Training

CASA Volunteer Training

CASA volunteers receive training in courtroom procedures, social services, the juvenile justice system and the special needs of abused and neglected children.

Training Process

CASA provides the training required in order to be sworn in as a  Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer. 

The initial CASA volunteer training is a combination of online work, an in-person orientation, and four in-person, three-hour training sessions. The sessions will be offered twice a week for two weeks with the first session planned for February 2020. 

1. Submit an application

2. Potential volunteer will be interviewed by CASA staff and approved for training

3. Online portion is available once volunteer attends an orientation 

CASA volunteer advocates are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours per year of continuing education after completing the initial training requirement.

Fees associated with becoming a CASA advocate or mentor include:
Fingerprinting$20
Administrative fee to help CASA offset the cost of screening and training$75
DMV Records$5

Scholarship funding is available to assist in covering these costs.

The training curriculum covers the following topic areas:

  • Child Development and Family Systems
  • Community Resources for Children
  • Roles and Responsibilities of a CASA Advocate
  • Cross-Cultural Issues
  • Dependency Law and Procedure
  • Investigation, Interviewing, Report Writing
  • Dynamics of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • 2020 Training Schedule

    Please view the Training Schedule below for upcoming dates and times.

    March - april 2020 - CANCELLED

    North County Office

    Orientation: Monday, March 9, 2020 from 6pm – 9pm

    Class dates (Monday/Wednesday): March 23, 25, 30, and April 1 from 6pm – 9pm

    April- May 2020

    San Luis Obispo

    Orientation: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 6pm – 9pm

    Class dates (Tuesday/Thursday): April 28 and 30, May 5 and 7 from 6pm – 9pm

    september 2020

    San Luis Obispo

    Orientation: Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 6pm – 9pm

    Class dates (Tuesday/Thursday): September 15, 17, 22, 24 from 6pm – 9pm

    COVID-19: Update from CASA of San Luis Obispo County.

    Our office will be open by appointment only until April 3.

    Please stay in touch with us! You may access your supervisor by calling or texting their cell phone. If you don’t have their number, please call our office (805-541-6542) and we will direct you.

    The CASA emergency phone is available nights and weekends (805-441-0044). At this time, in person info sessions, in-service training and CASA training is cancelled. We are in the process of reaching out to anyone signed up for either of these; please check our website for more information and updates.