CASA Hosts Ethics and Advocacy Conference

LANCASTER, PA (November 13, 2014) – Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County is hosting an Ethics and Advocacy Conference on Friday, December 5, 2014, 8:30 am at Millersville University Student Memorial Center.

CASA's Ethics and Advocacy Conference is targeted to both professionals and community members active in child welfare. The conference will provide an avenue to better understand and address the ethical dilemmas inherent in the caseworker / client relationship.

The conference keynote speaker is Dr. Karen Rice, LSW ACSW. Dr. Rice is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rice’s presentation is entitled Guided Practice Decision: Avoiding the Ethical Traps. The presentation will provide attendees a framework to use when faced with ethical difficulties.

Joining Dr. Rice as conference presenters are:

  • Ms. Crystal A. Natan, MSW LSW; Executive Director at Lancaster County Children & Youth Agency
  • Ms. Robin Boyer, MSW; Director of Intake Services at Lancaster County Children & Youth Agency
  • Dr. Kathleen Walsh, LCSW; Associate Professor and BSW Program Coordinator at Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Laura Brierton Granruth, MSW; Assistant Professor at Millersville University of Pennsylvania


"CASA is proud to host a conference with such a distinguished and experienced body of presenters.” stated Kayla Frederick, CASA Program Director. "This conference is especially timely in light of the recent changes to child protective services law and the January 2015 implementation of those changes.”

The conference will provide participants the opportunity to receive continuing education credits for attending the presentations. Registered conference attendees must connect with CASA prior to the event to establish eligibility and cost.

CASA provides court appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children with the belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing, and permanent home. CASA is central to fulfilling society's most fundamental obligation by making sure a qualified, compassionate adult will fight for and protect a child's right to be safe, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to learn and grow in the security of a loving family.

Visit www.casalancaster.org for conference information, online registration, presentation abstracts, and speaker bios. Interested parties may also contact CASA at (717) 208-3280 or email casa@casalancaster.org.

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