Community Training Opportunities

Volunteer advocates are encouraged to broaden their knowledge base and stay up-to-date with the latest issues facing today's youth. In addition to CASA trainings, workshops and webinars, advocates may choose to attend relevant community programs that also can be applied to the annual continuing education requirement. Advocates, check here regularly to see if there's an upcoming program that interests you and your advocacy work. Be sure to let your supervisor know of any programs you've registered to attend!

April 6, 2017
Union County CARES: Domestic Violence Symposium, “Hidden Victims”
8:30 am to 2 pm
Kean University’s STEM Building, 1075 Morris Avenue, Union
Hosted by the Trauma and Domestic Violence Consortium of Union County. For details, log on to

April 19, 2017
Transitional Opportunity Program (TOP) Open House
10 am to 3 pm
Community Access Unlimited, 80 West Grand St., Elizabeth, NJ 07202 
Learn about services provided by TOP for youth in the community, with table displays, overview with Q&A, lunch and tours of residential complexes. Come for a few minutes, hours or on your lunch break! Administrative team, support staff and youth will meet and greet. Contact Latanya Palmer at 908-354-3040 x4394 or for details or to register.

April 25, 2017
Impact of Technology and Social Media on Youth and Youth Services
9 am to 12:30 pm
Community Access Unlimited, 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth
Cost: $45; register with Tanya Johnson at 908-354-3040 or

April 28, 2017: Save the Date!
Understanding and Addressing Child and Adolescent Trauma 
10 am to 4 pm
Marriott Hotel, Bridgewater 
Sponsored by the NJ Child Placement Advisory Council, the program features Judge Glenn A. Grant, Acting Administrative Director of the Courts, will discuss new court rulings affecting NJ families, with a focus on bail- and speedy-trial reform. Workshops include recognizing trauma in immigrant children, children of incarcerated parents, communicating with biological parents, cultural sensitivity, and attachment and bonding in foster children.

May 5, 2017
Trauma-Informed Care and Human Trafficking
8:30 am to 3 pm
Middlesex County Fire Academy, 1001 Fire Academy Drive, Sayreville
$25; register here.

May 20, 2017
Is Someone You Know Missing? NJ State Police host "ID the Missing and Bring Them Home"
1 to 5 pm
Rutgers University, College Avenue Student Cetner, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick.
Free. Meet families and friends coping with the disappearance of a loved one. 
For details, contact Sgt. Joel Trella at 609-882-2000, ext 2554 or

June 13, 2017
Combating Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: A Call to Action
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn
8:30 am to 4:30 pm; 6:30 pm concert with national recording artist Nicole Mullin
Hosted by Not On My Watch! Safe Haven Network International and NYC Faith-Based Coalition Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. Register here.

September 8, 2017
Implementing Evidence-Supported Services for Children and Families
8 am to 3 pm 
Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, 201 Village Boulevard, Princeton, NJ 08540
NJ Department of Children and Families and NJ Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect host program focused on expanding knowledge and understanding of strategies for selecting, funding, supporting and creating necessary conditions to implement and sustain evidence-supported services to achieve socially significant outcomes that meet the needs of children and families. Cost is $39.50, which includes coffee and buffet lunch. To register, contact Dalynn Knigge at 848-932-7315 or; or Bianca Kovalenko at 848-932-7316 or

Save the Date: October 25, 2017
Annual Union County Networking Conference
Community Access Unlimited, 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth
Hosted by the Union County Youth Services Steering Committee.
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