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
GAL Support Group Meetings

Monthly GAL Support Group meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at The Grove Spot, 3324 Virginia Street, Coconut Grove, FL 33133. The meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and last for approximately 2 hours.  Meeting topics vary each month, and knowledgeable speakers and panelists are invited to share their expertise with GALs — who also have a chance to interact with each other and the invited guests.

Attendance at a GAL Support Group meeting earns 2 hours of Continuing-Education credits.

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.