Getting Started
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Getting Started Training

The Getting Started training curriculum provides an introduction to the CASA volunteer role and the CASA of Arizona program as well as an overview of the challenges faced by children and families in the child welfare system.

The Getting Started manual contains 6 sections and includes several activities and review questions that need to be completed before a prospective CASA volunteer attends the 2-day Advocacy Academy training.

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

Getting Started Manual
Getting Started Manual (entire manual)
Preface of Manual
Sec. 1 - Introduction to CASA
Review Questions
Sec. 2 - Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect
Activity: Seeing the Whole Child
Review Questions
Sec. 3 - Issues Impacting Families
Activity: Assessing Your Knowledge
Activity: Poverty vs. Neglect
Activity: Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Activity: Responding to What the Child Experiences
Review Questions
Sec. 4 - Child Development Basics
Activity: Understanding the Needs of Children
Activity: Ages and Stages
Activity: Risk Factors and Protective Factors
Review Questions
Sec. 5 - Developing Culural Competence
Activity: Cultural Pursuit
Activity: Exploring Your Culture and Perceptions
Activity: Assessing Your Cultural Competence
Review Questions
Sec. 6 - Being A CASA Volunteer in Arizo/a