The 2019 Texas CASA Conference: 30 Year Jubilee is excited to announce this year’s speakers and sessions! Featuring nationally and internationally recognized speakers and industry leaders, each session will help strengthen the CASA network and improve advocacy for children and youth. Texas CASA believes each of us is an essential part of the solution in providing a safe, positive future for all Texas children. Every position within our network has a role to play in shaping how CASA advocates for children, youths and families. These sessions will provide foundational information as well as more in-depth content so everyone can find the right sessions that match their needs. Check out a few sessions below or visit the 2019 Sessions page for the day-by-day breakdown.
TRANSFORMING TRAUMA – HOW TO DO THIS WORK & SUSTAIN
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Founder & Director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute, will discuss how a cumulative toll arises for people caring for others in traumatic circumstances, whether one is an advocate, a family member, a foster parent or a case worker, or in another role. This presentation will move, restore and inspire anyone involved in the child welfare system.
HEALING AMBIGUOUS LOSS: PROMOTING A SENSE OF HOME
Gina E. Miranda Samuels, Associate Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, will explore the concept of ambiguous loss and how we can heal, grieve the loss, and build relationships that can foster belonging, love, and authentic connections across our lifetimes.
INTERSECTION OF DOMESTIC ABUSE, TRAUMA & CHILD WELFARE
Dr. James Henry, Ph.D., Director of the Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center, will take a deeper look at the link between childhood trauma and future substance abuse and the necessity of identifying and addressing childhood trauma in the treatment of substance abuse.