16th Annual GAL/CASA Conference

16th Annual

2012 Indiana GAL/CASA State Conference

October 13, 2012

 Marriott East, Indianapolis, Indiana


Welcome to the registration site for the 2012 Indiana GAL/CASA State Conference!

This year, we are using an electronic registration system for the annual conference.  We will not accept paper registrations and we will not have on-site registration the day of the conference.  Please pay by credit card when you register.  We cannot accept payment by check this year.  Program directors (only) can pay by county claim voucher if necessary by selecting the “journal voucher” payment option.  Directors paying for volunteers by claim voucher will have to register each volunteer they are paying for.  If you are a volunteer whose program is paying for your registration, please contact your program director and s/he must complete the online registration for you.  The director will have to enter your e-mail address when they register you and you will then receive an email confirming your registration.  Registration will close on October 1, 2012.  


Registration Fees:      
GAL/CASA Staff and Volunteers $50.00
GAL Attorneys $75.00

A continental breakfast and full lunch are included in your registration fee.

Hotel Accommodations:

If you are planning on arriving in Indianapolis on Friday evening, and would like to reserve a hotel room, we have reserved at block of rooms at the Marriott East for the conference rate of $91.00.  Individuals are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel reservations.  Reservations must be received by the hotel on or before Tuesday, September 28, 2012.  You may call the Marriott Hotels and Resorts toll free at their central office at 800-228-9290, or the Indianapolis Marriott East directly at 317-352-1231.  Reference the 16th Annual GAL/CASA Conference when you call to reserve a room.  Use this link to make reservations online:

Marriott East Hotel Reservations

Parking and Driving Instructions

There is plenty of free parking at the Marriott East!  It would be most convenient for you to drive around to the back of the hotel, and park in the lot of the Conference Center.  Enter under the awning, and Liberty Hall and the registration tables will be right at the bottom of the stairs.  For handicap accessible entry to the conference, please either use the front entrance of the hotel, or use the ramp and far rear entrance of the Conference Center for safe and easy access.  Driving directions to the hotel can be downloaded on the right hand side of the screen. 

2012 Conference Schedule

Registration and Continental Brekfast 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Opening Plenary and Keynote Address 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Exhibits and Networking 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Breakout Session I 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Awards Luncheon 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Breakout Session II 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Breakout Session III 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

All sessions are subject to change. Time and location are TBD.

  • Being Invited Into Big Mamma’s Chair (Cultural Competency)- LaDonna Wattley
  • CASA, Kids, and Drugs (Part 1)- Reimer and Holmes
  • CASA, Kids, and Drugs (Part 2)- Reimer and Holmes
  • Domestic Violence in CASA Cases-Loretta Oleksy
  • Freak Out, Freeze, Flight, and Fight: (Ages and Stages and the Effects of Trauma and Abuse)-Dr. Pat Pernicano
  • Grandparents as Caregivers-The Sociology of Aging and Children-Dr. Nancy Greenwood
  • Hand in Hand: The Power of Relationships in Healing Young Children-Holly Schlaack
  • Help for the Helper-Amy Rosen and Greg Fry
  • Inoculating Children Against Depression-Dennis Bumgarner
  • Juvenile Delinquency: Panel Discussion On Dual Jurisdiction Cases-Youth Law T.E.A.M., 2 public defenders, CASA volunteer, and a judge
  • Working With Tough Kids-Robert Rinearson
  • Bullying: Those Who Bully, and Those Who are Victims of Bullying-Robert Rinearson
  • Collaborative Care Agreements-Alishea Hawkins and Possible Youth Panel
  • The Effects of Child Sexual Abuse-Sgt. Terry Hall (invited)


Dr. Jaiya John

Jaiya John is the founder of Soul Water Rising, a global human mission based in Silver Spring, Maryland. He serves as a professional speaker; poet; author; and youth mentor and advocate. Jaiya has addressed thousands of youth and adults internationally, always with the intent of stirring the soul to remember itself. This work is truly his mission, ministry, and life. Jaiya is a doctor of psychology, and previously was a professor of social psychology at Howard University from 1995 from 1998, and associate director for the National Center on Permanency for African American Children from 1999 to 2001.

Jaiya was born into foster care in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and earned his doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz in social psychology, focusing on identity development and intergroup relations. In 1988 he lived in the Himalayan nation of Nepal, where his study of Tibetan medicine provided him insight into holistic concepts of physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Being of not only African (including Balanta, Mende, and Kru) but also Blackfeet and Cherokee descent; and having grown up immersed in New Mexico’s American Indian and Latino cultures, Jaiya has a deep appreciation for the spiritual and communal passions that spring from these worlds. This spirit he ingrains in his messages about our social world.

Through the Young Life Drumbeat program, Jaiya offers youth mentoring, leadership, and heritage projects; along with creative literacy contests and projects. Jaiya’s work with youth centers on positive, productive identity as a root for life success and achieving purpose. Globally, Jaiya is invested in healing and treating our human spirit for its fundamental ailment: failure to recognize our inescapable oneness in the web of life. This same web offers our way out of suffering. From work on global and local social disparities; to conflict and trauma between and within groups; to the fragile life arc from childhood through adulthood, Jaiya reaches for our personal and collective giftedness to release human beauty from its self-imposed cage of misunderstanding.


Please visit Dr. John’s web page to become familiar with our keynote and his books.

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