Prospective CASA/GAL volunteers undergo a thorough one-time, 40-hour training. The training includes self-guided learning over the Internet and an evening class each week for six weeks. CASA volunteers learn effective advocacy and investigation techniques and how to write a report to the Court. They are additionally educated about specific topics ranging from child abuse and neglect to domestic violence, parental substance abuse, the law, and courtroom procedure. The training curriculum also includes information about poverty, cultural awareness, and sensitivity. The training is highly interactive and includes case studies to enable the development of skills. The culmination of the initial training is the swearing-in ceremony with the Juvenile Court Judges, where CASA/GAL volunteers become sworn officers of the Court.