May 2015 CASACD Newsletter


Trainings Available

Adolescents and Substance Use
Studies show that exposure to alcohol and drugs during adolescence may interrupt the natural course of brain maturation and key processes of brain development. There’s evidence that suggests brain development may be more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol during adolescence, as well. The impact of drugs and alcohol on the developing brain can have harmful effects on academic, occupational and social functioning that can extend into adulthood. In need of more support? Talk to your principal or school counselor for assistance. Here is a highly recommended website resource for parents in need of information and guidance on speaking to children about the use of alcohol, marijuana and tobacco.

Nadine Burke Harris: How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime
16-minute video.  Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.

May Lunchtime Learning: Marital Therapy
The Summit County Lunchtime Learning is returning. Our first event for the year will be on Wednesday, May 27th at 12:00pm in the Ten Mile Room of the Medical Office Building on the hospital campus in Frisco. This learning series is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about subjects specific to behavioral health and is presented by mental health professionals in your community.
Upcoming trainings will be:
June 24th: Child and Adolescent Therapy
July 22nd: Compassion Fatigue

Marijuana, Children, and Families

Children’s Caucus focused on Marijuana, Children, and Families.  Materials can be found here, and if you would like to be invited to future Caucuses, you can sign up here.

Mandated Reporter Training Webinar  
This is a webinar put on by Colorado Child Welfare Department.  Plan on it taking about 2 hours.  You need to follow the link and choose the first training listed under “Mandatory Reporting for Colorado Professionals”.

Activity for Your Kids 
You can watch together or suggest your assigned child watch Tracy Beaker, a 20 minute children’s show about a 10-year-old foster girl who comes off as having “behavioral problems” by adults, but she tells stories of her mother being a Hollywood star who is busy making films, which is why she can not visit her daughter.  This is a British show that can be found on you tube.
The Tracy Beaker Show

CASA Library of Books
We have quite a few books covering all sorts of topics that will help volunteers understand the dynamics of their assigned children and families.  Stop by and take a look!

9th Annual CASACD Golf Tournament

CASA of the Continental Divide is excited to announce that our 9th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday June 25, 2015. Continuing with our tradition of stunning venues, this year’s tournament will be held at The Club at Cordillera – Summit Course in the heart of Vail Valley.
If you would like to volunteer with this event, let us know!  It’s a fun event to put on.

Group Supervision


May 11th from 10-12 at Avon Library
May 12 from 10-12 in CASA room 101
May 26th  from 5-7 at Avon Library

May 6 from 9-11am at Leadville Courthouse
May 7th from  9:00-11:00 in CASA 101

Other meetings individually arranged.