Friday, May 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM CDT
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2:00 PM CDT

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Embassy Suites Convention Center in Norman
2501 Conference Drive
Norman, OK 73069

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Conference Pricing

                        Early Bird until 3/31       After 3/31
Conf Registration          $90                        $100
(Both Days)

Day 1 Only
                      $60                         $60

Day 2 Only                      $70                         $70

Conference registration is non-refundable.

PARB Members please register by contacting the state PARB office at 405-606-4922.

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Keynote Speaker: Chan Hellman

Chan Hellman is a Professor in the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and Founding Director of the Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics for the OU College of Medicine and Department of Health Promotion Sciences for the OU College of Public Health.

Chan’s current research focuses on the application of hope theory.  In particular, he is interested in how nonprofit organizations impact client hope and how hope is associated with positive goal attainment and well-being among those experiencing adversity and stress (e.g., child maltreatment, homeless, domestic violence, substance abuse).  His publications have appeared in various scientific journals and book chapters.  Additionally, he has presented his research at national and international scholarly conferences. Chan teaches at both the master’s and doctoral level primarily in the areas of positive psychology, research methods, and statistics.

A native of Oklahoma, Chan is married to Kendra, a Domestic Violence Therapist, has two children, and two grandchildren.


Jennifer Emfinger 
Oklahoma CASA Association 

2018 Voices for Children Conference 

The Oklahoma CASA Association is pleased to invite you to the 2018 conference, Voices for Children, May 4-5, 2018. This two-day conference is packed with great speakers and new information which will motivate and inspire while supporting and enhancing the work you do with children and families. Conference registration is open to anyone who wishes to attend (CASA, PARB, OKDHS, Law Enforcement, etc.) but seating is limited, so register early.

Please join us this year in greeting old friends and making new ones as we share ideas and gain insight. At the bottom of this page, you will see the agenda, information about our keynote speakers and workshop titles. Below is a link for registration – an email address will be needed for registration. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the CASA office at 1-800-742-2272. Thank you!

PARB Members can register by contacting Sara Vincent at sara.vincent@occy.ok.gov, 405-606-4922 or Cherra Taylor at cherra.taylor@occy.ok.gov, 405-606-4924.

Friday, May 4, 2018

8:30am – Registration
– Keynote Speaker
Workshop Breakouts

12:45pm-1:30pm – Deli Lunch Buffet
1:45pm-3:15pmWorkshop Breakouts
3:30pm-5:00pm – Workshop Breakouts

Saturday, May 5, 2018

8:00am-9:00am - Registration and Continental Breakfast
– Workshop Breakouts

10:45am-12:15pm – Workshop Breakouts
12:15pm-1:45pm – Luncheon

See below for the sessions to be presented at this year's conference.

Friday Sessions Include:

The Power of Hope, Chan Hellman (Keynote)
Mental Health Issues and Abused/Neglected Children, Lana Beasley
Sexual Abuse and Creating Sexual Safety, Dr. Wayne Duehn
Trauma Led Advocacy, Serena Hanson, MSW
Victims of Crime Compensation, Tina Harman
Judge Panel

New PARB Member Training

Saturday Sessions Include:

Foster Youth Panel
Drug Endangered Children, Dub Turner, OBN
The Power of Hope, Chan Hellman
Sexual Abuse and Creating Sexual Safety, Dr. Wayne Duehn
Interviewing Techniques for Advocates, Maria Rosales-Lambert
New PARB Member Training