2017 State CASA Conference
Friday, November 10 & Saturday, November 11
Stephanie Grant, LPC, PhD: How to Talk to Children about Trauma
Trauma is a complex topic that can be hard to break down to a child's level without sounding scary or overwhelming. Dr. Grant will teach volunteers explain trauma in a way that makes sense to kids and gives them language to process what they, their friends, or their siblings may be experiencing. Multiple hands on illustrations will be presented for you to replicate on your own later.
Stephanie is trained as a Developmental Psychologist and is licensed as a Professional Counselor. She currently works as the Director of Infant Mental Health and Trauma Informed Communities at Developmental Enhancement Behavioral Health in Holland, MI. She has masters degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Psychology and a PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology. Her clinical and research interests focus on working with infants and children with attachment concerns and trauma histories, specifically those who have adoption or foster care backgrounds. She works as a clinician, professor, and researcher. She is also a foster and adoptive parent herself.
Lauren Leeman : From Abuse to Adoption: A CASA Story
Ms. Leeman will share her personal and professional CASA story, from age 7 when her bio parents divorced to age 28 when she was adopted. At 12, Ms. Leeman received a CASA volunteer in Colorado - her story of life-changing support from her volunteer will help all volunteers serve their kids even better.
Today, Ms. Leeman is a nonprofit development professional with over a decade in the child welfare field. She speaks nationally on issues of child abuse and neglect and is especially invested in the work of CASA, as she had a CASA volunteer as a child twenty years ago. Ms. Leeman has shared her personal and professional CASA story from Hawaii to Michigan for over a dozen years. She is currently living in Colorado and has a BA in Communication from Denison University.