CASA 101 Information Session



07/28 | 7 - 9 p.m.

Virtual In-Service: Zoom Link TBD

The Mechanics of Addiction

Shelby/Spencer County supervisor Joseph Grove will teach this two-hour look at why certain people are drawn to drugs and alcohol, how they become psychologically and physically addicted to them, and what must happen for them to live clean and sober lives again. Grove has taught this material to several groups going through CASA training and has experience working with people battling addictions.

07/30 | 6 p.m.

Virtual In-Service: Zoom Link 

Buddy Break 

Presented by Melissa Bailey.


Buddy Break is a free parents’ day out/respite program where kids with all types of special needs have fun while their parents get a break. At Buddy Break kids and their siblings make new friends, play games, do crafts, hear childrens’ stories, enjoy music and more.

08/25 | 7 - 9 p.m.

Virtual In-Service: Zoom Link TBD

Decoding Boys

Much attention has rightfully been placed on the female experience of sexual maturation, but—says Dr. Cara Natterson, whose book "Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons” will inform the content of this two-hour in-service—we have neglected to fully understand the timing and events experienced by our young men. Joseph Grove, Shelby and Spencer County supervisor, will teach the session.

9/23 | 6 p.m.

Virtuan In-Service/Hybrid TBD

Forensic Interviewing for Juveniles & Adolescents

Presented by: Dr. Mariya Leyderman, Licensed Forensic Psychologist


An overview of how to properly engage with a child who has reported possible sexual abuse.  The purpose is to aid volunteers in navigating conversations to effectively elicit information which may: (1) be helpful for future investigation, (2 ) assess the safety of the child's home,  (3) either corroborate or refute allegations or suspicions of abuse/neglect, and (4) assess the need for medical treatment/psychological care.  This training will provide trauma-informed approaches to discussing issues related to sexual abuse. 

11/10 | 7 - 9 p.m.

Virtual In-Service/Hybrid: Zoom Link TBD

Spy-busting: How Teens Use Phones to Avoid Supervision

TikTok. Instagram. WhatsApp. SnapChat. Young people engage with one another through multiple social-media channels, having deemed Facebook the electronic stomping grounds of their parents and teachers. Most of the time, their use of new platforms is innocent. When it’s not, however, trouble can brew without their guardians having a clue. This two-hour panel, led by Shelby and Spencer County supervisor Joseph Grove, will feature high-school students versed in these tools and the ways the adults who love them can stay ahead of the electronic curve.

  • Every day people from every background (21+ years old)

  • Trained by CASA to recognize & understand the educational, social-emotional, and physical needs of children with trauma.

  • Paired with one case (one child/sibling group) to be a friend, mentor and advocate.

  • Learn more by attending a CASA 101 or contact Director of Volunteer Support, Peg Peterson at 

CASA Advocate
CASA Volunteer (Non-Advocate)
  • Serve on CASA's Board of Directors and/or committees, such as Development (marketing/fundraising) and Outreach (community engagement).

  • Assist on mailings, seasonal events (back-to-school drive, holiday sponsorship), or events.

  • Learn more by contacting Amber Weiand, Community Engagement Manager at

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Early Childhood Trauma 

Rescheduled, TBD | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Here you will learn how early childhood trauma has short and long term effects on brain development and how that can result in social, emotional, cognitive, and physical developmental issues. Basic brain mechanics of overwhelming stress will be explored as well as some simple self regulation techniques. 

Q&A Seminar

Mental Health/Substance Abuse Certification

Summer 2020 | TBD

Jim Miller Hall, 10609 Watterson Trl, 40299

CASA's certificate series will provide volunteers with in-depth knowledge of mental health and substance use and its effects on the children and families they serve.


Life Skills Academy

Rescheduled, TBD 

Kosair Charities Community Center

Life Skills Academy provides resources and training regarding job readiness, money management, and healthy relationships to CASA kids. Kids must be 13-18 years of age. Participants will receive $50 VISA gift card upon completion.

For questions on trainings, life skills and the certificate series,

please contact CASA's Advocacy Director, Shari Christoff,



​"After learning about CASA and their mission, I decided CASA was the right place for for me. It's so fulfilling being able to provide that consistency for the kids. I enjoy seeing the children's lives improve and watching them grow up. Knowing that I played a part in helping to create a better life for them is extremely rewarding."

- Mallory Alonso, CASA Volunteer


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