Monthly Archives: July 2019

29 Jul

CASA Small Groups: Drawing from the Well of Community

Volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates in Yellowstone County are a varied lot. Our ranks include active retirees and young professionals. Some work within the home and others part or full time in institutions or businesses. What we do hold in common: We are busy people! Busy people do not need one more meeting a month. If we are going to take the time, it needs to be worth the effort. The Small Groups offered by CASA of Yellowstone County are...

16 Jul

Talking is Hard

The title says it all. I mean seriously, verbal communication is not an easy thing. It is super challenging to find words in your brain and make them come out of your mouth, in a sentence that has a subject, predicate, direct object, maybe some prepositions, and ends with a period. Never mind keeping your adjectives and adverbs straight. And! Let’s not forget the fact that we all have our own weird idiosyncrasies and neurotic mannerisms that get in the...

09 Jul

Foster Care in England

It was in December 2006 when a London pediatrician first noticed bruises on 11-month-old Baby P’s face and chest. The infant was put into the care of a family friend, but only for a month before he was returned to his mom. Six months later, another examination determined that his new bruises were the result of abuse, but this time he remained with his birth family. By August 2007, Baby P was back in the hospital where his broken back...

03 Jul

Book Review: Crucial Conversations

I’ll admit it: I’m a bookworm. Any time I’m hoping to build my skills in any particular area, I’m likely to ask at some point, “Are there any good books about this?” So when I dove into this world of CASA and all the emotions that we encounter throughout the course of our cases, I was excited to receive a recommendation for Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler....