In-Service Readings

Book Lists  |  Publications  |  CASA of Arizona Training Courses

This section offers suggestions for written training courses, publications, and books that volunteers can read for in-service training hours. The publications and written training courses indicate the number of applicable in-service hours and include a brief summary of the topics covered. For books, we recommend that you receive in-service hours matching the time it takes you to read the book. Track the time it takes you to read the book and record that on the KCN In-service Form. If your program has a different requirement for receiving in-service hours for books, please adhere to your program’s practice.

Upon completion of any of the in-service training opportunities listed below, document your experience by completing the KCN Volunteer In-Service Training Form (click here). You will automatically receive a copy of your responses, which you should then forward to your Local Program for its in-service training records. You should complete the form each time you complete a training opportunity. If you have questions about the form or any of the opportunities listed below, please contact us.

Book Lists

The books contained in these lists are recommended for in-service credit. We recommend that you receive in-service hours matching the time it takes you to read the book. If your program has a different requirement for receiving in-service hours for books, please adhere to your program’s practice. Remember to complete the KCN Volunteer In-Service Training Form (click here) after reading each book.

CASA of Arizona Book List

This book list contains some titles that overlap with the National CASA list, and some additional titles. The books are broken into the following topics: CASA volunteer work, child development, child protection and the legal system, child welfare, communication, cultural competence, domestic violence, education, foster care and adoption, medical, mental health, and substance abuse. 

National CASA Book List

The books on this list were compiled to improve and inspire service to children. Note that each book indicates the audience - those that say 'Volunteer' are recommended for in-service credit. Topics included in this book list are: abuse, adoption, child advocate skill-building, child welfare, communication, cultural competency and diversity, working with children and older youth, foster care, and research and evaluation. 


The following publications are recommended for in-service hours. Each publication indicates the number of hours that should be submitted to your local program for documentation. Remember to complete the KCN Volunteer In-Service Training Form (click here) after reading each publication.

2016 CYPM In Brief: Improving Educational Outcomes for Crossover Youth (Center for Juvenile Justice Reform)

The Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) was developed to improve outcomes for youth who are involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This brief is the third in a series that addresses important issues faced by crossover youth and the systems that serve them. (0.5 hours)

2017 CYPM In Brief: Engaging Court Appointed Special Advocates to Improve Outcomes for Crossover Youth (Center for Juvenile Justice Reform)

This brief, which is the fourth in a series of CJJR publications that addresses important issues faced by crossover youth and the systems that serve them, highlights the critical role that CASAs play in supporting crossover youth. (0.5 hours)

2018 LGBTQ Youth Report (Human Rights Campaign)  NEW

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the University of Connecticut released the largest-of-its-kind survey ever of more than 12,000 LGBTQ teenagers across the nation, revealing in distressing detail the persistent challenges so many of them face going about their daily lives at home, at school and in their communities. (1 hour)

2018 Prevention Resource Guide (Children's Bureau)

Resources for National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April) 2018 are included in this guide. This was designed to support service providers as they work with families to promote child well-being and prevent child maltreatment. It focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development. (1.5 hours)

Acts of Omission: An Overview of Childhood Neglect (Children's Bureau)  NEW

This bulletin for child welfare professionals addresses the scope of the problem of child neglect as well as its consequences, reviews definitions and strategies for assessing neglect, presents lessons learned about prevention and intervention, and suggests sources of training and informational support. Strategies for addressing neglect, beginning with prevention, are included. (0.5 hours)

The Risk and Prevention of Maltreatment of Children with Disabilities (Children's Bureau)

This publication examines the statistics and research related to maltreatment of children with disabilities, risk factors, and strategies for prevention. Issues encountered when assessing a child with a disability for maltreatment are explored, and information about promising prevention, collaboration, and training approaches are outlined. (0.5 hours)

The Road to Adulthood: Aligning Child Welfare Practice with Adolescent Brain Development (Annie E Casey Foundation)

With knowledge of how the adolescent brain matures, adults can do more to ensure that the road leaving foster care will take young people to self-sufficiency and successful adulthood. This guide tells how. (1 hour)

Rural Child Welfare Practice (The Children's Bureau)

This publication highlights the importance of understanding the concerns and needs of children and families in rural communities, their strengths and resources, and the cultural sensitivity required of child welfare professionals as they work to achieve safety, permanency, and well-being for rural children. (0.5 hours)

Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth (The Children's Bureau)

Summarizes the effects of early trauma on brain development and steps child welfare professionals can take to screen for developmental delays and identify the trauma-affected children and youth in their care. Looks at ways to access cross-sector, therapeutic, and evidence-based treatment to encourage healthy recovery for trauma-affected children and youth. (0.5 hours)

Transformational Relationships for Youth Success (Center for the Study of Social Policy)  NEW

Transformational relationships help young people see that they matter and that they can change the way they think, feel, and act. This recent report describes a study that looks at the role of transformational relationships in the lives of youth and how to promote them. The report describes what makes relationships transformational, the attributes of workers who are most successful at creating such relationships, and what organizations need to do to promote them. It also probes the larger question of how complex public system can avoid getting in the way of relationships and actually promote them. (0.5 hours)

Working with Kinship Caregivers (The Children's Bureau)

This bulletin is designed to help child welfare professionals promote kinship care by providing kinship caregivers with information, referral, and support services to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in their care. Information about trends in kinship care, caseworker and caregiver training, and examples of successful State and local kinship care programs are included. (0.5 hours)

CASA of Arizona Training Courses

Arizona CASA has published some written training courses that cover various topics. The trainings listed below are recommended for in-service credit. Each training can be viewed online or as a PDF, or downloaded as an MP3 file. Each training course indicates the number of hours that should be submitted. Remember to complete the KCN Volunteer In-Service Training Form (click here) after reading through each training course.

Anxiety Disorder:  Web  |  PDF  |  MP3

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America. This training module discusses different kinds of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, separation anxiety, OCD, PTSD, social anxiety, and general anxiety. It also provides information about psychotherapy and drug treatment. (0.5 hours)

Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder:  Web  |  PDF  |  MP3

The most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder of childhood is broken down, and the following are explored: causes, symptoms, disorders, barriers, and pharmacological and psychosocial treatments. (1 hour)

Autism:  Web  |  PDF  |  MP3

This course reviews potential causes of autism, as well as the diagnosis, treatment, and coping that can go along with the developmental disorder. (0.5 hours)

Childhood Depression:  Web  |  PDF  |  MP3

As many as one in 33 children and one in eight adolescents may have depression. This training module identifies misconceptions, risk factors, early signs, diagnosis, treatment, and family advice. (0.5 hours)

Childhood Neglect:  Web  |  PDF  |  MP3

This training module introduces the concept of childhood neglect. It further provides an explanation about the types of neglect, as well as causes, consequences, intervention, and prevention. (1 hour)

Domestic Violence:  Web  |  PDF  |  MP3

This training explains how domestic violence fits into a cycle of violence, addresses both myths and facts, provides suggestions for addressing parents, and delves into a child’s symptoms, needs, and behavior. (1 hour) 

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome:  Web  |  PDF  |  MP3

In this module, the criteria, effects, treatment, traits, and statistics of fetal alcohol syndrome are explained in detail. (0.5 hours) 

Neonatal and Newborn Substance Exposure:  Web  |  PDF  |  MP3

This module addresses the possible effects of neonatal and newborn exposure to cocaine, opiates, smoking, and alcohol. It also talks about the procedure for the child’s removal from the parent, as well as the pros and cons of the removal. (0.5 hours)