Training of the Facilitator
In 2011, Illinois CASA launched it’sTraining of the Facilitator (TOF) program specific for CASA programs in Illinois. Grounded in National CASA curriculum, and tailored to meet the needs specific to those who train potential CASA volunteers in Illinois, this event has become a highly sought-after educational opportunity. Since its inception, 50 participants from across Illinois have been chosen for this unique opportunity to learn facilitation skills, discuss issues specific to screening, training, and retaining CASA volunteers, and network with peers from across the state.
Training of the Facilitator Program
The Illinois CASA Training of the Facilitator (TOF) Program is a16-hour course which prepares participants to work with CASA volunteers (from recruitment and screening, to training and beyond) pursuant to National CASA and local standards. The training includes
online exercises as well as a two day in-person session. Participants also benefit from networking with other CASA representatives who have devoted years to training and supervising CASA volunteers.
Areas of focus include:
•Effective Tools for Advocate Recruitment and Screening
•Identifying and Accommodating Different Adult Learning Styles
•Understanding the National CASA Core Curriculum for Advocate Training
•Identifying and Utilizing Resources to Supplement the National CASA Core Curriculum
•Recognizing and Implementing Best Practice Policies and Procedures for CASA Programs
•Strengthening Advocate Retention