CASA Kane County offers continuing educational opportunities to our volunteer advocates throughout the year in order to meet their 12 hour requirement. Once a year, we bring in renowned speakers and offer a Fall Conference to our fellow community professionals as we continue to collaborate on helping families and children in need in our community.

This year’s conference speakers will be:

Dr. Mark Reinecke speaking on Depression in Youth including vulnerability factors as well as suicide prevention and treatment.

Dr. Cassandra Kisiel speaking on the Effects of Trauma on Youth including misdiagnoses and Trauma Informed Practices.

Allison Johnsen, LCPC, speaking on Secondary Trauma/Compassion Fatigue.

Friday, November 3, 2017


We are pleased to announce CASA Kane County’s Annual Community Educational Conference on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Pheasant Run in St. Charles.  This year’s event will feature multiple experts from Northwestern Medicine in the field of youth mental health on:

  • Anxiety and depression—cultural influences and social media
  • The effects of trauma—child and adolescent needs and strengths (CANS)
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and
  • Caregiver compassion fatigue

Our conference is a way to bring our community and educators together to better understand, respond to, and support children and families with anxiety, depression, trauma, school refusal and other mental health issues.  We will also be offering continuing education credits from a variety of fields such as social services, education, law and healthcare.  For additional information, please contact Vicki Shaw, Vice President of Advancement, at 630-444-3100 or

Friday, November 3, 2017

7:30 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – Conference Begins
11:45 a.m. – Lunch (provided on-site)
4:00 p.m. – Adjournment

Your registration fee for the conference is non-refundable. If you find that you are unable to attend, your registration may be transferred to another attendee or the amount paid will become a donation to CASA Kane County and assist in serving abused and neglected children.

Pheasant Run Resort
St. Charles Ballroom
4051 E. Main Street
St. Charles, Illinois

Please click here for a map and directions to Pheasant Run

$75 for the general public
**CASA Kane County volunteers can attend at a reduced rate, please contact Maria Casas at 630-232-4484**

Price includes all day conference with continental breakfast and lunch.

Continuing Education Credits Available!

For those attending, 6.25 EI, 6.0 CE and 6.0 CPDU credits are available. To ensure you receive credit, please contact Maria Casas at 630-232-4484 or prior to the conference.

Please also be sure to dress accordingly, as room temperatures have been known to fluctuate throughout the day.



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