2019 Dallas CASA Advocate Summit

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Irving Bible Church

2435 Kinwest Parkway

Irving, TX 75063

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Please join us for the 2019 Dallas CASA Advocate Summit. Advocates will have the opportunity to learn a wealth of information relevant to the child welfare system and CASA advocacy. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please plan to stay for the entire day, which includes three breakout sessions and a closing keynote address (8:30am-4:30pm). Eight hours of continuing education credits are available.

Summit Schedule

8:15 - 8:45am................Registration

8:45 - 8:55am................Welcoming Remarks

9:00 - 10:30am..............Workshop A (multiple breakout session choices)

10:45am -12:15pm........Workshop B (multiple breakout session choices)

12:15 - 1:00pm..............Lunch Provided

1:15 - 2:45pm................Workshop C (multiple breakout session choices)

3:00 - 4:30pm................Keynote Address and Closing

Workshop Topics

***Please note that there will be no pre-registration for specific breakout sessions. All workshops will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis as seats are available. A final schedule with session choices and locations will be provided at registration. Please know that we hope all advocates can attend the sessions they find most useful and relevant, but we cannot guarantee attendance at any particular workshop. More than 15 different workshops will be offered, including but not limited to the following:

Legal Panel: DA's Office, Attorneys, and CPS Staff (Dallas County attorneys and CPS staff)

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: America's Hidden Slavery (Cheryl Brasuell, Traffick 911)

In Her Shoes: Understanding Domestic Violence (Larry Matthews, CASA Supervisor, and members of Domestic Violence Awareness Coalition)

Becoming an Advocate and Ally for LGBTQ Youth (Carissa Rogers, Real Life Connection 365)

Utilizing Conflict Resolution Skills for Effective Advocacy (Debbie Guedry, CASA Supervisor)

Trauma-Informed Classrooms (Norma Eaves, CPS Education Specialist)

Engaging Teenagers (Brittney Verdell, Dallas CASA Supervisor)

When Your CASA Child Ages Out (Emily Dang, CASA Supervisor)

Domestic Violence 101 (Ryan Thomas, Hope’s Door New Beginning Center)

Collaborative Family Engagement (Kim Higgins, CASA Supervisor and Permanency Specialist)

Closing Plenary Session: Movement Matters! Exploring Creative Ways of Self-Expression and Dynamic Mindfulness (Lisa Vernon, Frisco ISD)


What time should I arrive?

Advocates are encouraged to arrive between 8:15am and 8:30am for registration. The event will begin promptly at 8:45am.

May I attend for just a few hours?

Given limited number of registrants allowed, we ask that advocates who attend commit to staying for the entire day. You won't want to miss the final session with a special keynote presentation. To discuss any special circumstances, please contact Lindsey O'Hare at

What are my parking options for the event?

Irving Bible Church provides free, on-site parking. A parking map will be provided before the event, but please use the lots off of Kinwest Parkway or Regent Drive.

What can I bring into the event?

You are encouraged to wear your CASA ID/name badge and bring a sweater or jacket. Outside food and drink is permitted but breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks will be provided throughout the day. You are encouarged to bring a notebook or other materials to take notes, as paper copies of the PowerPoints will not be provided.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You can bring your printed ticket or access the barcode on your mobile device at registration. If neither option is feasible, you'll still be able to sign in as long as you're pre-registered for the Summit on EventBrite (this website).

Will I automatically get credit for eight continuing education hours by attending?

No, advocates must self-report their attendance at the Summit in Optima under the "Training Tab." Please seek guidance from your supervisor on reporting training hours in Optima if needed.

What type of food and drinks will be provided?

We will provide a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Coffee and water will be available throughout the day. Lunch options are available for those who indicate gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or nut-free diet during registration. You are welcome to bring any food or snacks to meet your dietary needs or restrictions.

May I bring my spouse, partner, friend, child, or coworker to the event if they're interested in learning about CASA?

No. The Advocate Summit is only open to current Dallas CASA Advocates and staff. However, we'd love for you to bring your spouse, partner, friend, adult child, or coworker to an information session at Dallas CASA. The schedule of upcoming information sessions is available on the Dallas CASA website.

Who should I contact with questions?

Please direct questions about the Advocate Summit to Lindsey O'Hare, Dallas CASA Continuing Education Coordinator, at or 469-547-9466.

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Irving Bible Church

2435 Kinwest Parkway

Irving, TX 75063

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