Friday, May 3, 2019 at 9:00 AM CDT
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT

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

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As of 3/25/19 the Embassy and Holiday Inn Express (across the street) have no vacancy for those looking to book their own rooms. Other area hotels include:

Best Western Plus, Norman   405-801-2100
Courtyard Marriott Norman     405-701-8900
Hilton Garden Inn Norman     405-579-0100

Conference Pricing

                        Early Bird until 3/31       After 3/31
CASA Conf             $99                           $120

Non-CASA Conf     $120                         $150

Conference registration is non-refundable.

PARB Members please register by contacting the state PARB office at 405-606-4924.

Interested in being a vendor? Download a registration form here.

Guest Speaker: Amy Speidel

Conscious Discipline Master Instructor
Willoughby, Ohio

Amy Speidel comes to us as a national presenter with Loving Guidance, Inc. She is also a certified Parent Coach, working with families within a pediatric practice.

Amy brings a humorous and insightful perspective to her presentations by sharing many personal insights about the challenges and delights of children. Having been a foster parent, a birth parent and an adoptive parent, Amy knows the beauty and mess of the journey with children.

Amy first used Conscious Discipline as a teacher, and witnessed a transformation in her students. She now aspires to support all adults who come in contact with children by sharing Conscious DisciplineŽ with them through practical, user friendly seminars and workshops.


Guest Speakers: Donna Porter & D.J. Batiste

Ms. Porter received a Master of Science in Speech/Language Pathology in 1981 and has National Board Certification.

After working as speech pathologist in several setting, Ms. Porter began work with Picayune School District in 1987 and served in several different capacities. For several years, she was the Educational Diagnostician for the Special Education department.

In 1999, Ms. Porter became the Early Childhood Intervention Coordinator along with duties as Coordinator of the Texas Scottish Rite Dyslexia and Literacy Program for the Picayune School District. During this time, she established quality programs for the Picayune School District in both of these arenas.

Ms. Porter has presented information on early childhood development programs and the establishment of an effective dyslexia program for students to many audiences over the past three years. She appeared before the Ms. House of Representatives Education Committee, the Mississippi Senate, and Mississippi Department of Education “Improving Schools Conference” to present relevant information on all the above-mentioned programs.

Ms. Porter moved from the position of Speech Pathologists for Picayune School District to classroom teacher in 2003/2004 school year where she taught Oral Communications at Picayune Memorial High School. She never had a discipline referral to the office for classroom behavior. During her time as classroom teacher and since retirement, she has held over 100 training days on proving a relationship based classroom.


Jennifer Emfinger 
Oklahoma CASA Association 

2019 Voices for Children Conference 

The Oklahoma CASA Association is pleased to invite you to the 2019 conference, Voices for Children, May 3-4, 2019. 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 clicking here.

Friday, May 3, 2019

7:30am – Registration
– Guest Speaker: Amy Speidel
Lunch and Guest Speakers: Donna Porter & D.J. Batiste

1:00pm-2:00pm – Breakout Sessions
2:15pm-3:15pmBreakout Sessions
3:45pm-4:45pm – Breakout Sessions

Saturday, May 4, 2019

7:30am Registration
Volunteer Recognition Breakfast
– Breakout Sessions

11:00am-12:00pmBreakout Sessions

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

Friday Sessions Include:

Being Brain Wise Builds Better Connections, Amy Speidel (Opening)
From Punishment to Empowerment, Donna Porter & D.J. Batiste (Lunch)
Doing Good Not Harm: Working with Diverse Families & Children, Sara Mata
How to Say What You Mean, Amy Speidel
Victims of Crime Compensation, Tina Harman
Oklahoma Successful Adulthood
Impact of Substance Exposure on Young Children,
Amanda Pollock, M.Ed. LPC
Understanding the ACEs Impact on Oklahoma Children and Families, Dallas W. Pettigrew, MSW

Judge Panel

New PARB Member Training

Saturday Sessions Include:

Foster Youth Panel
Indian Child Welfare Act, Judge Charles Tripp
Behavioral Health Screening
What We Can Learn From Animals About How To Raise Children, Dallas W. Pettigrew, MSW
Talk Saves Lives: Suicide Prevention, Shelby Roe
Impact of Substance Exposure on Young Children, Amanda Pollock, M.Ed. LPC