National CASA endorses the VAA curriculum as continuing education for working with older youths.


What They're Saying

"This is a very thoughtful curriculum focusing on teens at risk. I found the resources and videos to be informative and helpful. I learned a great deal about teens and the need to focus on life skills. In other words, we cannot assume anything!"

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"My experiences in dealing with my CASA supervisor are very similar to those presented in these situations. My experience has been in dealing with much younger children so the interactions between advocates and other adults in the system has been a great help if I ever have to deal with older youth."

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"This is a very informative course and I would love to see it as an addition to the CASA training."


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Goals & Objectives for Each Module  


The Volunteer Advocate Academy is a curriculum dedicated to those adults who work and live with adolescents involved in the child welfare and the court systems. This online curriculum was developed with the assistance of hundreds of volunteer advocates and staffs from across the country. Their insight and feedback have been critical to provide you with comprehensive knowledge to provide young people as they transition towards adulthood. National CASA endorses the Volunteer Advocate Academy curriculum as continuing education for working with older youths.

The entire ten-module curriculum takes an estimated four hours to complete, but you may spend as many as six hours if you spend time appropriately reviewing the resources. Users are encouraged to complete the curriculum over a period of time. Each module has additional learning resources for users to explore and expand their knowledge base.

Users will find the curriculum becomes more than a curriculum. It becomes a forever resource that updates regularly with best practices, legislation, and research dedicated to this population of youths.

The modules include resources and skill based learning on the following topics:

1. Overview to Working with Court Involved Adolescents
2. Adolescent Development and the Impact of Trauma
3. The Role of the Adolescent in the Courtroom
4. Environment: Youth, Family, and Others
5. Identity and Diversity
6. Youth Health and Addictions
7. Understanding Youth Educational Needs
8. Life Skills Development
9. Work Experiences for Youths
10. Living Arrangements

Please click “Goals and Objectives for each Module” above to learn the specific learning objectives for the entire curriculum.

Who should use this curriculum?
Social Workers
Educators
Youth Workers
Guardians ad Litem
CASA Volunteers and Staff
Mentors
Casemanagers
Parents
Foster and Adoptive Parents
Residential Counselors
Anyone interested in learning more about working and living with adolescents.

Thank you for your interest in the Volunteer Advocate Academy. If you have questions about this curriculum, please contact Nancy Carter, 800-820-0001 or (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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