2016 Southern Utah Regional CASA Conference

CASA advocates from the Fifth District (Cedar City and St. George) and Sixth District (Richfield and Manti) gathered on November 2, 2016 in St. George to learn about many programs and issues to help them improve as CASAs.

DCFS Transition to Adult Living specialists taught about the valuable skill development and resources available to foster youth in their teens.  A Healthy Utah representative taught us that humor is a great tool to use to reduce stress and tension in both our work and personal lives.  St. George Pediatrician, Dr. Kerrie Smith, works with child abuse victims and shared some of her stories. And we all learned together by playing a game called The Brain Architecture Game.  We saw how life’s experiences – both good and bad- help form our brain structure and ability to handle the tasks of daily life. Six of our Guardians ad Litem formed a panel to answer questions submitted by the days’ attendees.

63 CASAs, six Guardians ad Litem and three CASA Program Coordinators participated in the days’ activities.  “I think we each learned something new today, and learning new things is valuable in our work with abused and neglected children,” said Sixth District Program Coordinator Karen Payne.