Independent Study Options and Guidelines

If you attend or complete education hours independently, please see below for instructions.

Please enter continuing education hours to the nearest quarter-hour in Optima (15 minutes is entered as .25). If a training event took less time than expected, please enter only the amount of time you spent on the training. Choose independent study as the format and choose the topic from the drop-down menu.

All books count as 1 hour per 100 pages of reading (rounded to the nearest .25 hour).

For your entry to be approved, please include the following in the note field:

  • What was it
    • Title of book, training, conference, webinar, etc.
  • Learning/Impact
    • What you learned/observed
    • How these insights relate to your role as a CASA

Thank you for your commitment to continuous learning, and for your part in maintaining our compliance with the standards of the National CASA/GAL Association.

Independent Study Opportunities available on Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hulu/Showtime

*Round to nearest 15 minutes (.25 hours) *

For all opportunities listed, please look at ratings and/or watch trailers to determine any triggers

  • 13th – Netflix, focus is Racism
  • I Am Not Your Negro – YouTube, focus is Racism
  • LA 92 – Netflix, focus is Racism
  • Gracie’s Choice – Prime, focus is Adoption
  • Instant Family – Prime and Hulu, focus is Adoption
  • Heroine – Netflix, focus is Opioid Addiction
  • Dope Sick Hulu, focus is Opioid Addiction
  • Disclosure – Netflix, focus is LGBTQ
  • The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson, focus is LGBTQ
  • The Ride – Amazon Prime, focus is Foster Care/Trauma
  • Short Term 12 – Prime, focus is Mental Health
  • Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole – Hulu series, focus on Trauma
  • Cusp – Showtime documentary, focus on Teens/Sexual Trauma/Growing Up


  • The Hate U Give – 4.5 hours of CE, focus is Racism, available in resource room
  • Such a fun age – 4 hours of CE, focus on Privilege and Race, novel with humor available at Appleton Public Library
  • There There – 3 hours of CE, focus is Cultural Competence, available in resource room
  • Half and Half – 2.5 hours of CE, focus is Cultural Competence, available in resource room
  • Evicted – 4 hours of CE, focus is Poverty, available in resource room
  • Before We Were Yours, focus is Poverty/Trauma
  • The Body Keeps Score, focus is Trauma, available in resource room
  • What Happened To You, focus is Trauma, available at Appleton Public Library
  • DopeSick, focus is Opioid Addiction, available in resource room


  • Strategies for Supporting Resilience and Healing in Victims of Child Maltreatment – 1 hour, focus is trauma-informed practices. Click HERE


  • Child Welfare Information Gateway Podcast Series: This podcast series, produced on behalf of the Children’s Bureau, presents a series of interviews and group conversations intended to provide beneficial information for busy child welfare and social work professionals. Click HERE