Once your application has been processed, all volunteers must complete the trainings below PRIOR to their in-person training. If you are new to CPS or DFPS, we recommend you complete the OCAST training before your pre-service training.
For volunteers, this pre-service training will equip you with the solid base of knowledge you need to powerfully and compassionately advocate for a child that has been abused or neglected. In addition to gaining an understanding of the child protection system and the CASA volunteer role, you will also learn about trauma and resilience, efforts at improving our systems, cultural competence and much more.
For facilitators, our facilitation guide and materials will support you in offering the curriculum in a dynamic, energizing and unforgettable way.
Texas CASA created an interactive e-learning course, Online Core Advocacy Skills Training (OCAST), to walk you through everything that happens when a child comes to the attention of CPS. Within the course, there are six modules that take one to two hours each to complete, with a quiz at the end of each module. Participants will receive a brief follow-up survey and will be able to print their grades as proof of completion.