Webinars

We host new webinars regularly. (“Webinars” are presentations given live online, via the web and teleconference. They can be recorded for access at any time.) Topics include juvenile justice reform, juvenile drug courts, adolescent substance abuse treatment, positive youth development, and many more.

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Webinar Library

National experts present on adolescent brain development, youth mentoring, trauma-focused treatment, strength-based approaches with youth — and more.

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Our archived webinars are organized by topic. Feel free to browse the full list or review the archives within a specific area of interest:

 

Adolescent Recovery Supports

Implementing Adolescent Recovery Supports & Developing Resources in our Communities

Michelle Muffett-Lipinski

Presented by: Michelle Muffett-Lipinski, MEd., Principal of the Northshore Recovery High School

Thursday, September 27, 2012

During this Reclaiming Futures webinar, the Principal of the Northshore Recovery High School/ Co-Founder of the icanhelp project, Michelle Muffett-Lipinski, outlines successes and challenges for developing recovery programming within schools and communities. Michelle also describes common responses to mental health and substance abuse issues in schools and approaches to identifying and engaging young people who need support.

About the presenter: Michelle Muffett-Lipinski, M.Ed. is Principal of the Northshore Recovery High School in Beverly, Mass., a specialized high school designed to meet the diverse academic and emotional needs of adolescents struggling with substance use and its co-occurring disorders. Throughout her career Michelle has focused on developing rigorous academic programs that address the “whole child”, particularly students most at-risk socially and academically.

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Widening The Door Of Entry to Recovery for Young People

Anne Thompson and Greg Williams, Connecticut Turning to Youth and Families

April 22, 2011

What can the engagement of youth with lived long-term recovery experience do to support the delivery of pre and post-treatment recovery support systems? How do communities utilize this incredible and inexpensive existing resource? What do communities need to cultivate and support the delivery of these effective peer-based services? SAMHSA’s recent Young People’s Networking Dialogue on Recovery (YPNDR), discussed these questions through consensus from youth in long-term recovery on key factors that have influenced their successful recovery. The presentation will summarize the key findings from that dialogue.

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Achieving Success in Both Education and Recovery

Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the Department of Education

March 17, 2011

Mr. Jennings will reprise his plenary presentation from the 2010 Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness on the efforts by the Education Department and federal government to reach out to youth currently in recovery. As part of this work Mr. Jennings will discuss how the Department of Education is hoping to increase the number of recovery schools, including programs designed for students and families committed to achieving success in both education and recovery. To learn more about Mr. Jennings you can read his bio.

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Bill WhiteAdolescent Recovery Networks

William White

May 19, 2010

Join William White of Chestnut Health Systems Lighthouse Institute as he presents on recovery movements and recovery network models. Mr. White will discuss ways adolescent substance abuse treatment systems can develop strong recovery systems. The presentation will run 90-minutes and provide up to an hour for question and answer.

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Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment

Health Reform: Opportunities for Juvenile Justice Involved Youth with Substance Use Disorders and their Families

Presented by Doreen Cavanaugh, Ph.D.

September 29, 2011

This webinar will address the existing and upcoming changes in the US health care system resulting from the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health reform law. Doreen will identify existing funding sources supporting treatment and recovery services for juvenile justice involved youth with substance use disorders and highlight how new opportunities under health reform might affect these youth and their families. Doreen will discuss ways to enhance collaborative relationships across the health and juvenile justice sectors and detail the steps to take now at State and local levels to improve access and quality of treatment and recovery services for youth in the juvenile justice system.

About the presenter:

Doreen Cavanaugh, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor at the Health Policy Institute, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University. She is a Senior Advisor to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on issues including the financing/organization of treatment/recovery services for youth with substance use and/or co-occurring mental health disorders. Currently Dr. Cavanaugh is working with SAMHSA on the development of a number of policy related initiatives related to the implementation of health reform. She consults on the organization and financing of child and adolescent treatment services for States, foundations and national organizations. Dr. Cavanaugh teaches Mental Health Policy at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. Dr. Cavanaugh received her Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.

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Howard LiddleAll Roads Lead To…Family Involvement: Why and How to Work with Families of Justice Involved Adolescents

Howard A. Liddle, EdD, ABPP, Professor & Director, Ctr. for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse, University of Miami

May 24, 2011

Suggestions about the need to work with families of juvenile justice involved teens are not new. But a new generation of basic and intervention research has accumulated underscoring not only the importance but also the means of making this intelligent sounding notion happen.

Topics covered during this 90-minute webinar include:

  1. Evidence indicating the field’s conclusion about the importance of substantive family involvement in treatment.
  2. Common barriers to involving and working with families of justice involved youths.
  3. Concrete strategies to increase one’s success rate or engaging and retaining families in one’s treatment program.
  4. Risks, benefits and rewards of working with families of justice involved adolescents.

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Treating Trauma in Kids

Charles Wilson

May 27, 2010

Charles Wilson Executive Director of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego presented on his work developing a trauma informed systems approach to treating kids with in the child welfare system.

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Using Virtual Worlds for Treatment

Dick Dillon, Senior Vice President of Planning and Development at Preferred Family Healthcare

December 17, 2009

This one-hour presentation provides participants with an overview of the work that Preferred Family Healthcare is doing in Second Life, including a pilot project that provides treatment services to rural youth after they leave residential treatment. The presentation will share research supporting the use of virtual worlds, offer suggestions for how providers can get started, and address confidentiality concerns and related issues.

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Treatment Options for Adolescents with Opioid Dependence

Dr. Geetha Subramaniam, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Associate Medical Director at Mountain Manor Treatment Center (MMTC)

May 28, 2009

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GAIN and Assessment Information: Lessons from RWJF’s Reclaiming Futures Projects

Dr. Michael Dennis, Senior Research Psychologist and Director of the GAIN Coordinating Center at Chestnut Health Systems

March 23, 2009

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“Prevalence and comorbidity of major internalizing and externalizing problems among adolescents
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“Individual Characteristics and Needs Associated with Substance Misuse of Adolescents
and Young Adults in Addiction Treatment” [PDF] »

FULL GAIN-I Recommendation and Referral Summary (G-RRS), 90-120 min interview [PDF] »

CORE GAIN-I Recommendation and Referral Summary (G-RRS), 80-100 min interview [PDF] »

GAIN-I Recommendation and Referral Summary (G-RRS), 50-70 min interview [PDF] »

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Dr. Anthony Mannarino

December 17, 2008

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Adolescent-Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) and Assertive Continuing Care (ACC)

Dr. Susan Godley

December 9, 2008

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The Seven Challenges

Dr. Robert Schwebel

October 30, 2008

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Evidence-Based Practices in Adolescent Substance Abuse

Randy Muck

October 23, 2008
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Adolescent Brain Development and Juvenile Justice

Dr. Lawrence Steinberg

May 22, 2008
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Alcohol and Drug Prevention Campaigns

Deliver the scientific facts about drug abuse to teens during National Drug Facts Week January 27-February 2, 2014

Presented by Sheri Grabus, Ph.D., Acting Press Officer, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), with

LaTonya Harris, Project Director, Reclaiming Futures Lucas County, Ohio

October 29, 2013

2014 marks the 4th annual National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), a health observance created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to deliver the scientific facts to youth about the effects of drug abuse on the brain, body and behavior. More than 500 educational events and activities will be held by high schools, community centers, juvenile justice systems, treatment centers, prevention programs and other organizations across the country to shatter the myths about drugs and addiction:

  • “Marijuana isn’t addictive”
  • “Prescription drugs aren’t dangerous because we get them from doctors”
  • “Using drugs that aren’t prescribed to you is legal and you can’t get in trouble from it”
  • “Treatment doesn’t work”

Learn how easy it is to organize your own National Drug Facts Week educational event in your community and utilize NIDA’s free materials, such as the Shatter the Myths booklet and the National Drug IQ Challenge.

About the presenters:

Dr. Sheri Grabus joined the Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC) in November 2010 as the NIDA Deputy Press Officer and began managing the press team in early 2013, bringing a strong science background to NIDA’s media outreach efforts. Sheri was trained as a neuroscientist and has a Ph.D. from American University in Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience. She has also taught at the college level—including courses in psychology, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and she has lectured on drug dependence, pharmacology and drugs and pain control.

Latonya Harris is the project director for Reclaiming Futures at the Lucas County Juvenile Treatment Court. LaTonya began her career at the Lucas County Youth Treatment Center as a Resident Specialist. In 2005 she became a Juvenile Probation Officer monitoring offenders within the community, working collaboratively with agencies, and facilitating treatment groups. In 2010 she became the Coordinator for the Lucas County Juvenile Treatment Court and in 2012 took on the additional role of project director for Reclaiming Futures and became a licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA). She is a Leaders Emerging and Developing (L.E.A.D.) program graduate and active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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An Introduction to the Recovery Month Toolkit

Ivette Torres

Presented by: Ivette A. Torres, MEd., M.S., Associate Director for Consumer Affairs

Thursday, August 16, 2012

For the 23rd year, September is designated Recovery Month by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This year, Recovery Month continues to promote the critical message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover. Our theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: It’s Worth It,” emphasizes that while the road to recovery may be difficult, the benefits of preventing and overcoming mental and/or substance use disorders are significant and valuable to individuals, families, and communities.

SAMHSA created the toolkit to educate people that those in recovery achieve healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally, and contribute in positive ways to their communities. The toolkit assists in planning Recovery Month events and provides tools and educational materials to distribute in communities and during local events. On July 19th Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs at SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) will introduce us to the tools and resources available within the toolkit and answer your questions about how to make the best use of the toolkit and Recovery Month. You can find more information about recovery month and download the toolkit at
recoverymonth.gov
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About the presenter: Ivette Torres is the Associate Director for Consumer Affairs at CSAT. Ms. Torres oversees the CSAT team responsible for generating and disseminating substance abuse treatment information to SAMHSA’s mission-related constituents. She develops national communication strategies and campaigns including the observance of the National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month, celebrated each September.

 

Above the Influence

Presented by Mark Krawczyk, Office of National Drug Control Policy, with

Sandy Olson and Kay Crockett of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Services Houston

December 14, 2011

During the Reclaiming Futures Webinar on Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET, the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign’s Mark Krawczyk will talk through the refreshed “Above the Influence” campaign toolkit, provide you instruction on how to implement the two new youth activities featured in the toolkit — “Be It” and “Bring It” – and answer any questions you may have during this discussion. Coalition Behavioral Health Services Houston, will also present on their experience with ATI.

About the presenters:

Mark Krawczyk is the Acting Director of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a key Federal drug prevention program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy that partners with communities to provide new, locally tailored drug prevention resources for teens and parents.

The Coalition of Behavioral Health Services is a 501(c)(3) corporation that unites organizations and individuals in Houston and Harris County, Texas, who have an interest in working to confront local substance abuse issues through the use of community-based strategies for prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery. Approximately 50 organizations and individuals are currently active in the Coalition.

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Anti-Oppressive Practices

Taking Cultural Competence to the Next Level: Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP) Basics

Dr. Laura Nissen and Dr. Ann Curry-Stevens

November 3, 2009

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Anti-Oppressive Practices (AOP)

Dr. Laura Nissen and Dr. Ann Curry-Stevens

September 10, 2009

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Building Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities [Archive not available.]

Philip DeVol

May 21, 2009

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Assessment

Annie Salsich, Evan Elkin and Jennifer FratelloMeasure for measure: striking a balance in the assessment of risk and need in the juvenile justice system

Evan Elkin, Annie Salsich and Jennifer Fratello of the Vera Institute for Justice

March 22, 2011 at 10am PT / 1pm ET

Decision makers at all levels of the juvenile justice system – policy makers, judges, probation officers, and community treatment providers – must constantly distinguish between the risk a young person poses to the community and his or her need for treatment services. Since each youth’s risk and needs change as he or she progresses from arrest to reentry, it can be a daunting challenge to gather the right information at each decision point.

Furthermore, how does the availability of community treatment programs and alternatives to incarceration or detention affect the way we view the risk and need profile of a young person?

This webinar will address these and other important issues by bringing together a panel of experts from three key perspectives –policy maker, researcher and the practitioner who provides services in collaboration with juvenile justice stakeholders.
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Family Involvement

The Journey to Family-Driven Care

Shannon CrossBear and Marie Niarhos of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

November 17, 2009

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Family Involvement in Adolescent Treatment

Steve Hornberger and Sharon Smith

June 17, 2008

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Gang-Involved Youth

Reclaiming Gang Involved Youth

Presented by Marcus Stubblefield and Zerrick Keyes

July 19, 2011

This webinar was designed to provide participants with a better understanding of true gang culture and the risk factors facing youth with gang affiliations. Our presenters provide an overview of the substance abuse, mental health and societal issues faced by many gang-involved youth as well as effective techniques and strategies for working with gang affiliated youth.

About our presenters:

Marcus Stubblefield — Systems Integration Coordinator for King County, Washington

Marcus Stubblefield is the Systems Integration Coordinator for King County’s Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget. This multi-agency consortium of state and local partners works to create a more coordinated and effective response for youth and families involved in the juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, and educational systems. Mr. Stubblefield has over 15 years’ experience in working with gang involved, affiliated and affected youth. He has worked as a case manager to this population, working on the ground with them to provide alternatives to a lifestyle that has captured many of our youth.

Zerrick Keyes — Community Fellow for Reclaiming Futures Cook County, IL

Zerrick Keyes has served as a Juvenile Justice Counselor for Cook County and managed Project Reclaim and the Juvenile Gang Intervention Program, a prevention/diversion program for at-risk youth and adolescents throughout Chicago. In addition, Mr. Keyes has served as a Case Manager where he managed clients long-term recovery and stabilization, administered drug testing and prescribed necessary treatment using ASAM and DSM criteria.

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Juvenile Justice Reform

Juvenile Drug Court Eligibility Criteria, Referral & Target Population
March 25, 2014

This webinar, presented in partnership with the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). Jessica Pearce will serve as the facilitator and we’ll be joined by Michael Garrett and Tricia Lucido from Reclaiming Futures Montgomery County, Ohio’s Juvenile Drug Court where they recently received a grant to expand their juvenile drug court and are now able to serve up to 125 youth. They will discuss their history and provide information on how they were able to expand to serve so many clients. Listen to the archive »

Susan BroderickWorking with Prosecutors

Presented by Susan Broderick, J.D.

September 22, 2011

This webinar will explore the critical role that prosecutors play with regard to substance abuse issues in juvenile court and dispel the notion that prosecutors are only concerned with “locking kids up”. Susan will discuss the significant role DA’s serve in all aspects of these cases — from prevention through intervention and continuing care efforts. She will highlight their role in diverting kids from the juvenile justice system and their efforts to find alternatives that address underlying issues in order to prevent them from returning to court. The webinar will also offer specific strategies that will encourage engagement and collaboration to create a true multi-disciplinary response to this national substance abuse problem among our youth.

About the presenter:

Susan Broderick is the Project Director of the Models for Change Initiative at Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. As a former Deputy Bureau Chief in the Manhattan District Attorneys Office, Susan works closely with prosecutors and multi-disciplinary team members from across the country to educate and coordinate their efforts on all aspects juvenile justice reform, including the issue of substance abuse.

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The School to Prison Pipeline

Presented by the Honorable Steven Teske

September 14, 2011

In this webinar, Judge Steven Teske shares the strategies used in Clayton, Georgia to work with the local school district to reduce referrals to juvenile courts while simultaneously developing school-based strategies to address disruptive behavior. This collaborative arrangement has reduced serious juvenile crime both at school and in the community while increasing graduation rates. Judge Teske will also share the importance of making this a community effort by reaching out both to the local media and civic groups to educate them on the effects of school referrals to juvenile courts and the importance of developing strategies in the best interest of our youth.

About the presenter: The Honorable Steven Teske is the Presiding Judge of Clayton County, Georgia’s Family Court and the author of numerous articles and paper’s about juvenile justice, including, “When Did Making Adults Mad Become A Crime? The Court’s Role in Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline” co-authored with Judge J. Brian Huff in the Winter 2011 edition of Juvenile and Family Justice Today.

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Read “When Did Making Adults Mad Become a Crime? The Court’s Role in Dismantling the School-to-Prison
Pipeline”
by Judge Steven C. Teske and Judge J. Brian Huff »

Read “The Paradox of Education in America: Integrating Systems for Children with Disabilities”
by Judge Steven C. Teske and Judge Brian Huff »

“A Study of Zero Tolerance Policies in Schools: A Multi-Integrated Systems Approach to Improve Outcomes
for Adolescents”
by Judge Steven C. Teske »

 

Annie BalckFinding Opportunities for Reform During Difficult Fiscal Times

Annie Balck, Deputy Director for Policy and Programs, National Juvenile Justice Network; Jim Moeser, Deputy Director, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families; and Beth Colgan, Managing Attorney, Institutions Project, Columbia Legal Services.

September 23rd, 2010

The National Juvenile Justice Network presents a webinar on how advocates can find opportunities for reform of the juvenile justice system during difficult fiscal times. The financial collapse of 2008 and 2009 means that almost all states are facing alarming budget shortfalls. Yet, far from being a time to hold back, now is the time to search for new opportunities to advocate for cost-effective juvenile justice reform. The webinar will provide examples from states that have succeeded in achieving progressive, fiscally-minded reforms, with specific insights from NJJN members and partners in Wisconsin, Ohio and Washington State.

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Download the related publication The Real Costs and Benefits of Change: Finding Opportunities for Reform During Difficult Fiscal Times [PDF] »

Research Highlights [PDF] »

Substantive and Tactical Strategies worksheet [PDF] »

Washington State Institute for Public Policy report Evidence-Based Public Policy Options to Reduce Future Prison Construction, Criminal Justice Costs and Crime Rates [PDF] ».

You can find the chart “Reducing Crime With Evidence-Based Options: What Works, and Benefits & Costs” on page nine.

 

James BellDisproportionate Minority Confinement/Contact (DMC)

James Bell

July 8, 2010

James Bell, Founder and Executive Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI) has been working in over 40 jurisdictions throughout the country to reduce the disproportionality of youth of color in the juvenile justice system. In this presentation Mr. Bell will discuss the history of this work and the approach the Burns Institute takes when working with communities to address DMC issues.

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Protecting Youth from Self-Incrimination when Undergoing Screening, Assessment and Treatment within the Juvenile Justice System

Lourdes Rosado, Associate Director of the Juvenile Law Center

April 23, 2009

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Aftercare the Reclaiming Futures Juvenile Justice Fellowship

Presented by Dr. David Alschuler, Jeffrey Bidmon, Eric Shafer and Linda Moffitt

January 22, 2009

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“Rehabilitating and Reintegrating Youth Offenders: Are Residential and Community Aftercare Colliding Worlds
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which was published in the Spring 2008 issue of the Justice Policy Journal, put out by the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.

 

Adolescent Brain Development and Juvenile Justice

Dr. Lawrence Steinberg

May 22, 2008

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Gender Nonconforming Youth

Improving Behavioral Health Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Gender Nonconforming (LGB/GNC) Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
Presented by: Angela Irvine, PhD, and Aisha Canfield, MPP from Impact Justice
Friday, August 28, 2015

This workshop provided an overview of the many different intersecting identities held by young people in the youth justice system, including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and immigration status. The presenters then focused on how LGN/GNC young people, particularly those of color, are driven into the youth justice system. The workshop ended with recommendations on how behavioral health professionals can improve their services to best meet the needs of LGB/GNC adolescents in the youth justice system.

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“We’ve Had Three of Them”: Addressing the Invisibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Gender Nonconforming Youths
in the Juvenile Justice System, written by Angela Irvine [PDF] »

About the presenters:
Dr. Angela Irvine, PhD, has more than 20 years of experience in education and social policy. She spent the last four years as research director at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), serving as the principal investigator of a national study of youth deincarceration; a national study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) young people in the youth justice system; a project to improve permanency for LGBT youth and youth of color within the criminal justice and youth justice systems; a survey of every detention hall, ranch, and camp in California to understand statewide pathways into the youth justice system for LGBT young people. She currently is Vice President at Impact Justice, a research and policy group committed to criminal justice reform. Aisha Canfield, MPP, has worked in systems reform since college. She believes that change cannot be effective without an intersectional lens that employs race and Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) and enjoys the challenge of facilitating systems and organizations to have honest dialogue about disproportionality and move towards cultural affirmation. She works as a Policy Analyst at Impact Justice.

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Positive Youth Development

Reforming Juvenile Justice with an Adolescent Development Approach Webinar – March 2016
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Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach Putting Principles into Practice
Presented by: Cherie Townsend, served on the Committee on Assessing Juvenile Justice Reform
Monday, March 28, 2016

Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach (the report) was first published in 2012. This webinar reviewed the emerging science on adolescence, the recommendations of the report, and how practitioners are implementing the recommendations. The report’s recommendation that practitioners take steps to aid the shift toward an evidence-based, developmentally informed approach to juvenile justice is embedded within the Reclaiming Futures model. The presenter led a discussion on the advances that are being made in juvenile justice reform. Finally, practical tools and ideas were explored for implementing a developmentally informed approach to serving justice-involved youth within our communities.

About the presenter:
Cherie Townsend was appointed Executive Commissioner of the Texas Youth Commission by Governor Perry in October 2008 and hired as Executive Director by the Texas Youth Commission Governing Board on September 1st, 2009. Prior to her appointment, she served as Director of Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS) of Clark County, Nevada and as the Director of Juvenile Court Services with the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County for over 12 years. She has more than 30 years experience as a juvenile justice practitioner.

How she views juvenile justice systems has been influenced by her work with victims of violent crime as Director of the Victim/Witness Assistance Division for Travis County in the District Attorney’s office in Austin, Texas and by her work leading a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) replication site. Ms. Townsend is an active member of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, National Association of Probation Executives, American Probation and Parole Association, and American Corrections Association. She serves on the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board in Texas.

In 2001, the National Association of Probation Executives and Sam Houston State University awarded the Executive of the Year Award to Ms. Townsend. In 2003, she was recognized by the National Juvenile Court Services Association and received the Juvenile Court Administrator Award. Ms. Townsend holds an M.B.A. from the University of Texas, an M.P.A. from Southern Methodist University, and a B.A. from Rockford College.

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Documents produced by the National Research Council of the National Academies. Free downloads available on National Academies Press website:
Reforming Juvenile Justice, A Developmental Approach
Implementing Juvenile Justice Reform, The Federal Role

YouTube videos:
Science Unscrambled – Reforming Juvenile Justice (Bonnie)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j93ExAWuSHM&index=27&list=PLuQHjVdm6pcfEeDWOBKINIqDvt-w663DZ

Other one by Arlene Lee
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtHR42Uz7Yg&index=17&list=PLuQHjVdm6pcfEeDWOBKINIqDvt-w663DZ

 

Stop the Trauma. Start the Healing: La Cultura Cura, a Process of Transformational Health and Healing

Jerry Tello and Juan GomezPresented by: Jerry Tello and Juan Gomez of the National Compadres Network

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The National Compares Network (NCN) will present an overview and dialogue focused on the core tenets and origins of a Brown Paper: Lifting Latinos Up By Their Rootstraps: Moving Beyond Trauma Through A Healing-Informed Framework for Latino Boys and Men. The dialogue includes an ethnographic analysis of the efficacy of La Cultura Cura or Transformational Healing. The webinar also explores how NCN’s healing-informed framework and cultural teachings led to the design and implementation of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Evidenced-Based Practice: Joven Noble developed by Jerry Tello.

About the presenters:

Jerry Tello, is co-founder of the NCN and the present director of the National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute (NLFFI). He is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of men and boys of color, fatherhood, family strengthening, community peace and mobilization, and culturally based violence prevention/intervention issues. For 30 years Mr. Tello has dedicated his efforts to “La Cultura Cura”, allowing people to overcome internalized oppression and improve life outcomes.

Juan Gomez, is a senior consultant with the NCN and specializes in strategic planning and resource development. Previously he served as a fellow for The California Endowment (TCE) with a focus on statewide policy, grant, and change-making strategies for TCE’s Healthy Happens Here (HHH) campaign. Mr. Gomez was raised in Watsonville, California where he grew up with his grandma Amelia and grandpa Ampelio.

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Anna Lookingbill and Angela ZahasYOUth have stories! The Role of Digital Storytelling in Making Change

Anna Lookingbill, Angela Zahas and Brad Finegood

May 3, 2011

What is “digital storytelling”?

How can we use it to transform lives of at-risk youth?

Digital storytelling is more than putting a bunch of teens in a room and turning them loose on computers. It is a facilitated process that offers powerful engagement and empowerment. Comparatively cheap, digital storytelling is a process designed to help individuals answer the question “What story do YOU need to tell?”

Anna Lookingbill and Angela ZahasIn an hour-long webinar targeted to social service providers, a team from Clark County, Washington shares their success in using digital storytelling with youth from Juvenile Recovery Court and STASHA Peer Education. The team will cover:

  • Preparation for Digital Storytelling — what it is, where to train, and an overview of technical and therapeutic elements
  • Production of Digital Storytelling — Clark County’s implementation with 2 different groups of youth
  • Completion of Digital Storytelling — How digital stories impact youth artists and the community

Clark County will share youth stories in the webinar. Youth artists from the following programs may join to discuss their experiences.

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Connie FlanaganYouth Civic Engagement

Dr. Constance Flanagan

June 8, 2010

Dr. Flanagan is a professor of youth civic development at Penn State University. Her program of work, “Adolescents and the social contract,” concerns the factors in families, schools, and communities that promote civic values and competencies in young people. During this webinar she will provide an overview of the critical building blocks for successful civic engagement by youth.

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Changing Lives Through Literature

Dr. Robert Waxler and members of the Reclaiming Futures Bristol County leadership team

September 17, 2009

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Mentoring for Youth Involved in Problem Behaviors

Dr. Thomas Keller

September 18, 2008

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Youth Voice

Dr. Laurie Powers and Youth Leaders

August 18, 2008

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Reclaiming Futures

Mark FulopInvesting in Reclaiming Futures

Mark Fulop

January 20th, 2011

Investing in Reclaiming Futures is designed specifically for public agencies, policymakers and foundations wanting to learn more about the Reclaiming Futures model and how the model has been adopted as a cost-effective juvenile justice reform initiative. The webinar will: 1) overview the compelling need, 2) describe Reclaiming Futures, 3) describe a state framework for Reclaiming Futures, and 4) discuss the role of public policy makers and foundations in adopting Reclaiming Futures as a state framework.

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From Initiative to Movement

Dr. Laura Nissen

October 13, 2009

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Reclaiming Futures Advanced Planning Session for States Actively Integrating Reclaiming Futures Into JJDPA State Plans

Mark Ferrante, Laura Nissen, Tom Begich, and Judge John Varin

February 26, 2009

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Reclaiming Futures Specific and Non-specific Language for the Three-year Plan (Sample Recommendations) [DOC] »

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CJJ Announces Webinars with “Reclaiming Futures” on JJDPA State Three-Year Plans

Mark Ferrante, Laura Nissen, Robin Jenkins and Tom Begich

February 23, 2009

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Reclaiming Futures Overview

October 9, 2008

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Restorative Justice

“So, What is Restorative Justice?”

Presenter: Jon Kidde, Project Director for the Reclaiming Futures initiative in Chittenden County, Vermont

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Young people have the capacity to grow and change. Restorative justice and Reclaiming Futures stress the importance of engagement and relationship with others in facilitating growth, accountability, and healing.

This interactive workshop will highlight restorative justice principles and explore restorative justice as a primary prevention, intervention, and re-entry strategy. It aims to encourage assessment of program alignment with restorative principles and more in-depth exploration of restorative justice through the tools and resources provided.

This webinar will be interactive. Included below are Achievement-based Objectives. They describe what participants will actually do in the 90 minutes. By the end of the workshop, participants will have:

  • Compared Restorative Justice to the standard Criminal Justice approach
  • Recalled where Restorative Justice principles have emerged in their own lives
  • Considered how examples from multi tiered Approach can inform RJ practice in their context
  • Shared resources to explore RJ further (article, websites, books)
  • Named individual next steps to apply something from the workshop

About the presenter: Jon has been exploring the concepts of restorative justice (RJ) for over 18 years. Currently, he is an independent consultant focused on restorative justice and juvenile justice reform. Jon was the Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) during the initial implementation of RJ within Oakland Unified School District. Jon co-authored Restorative Justice: A Working Guide for Our Schools with Rita Alfred in 2011.

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Strength-Based Approach

The Youth Competency Assessment

Dr. Juliette Mackin of NPC Research and Michael Buttice, Juvenile Services, Washington County, Oregon

October 27, 2009

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Using Strength Based Approaches in Juvenile Justice

Dr. Laura Burney Nissen, National Program Director for Reclaiming Futures, and Associate Professor at Portland State University School of Social Work

July 9, 2009

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Sustainability

Kris SmockReturn on Investment

with Kris Smock

July 28, 2010

Demonstrating the return on investment for your services is a powerful tool to use with funders and legislators. But developing a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis can be extremely challenging, if not impossible, for most non-profits. In this webinar, consultant Kris Smock will offer pragmatic strategies for making a compelling case about the cost-benefit of your Reclaiming Futures program.

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Using Communications to Broaden Community Support

Using Social Media

Mac Prichard of Prichard Communications & Benjamin Chambers, editor of Reclaiming Futures Every Day

October 1, 2009

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Using Social Media for Juvenile Justice

Mac Prichard of Prichard Communications & Benjamin Chambers, editor of Reclaiming Futures Every Day

June 2, 2009

Has your organization explored all the ways in which these high-tech tools can help it communicate, connect you and your colleagues with each other and the field, and reach your intended audiences? Presenter Mac Prichard, a consultant with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provided an overview of the wide array of social media tools available and explained how and why they work. Presenter Benjamin Chambers, editor of Reclaiming Futures Every Day, shared best practices and step-by-step instructions on how to launch your own blog or other social media tools, and how to build participation and measure results.

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Using Data

Using the Reclaiming Futures Model As A Guide to Collecting and Analyzing Data

Dr. Jeffrey Butts

April 20, 2010

Jeff Butts as he presents on using the Reclaiming Futures model as a guide to collecting and analyzing data. Jeff explains how the steps of the model can be used to collect individual-level data, and the performance and outcome measures can be used as system processing counts.

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Kids COUNT Data Center

Laura Beavers, senior associate and coordinator and Florencia Gutierrez a research associate for the national KIDS COUNT at the Annie E. Casey Foundation

March 31, 2010

A presentation that provides an overview of the Kids COUNT data available through the data center and ways to use the data to further advocacy efforts.

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