CASA Annual Conference Advocates for Youth Mental Illness

youth mental illness casaHealth and wellness isn’t just an issue tied to the legal profession. It’s also a rising epidemic impacting children across the country. That’s why CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kane County, a nonprofit volunteer organization that advocates for children in the juvenile court system, is hosting its annual fall conference around the subject matter. 

In collaboration with Northwestern Medicine, A Generation in Crisis: Youth Mental Illness unites Illinois lawyers, judges, doctors, educators, counselors, and law enforcement to lead the conversation surrounding youth mental illness. The goal of the conference is to teach the Illinois legal community, how to effectively and respectfully respond to the needs of children and their families suffering with anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mental health issues who use or may need the legal system. 

Topics for discussion will include how depression is impacting today’s youth and how to engage and treat children facing these stresses. Attendees will also learn about both complex and vicarious trauma, learning how to recognize it, so that it can be prevented and ultimately work to reverse its effects on kids. 

In addition to this, a panel of judges and lawyers will also address how the justice system interacts with patrons, particularly youth who are battling mental illness.  

The CASA conference will take place on November 3, 2017 from 8:30am – 4:30pm at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois.  

General admission is $120 per person. However, the rates vary based on your employer. Those working for nonprofit, government, education organizations pay $80, and CASA Kane County volunteers will be charged $40 for admission. 

Admission include the cost of a continental breakfast and lunch. 

Lawyers attending the CASA Fall Conference can receive up to 6 CEU, CPDU, EI, and MCLE credits. To ensure all credit is received, please contact Debra Cook at 630-444-3106 or by email at debrac@casakanecounty.org prior to the event. 

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