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Judges Panel Summer Reading

On Friday, May18th CASA’s CEO, Marina Gonzales facilitated our annual judge’s panel in attendance was Honorable Judge Richard Garcia and Honorable Judge Charles Montemayor. Both judges brought an enormous wealth of information about advocacy and the best way our Volunteers can strengthen their work. We at CASA truly appreciate the collaborative efforts and strong relationships we have with our court system.

Yearly our judges recommend books for our volunteers and this year we have captured the titles and authors to help your summer readings get started. Once again we thank you judges for your time and our amazing Volunteers for making this year’s Judges Panel a tremulous success.

We hope to see you at our next brown bag training!

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D 443 Pages

A pioneering researcher and one of the world’s foremost experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for healing.

Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-Of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life By Allen Frances, M.D. 336 Pages

By a Duke Professor and the former chairperson of DSM 4, the leading critic of the proposed revisions to the "bible of psychology," the DSM, which promises to greatly widen the bounds of mental illness, explores the remarkable resilience and self-healing power of the "normal brain."

The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, by Dr. Bruce Perry 288 Pages

In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, Dr. Perry tells their stories of trauma and transformation through the lens of science, revealing the brain's astonishing capacity for healing. Deftly combining unforgettable case histories with his own compassionate, insightful strategies for rehabilitation, Perry explains what exactly happens to the brain when a child is exposed to extreme stress-and reveals the unexpected measures that can be taken to ease a child's pain and help him grow into a healthy adult.

Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. By: Bruce Perry 384 Pages

An inside look at the power of empathy: Born for Love is an unprecedented exploration of how and why the brain learns to bond with others—and a stirring call to protect our children from new threats to their capacity to love.

Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families Written By: Jayne Schooler (Author), Betsy Keefer Smalley (Author), Timothy Callahan (Author) 272 Pages

Why doesn't our child return our love? What are we failing to understand? What are we failing to do? These questions can fill the minds of adoptive parents caring for wounded, traumatized children. Families often enter into this experience with high expectations for their child and for themselves but are broadsided by shattered assumptions. 

The Mystery of Risk: Drugs, Alcohol, Pregnancy, and the Vulnerable Child Writen by Ira Chasnoff 278 Pages

The ill effects of a baby’s exposure to drugs and alcohol while in the womb are demonstrated in this essential reference with cutting-edge information from the fields of medicine, neuroscience, and child psychology.

Judges Panel Summer Reading