Continuing Education for GALs

In-service training for GALs is critically important as it enhances skills and permits indispensable, in-depth learning on relevant topics and allows GALs to stay current with changes in the court system and the delivery of social services.

All certified GALs are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of in-service training per year. (There is no in- service requirement during the first year of a GAL’s certification. However, new GAL volunteers are encouraged to participate in continuing education.) GALS can earn continuing education credits in a variety of ways:

  • attending training sessions/seminars in person or on-line;
  • attending child-welfare conferences;
  • attending monthly GAL Support Group meetings;
  • attending court hearings for cases assigned to the GAL;
  • mentoring new GALs who have completed the FLEX training;
  • reading a book listed on the National CASA Book List;
  • watching a movie listed on the National CASA Film List; or
  • attending a Community Based Care (CBC) Alliance Board Meeting.

GALs who complete any continuing education activity should log in to Optima under the Training Logs tab and record their in-service training hours.

National CASA Book & Film Lists

The National Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) Association offers the following lists to help improve and inspire GALs’ service to children.

In-Service Trainings & Community Events

Continuing Education for GALs

In-service training for GALs is critically important as it enhances skills and permits indispensable, in-depth learning on relevant topics and allows GALs to stay current with changes in the court system and the delivery of social services.

All certified GALs are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of in-service training per year. (There is no in- service requirement during the first year of a GAL’s certification. However, new GAL volunteers are encouraged to participate in continuing education.) GALS can earn continuing education credits in a variety of ways:

  • attending training sessions/seminars in person or on-line;
  • attending child-welfare conferences;
  • attending monthly GAL Support Group meetings;
  • attending court hearings for cases assigned to the GAL;
  • mentoring new GALs who have completed the FLEX training;
  • reading a book listed on the National CASA Book List;
  • watching a movie listed on the National CASA Film List; or
  • attending a Community Based Care (CBC) Alliance Board Meeting.

GALs who complete any continuing education activity should log in to Optima under the Training Logs tab and record their in-service training hours.