“A Generation In Crisis: Youth Mental Illness”
CASA’s Annual Fall Educational Conference

November 3, 2017

The CASA Kane County Annual Fall Educational Conference is highly anticipated for our CASA/GAL volunteers and staff along with our community partners that includes; educators, nonprofits, counselors, law enforcement, healthcare, judicial, legal, and social service groups to receive a quality educational conference that is close to home.

Our topic this year in partnership with Northwestern Medicine is on responding to the urgent needs of our children and families suffering with anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health and social issues that our culture influences.

See more detailed descriptions below on the day of including a listing of our speakers.


Mark A. Reinecke, Ph.D. ABPP, ACT
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Chief, Division of Psychology Northwestern University

Youth Depression: Trends, Treatment, & Prevention
Depression among youth places individuals at risk for academic, social, and vocational difficulties, anxiety and recurrent mood disorders during adulthood, alcohol and substance abuse, and suicide.  The World Health Organization now ranks depression as the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide (surpassing heart disease and cancer).  In this presentation, factors that place youth at risk for suicide will be discussed and the audience will be provided with evidence-based approaches to assessment and treatment.

Cassandra Kisiel, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator & Director, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Center for Child Trauma Assessment, Services and Interventions

Understanding the Impact of Complex Trauma on Youth and Families
As the primary developer of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and a trauma consultant for DCFS for over 20 years, Dr. Kisiel will provide an overview of complex trauma, including diagnostic and clinical issues and share effective trauma-informed practices and strategies for multidisciplinary providers and systems serving children impacted by complex trauma.

Allison G. Johnsen, LCPC, BCC
Manager, Behavioral Health, Northwestern Medicine at CDH, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and Board Certified Coach.

Vicarious Trauma: Protecting Yourself
Vicarious Trauma, also called Compassion Fatigue, may become a result of the chronic stress resulting from the caregiving work one chooses to do. Repeated exposure to another person’s trauma and painful situation, especially if one has had a similar experience at one point in one’s own life, can take its toll.  But, it is possible to practice healthy, ongoing self-care while successfully continuing to care for others.  Ms. Johnsen will discuss practical ways of preventing, recognizing and reversing compassion fatigue.”

Also featuring a Dynamic Legal Panel : How the Justice System Interacts with Youth who have Mental Illness – CLICK HERE to read more about the panel


Presiding Judge Donald C. Hudson, Second District Appellate Court

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Judge Clint Hull, Sixteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge

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Donald Kramer, Kane County Sheriff


Lark Cowart, Esq., Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office

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Lyndsay A. Markley, Esq., Law Office of Lyndsay A. Markley, Ltd.


  • $120 General Admission
  • $80 Nonprofit, Government, Education, Other CASA Programs
  • $40 CASA Kane County CASA/GAL Volunteers


Price includes all day conference with continental breakfast and lunch.

Your registration fee for the conference is non-refundable.
If you cannot attend, your registration can be transferred to another attendee or the amount paid will become a donation to CASA Kane County and the abused and neglected children they serve.


For those attending, 6 CEU, CPDU, EI and MCLE credits are available.

Please dress in layers, room temperatures may fluctuate throughout the day.


Date                Friday, November 3, 2017

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

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

Please click here for a map and directions to Pheasant Run


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