I have been in the special needs field for 15 years and am very aware of my risks, my kiddos make me proudevery day! I also volunteer for Special Olympics at my School every month
There is training of 12 weeks however, please don't expect to know what you're doing unless you have a good classroom trainer and mentor.
Answered - Investigator 1 (Former Employee) - Houston, TX
They keep changing the way training is done. When I went through training I had to spend weeks a time down in Beaumont of all places and then several weeks down in Austin. Mixed in I would spend a week here and there in the field. Now, there is more of an emphasis on training in the field.
In any case it doesn't really matter because training doesn't really help much. You just have to do it and learn by doing things for yourself. Hopefully your educational background will have prepared you to some extent. My advice:
Learn how to write a formal business letter
Learn how to communicate with judges in a respectful but confident tone.
Learn basic legal terms and jargon.
Learn how to prepare a court report.
Learn how to document objectively.
Match names with faces of attorneys and CASA workers.
Learn how to handle angry people.
Learn the different psychotropic medications, their uses, and side effects.
Learn how to visit someone in jail and prison.
Learn the basics of the criminal justice system.
Learn how to properly fasten infants and children in car seats.
Learn the safe way to position infants for sleep.
Learn how to confront caregivers in a respectful but authoritative manner when you see something that isn't being done properly.
Learn how to communicate with people from physicians and therapists to angry teens throwing tantrums to low functioning adults to little toddlers.
While you're training give serious thought to how you plan to balance work and home.
You have to do some assignments with a skilled worker in the field. That is still not enough training. After you are done with the assignments they send you to another city for two week training. Once you come back they will assign you 15 cases that does not have any alleged perpetrators.
Answered - In Home Specialist (Former Employee) - Houston, TX