17th Annual GAL/CASA Conference

17th Annual

2013 Indiana GAL/CASA State Conference

September 14, 2013

 Wyndham Indianapolis West

  "Times of Change"

Welcome to the registration site for the 2013 Indiana GAL/CASA State Conference!

We are excited that you are planning to join us for the 17th Annual Indiana GAL/CASA conference.  All conference registrations must be completed online, and must be paid for with either a credit or debit card.  We will not have on-site registration the day of the conference. We are also having a Friday evening reception this  year which is open to volunteers and staff. Judge John Potter from Jasper County will be addressing the group for a short session followed by appetizers and activities for those in attendance.  There is an additional cost to attend this event, and space is limited.  Be sure to indicate in registration if you plan on attending.  Registration will close on September 9, 2013.


Registration Fees:      
Friday Evening Reception $20.00
Saturday Conference Fees:  
GAL/CASA Staff and Volunteers $50.00
GAL Attorneys - Outside the Volunteer Program Network  $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 a block of rooms at the Wyndham Indianapolis West 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 Friday, August 23, 2013.  You may call the Wyndham Reservations toll free at 877-361-4511.  Reference the 17th Annual GAL/CASA Conference when you call to reserve a room.  Use this link to make reservations online:

Wyndham Indianapolis West  Hotel Reservations

Parking and Driving Instructions

There is plenty of free parking at the Wyndham Indianapolis West!  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.  Registration will be located in the Conference Center, near the back of the hotel.  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 found by clicking here and typing in your starting address.

2013 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.

Breakout Session One-10:45 AM-12 Noon

      TOPIC                                                                   PRESENTER                                                                  

Taking Time to Take Care of You…Self Care for GAL/CASA Volunteers

Judge John Potter

The Scream of the Butterfly…Developing Relationships With Kids in Care

Gary Barnett

Beyond Poverty:  Brain Inspired Ways to Understand and Respond to Poverty

Gloria Sherman

Trauma Informed Care…Advocating for the Child’s Individual Needs

Ruth Sobieralski and Christine Beckman-Johnson

The Meth and Heroin Epidemic in Indiana

Indiana State Police

Breakout  Session Two-1:45-3:00 PM


The Gus Chronicles…Reflections From an Abused Kid

Charlie Appelstein

Working With Difficult Parents

Dennis Bumgarner

Change Your Language, Change Their Lives

Gloria Sherman

When the Pain Becomes Normal…Understanding Sex Abuse Accommodation Syndrome

Emily Perry

Baby Casa... Advocating for Infants

Holly Schlaack


Breakout  Session Three-3:15-4:30 PM


Domestic Violence…What About the Silent Witness?

Detective Sgt. Jennifer         Pyatt-Barrett

Helping Children Manage Anger

Dennis Bumgarner

Stress, The Brain, Addictions and Recovery

Kristina Roehling

Time to wear a Different Hat... Understanding the Juvenile Deliquency Court Process

Amy Karozos

Secrets of Highly Effective CASA Volunteers

Bud Herron, Stan Piercefield, Annie Robinson, and the 2013 Volunteer of the Year


Charles Applestein

Charlie Appelstein, whose motto is "There's no such thing as a bad kid," has worked in child welfare for over 25 years. As president of an educational training organization, Appelstein provides original, strength based training, consultation, and youth care literature to individuals and groups seeking to better understand and respond to troubled children and youth. He works primarily with residential and foster care programs; children's and adolescent psychiatric facilities; public, private, and special education schools; parent groups; and detention centers.

Charlie Appelstein's first two books, The Gus Chronicles: Reflections from an Abused Kid and No Such Thing As a Bad Kid: Understanding and Responding to the Challenging Behavior of Troubled Children and Youth, are used as training resources in hundreds of child welfare programs, schools, and colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. The first chapter of The Gus Chronicles won the Albert Trieschman Literature Award Open Category in 1991. The Gus Chronicles II, was published in the summer of 2002. Appelstein's latest book, Facing the Sunshine, is a true account of a journey to well-being following a childhood lost in the shadows of sexual abuse. 

Passionate, humorous, and informative, Appelstein is a frequent keynote presenter, and he will also be presenting a breakout session entitled, “The Gus Chronicles-Reflections from an Abused Kid” at the conference.

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