ADVOCATE Training & Continuing Education Resources


Empowered to Connect Rewind - Show Hope’s Empowered to Connect Conference offers practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, caregivers, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care. The past two conferences have included presentations on Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) methods developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, which exists to bring attachment and connection in families. The nationwide participation in the Empowered to Connect Conference is a testament to the impact and work of Dr. Karyn Purvis. For more information and to register click here

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Learning Center – You will need to create a free account in order to access these 

Building Community, Building Hope – Film series shows real-world, collaborative solutions to the problem of child abuse and neglect. Each film comes with a discussion toolkit and supporting materials.  Click here

National Criminal Justice Training Center – Strategies for Supporting Resilience and healing in Victims of Child Maltreatment. Click here

 "Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools" - normally $199, but free when you use coupon code TRAUMAINFORMED at checkout. 

TED Talks

Videos /Movies

All Rise: For the Good for the Children (75 min) - Takes you inside the courtroom of an unconventional judge in East Texas who takes a trust-based, trauma-informed approach to healing broken families in the child welfare system. Two families share how their lives were transformed through the support and intervention offered by Judge Carole Clark and her team of lawyers, mental health experts and child advocates. 


Podcast CASA on the Go: the continuing education podcast for CASA Volunteers 

Texas CASA is excited to launch CASA on the Go, a new continuing education podcast for CASA volunteers and staff. Through short, dynamic episodes, this podcast connects CASA advocates with subject matter experts discussing topical issues connected to child welfare. Search for and subscribe to CASA on the Go on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or Spotify. 

Books/Resource Guides

2019/2020 Prevention Resource Guide - designed to help individuals and organizations in every community strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Resource Guide focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development.  Click here.

The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris