Beyond the Basics
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Beyond the Basics Training

The Beyond the Basics training curriculum encourages a further exploration of personal values and discusses effective communication, case management, self care and specific resources and services that are available in each county.

The Beyond the Basics manual contains 5 sections and includes several activities that need to be completed before a new CASA volunteer can begin work on his/her first case. 

The manual is provided below in a full PDF file and also divided into individual sections. The activities have been formatted for completion online or can be printed separately. Please check with your CASA program for instructions on completing the activities.

Beyond the Basics Manual
Beyond the Basics (entire manual)
Preface of Manual
Sec. 1 - Understanding Families / Values & Views
Activity: Identifying Family Characteristics
Activity: Seeing the Strengths in the Harris-Price Family
Activity: Billy's Story
Activity: Stress Level Assessment
Sec. 2 - Communicating as a CASA Volunteer
Activity: Introducing Yourself as a CASA Volunteer
Activity: Conflict in CASA Work
Activity: What Do You Say?
Sec. 3 - CASA Work
Activity: Perceptions of the Court
Activity: Oral Recommendations
Sec. 4 - Self Care for CASA Volunteers
Activity: Sustaining Your Motivation
Sec. 5 - Statewide Services and Local Resources