More than 600 people from across Texas tuned in to CASA for the 2018 Texas CASA Conference! From Oct. 18-20, the CASA network took over Denton and came together to strengthen our advocacy. This year’s sessions were deep dives that focused on four areas: well-being, trauma-informed care, connections and Collaborative Family Engagement, and cultural diversity and inclusion.
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Registration for the 2019 Texas CASA Conference will open in August.
“Why am I here? I’m not here because of the experts. I’m here because of the so-called ordinary people. Who don’t have big titles. They are advocates for 20 years and 30 years, and there’s a long trail of lives that they have touched… People a lot like Ruby.”
– Steve Pemberton at 2018 Texas CASA Conference
2018 Opening Keynote
Chief Human Resources Officer, Globoforce & Best Selling Author
Opening keynote speaker Steve Pemberton shared his triumphant life journey and how he overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to change his path. His story recounts how he was orphaned into foster care, then abandoned and betrayed by the very individuals entrusted with his care. Yet these challenges only fueled his desire to become a man of resilience, determination and vision.
While Pemberton did not have a CASA volunteer during his time in foster care, he shared how the “so-called ordinary people” were the ones that made the greatest impact in his life.
Thursday, Oct. 18 | 1:00 – 4:30 PM
WHY MUST WE “SEE” COLOR? MOVING TOWARD A RADICALIZED UNDERSTANDING OF CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES
Shari Johnson, LMSW, ACSW, The Traveling Diversity Professor
GETTING IT RIGHT FOR KIDS | PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP ASSESSMENTS
Bob Lewis, M.Ed., M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., Executive Director, Special Adoption Family Services
Connie Almeida, PhD, LSSP, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Fort Bend County
TOGETHER WE CAN! FAMILY ENGAGEMENT THAT HELPS CHILDREN & THEIR FAMILIES HEAL & THRIVE
Dr. Jill Stoddart, Director of Research, Development & Outcomes for Family & Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region; Diane Randall, author of Trusting Loving Connections – A Trauma Informed Parenting Intervention; Kevin Campbell, Family Finding Model Author & Youth Permanency Expert
ADVERSITY, STRESS, & TRAUMA: FINDING THE PATHWAYS TO RESILIENCE
Daniel Keating, Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics, University of Michigan School of Education
friday, oct. 19 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY A-Z
Jamie Bernstein, Assistant Director, Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission; Cheri Leutz, Staff Attorney & CASA Supervisor, Dallas CASA; Diane Sumoski, Associate Clinical Professor, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
EXAMINING WHITE ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE: THE JOURNEY TO AN EQUITABLE & INCLUSIVE ORGANIZATION!
Charlotte Caples, Chief Equity Officer, Charlotte Caples Consulting, LLC
THE POWER OF NETWORKS
Kevin Campbell, Family Finding Model Author and Youth Permanency Expert
UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA BASED CLINICAL TREATMENT & BEST PRACTICES FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE & THEIR FAMILIES
Katie Compton, M.A., LPC, RPT, CFLE, IMH-E (II), Licensed Professional Counselor
friday, oct. 19 | 1:30 – 5:00 PM
TAILORING TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE TO THE NEEDS OF ALL CHILDREN
Colleen Horton, MPAff, Policy Program Officer, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and Megan Mooney, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
TOWARDS US & US: CREATING SHARED WORLDS & UNDERSTANDINGS ON THE ROAD TO EQUITY, INCLUSION & RACIAL JUSTICE
Martha Ramos Duffer, Psy.D., Founder, Quantum Possibilities
THE NEW A.I. (APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY) – WHAT WORKS AND WHY
Dr. Jill Stoddart, Director of Research, Development and Outcomes for Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region; Diane Randall, author of Trusting Loving Connections – A Trauma Informed Parenting Intervention; Kevin Campbell, Family Finding Model Author and Youth Permanency Expert
WELL-BEING STARTS WITH ME
Debi Grebenik, Ph.D., LCSW, Chief Knowledge Officer, Alia
Thank you Denton for being a great host for the 2018 Texas CASA Conference.
Next up, we’re heading back to Galveston for 2019!
Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort
5600 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, Tx 77551
Texas CASA will have multiple room blocks available. Discounts will open at the same time as registration in August.
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THURSDAY | OCTOBER 18
Join us for live music on the Denton Square! Shuttles will be provided from the hotel.
FRIDAY | October 19
Featuring Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs and Opening Keynote Steve Pemberton
saturday | October 20
Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!
Jane Quentan Piper
Friends and Family of Melissa Jones
Dallas Women’s Foundation
Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union
Suzanne and Don Maloney
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