NAMI's "Ask the Doctor" teleconference is a monthly series hosted by NAMI's Medical Director, Dr. Ken Duckworth. Typically, he is joined by another mental health professional or advocate who in turn presents on a topic in his or her area of expertise. Each month, two such calls are hosted; one focuses on adult issues, the other on child and adolescent issues.
To access these calls, dial 1 (888) 858-6021 and enter pass code 309918#. These calls are held at 11 am E.T. on scheduled dates unless otherwise noted. The "Ask the Doctor" schedule and previously recorded podcasts can be found by clicking here.
Law enforcement officers will learn the core knowledge, skills and information necessary to effectively monitor, supervise and participate on a drug court team. The course modules will educate you on how to effectively respond to individuals with mental health and trauma and on "why people can’t stop using drugs."
The National Technical Assistance Center will offer a series of 3 webinars which will explore topics related to Peer Specialists. On Jan 26, 2016 (2pm, EST) “Introducing Doors to Wellbeing”; February 23, 2016 (2pm, EST) “Peer Support Works - The Paper Proof” and March 29, 2016 (2pm, EST) “A Decade of Peer Culture, Support, and Leadership in Philadelphia” The webinars are free but require pre-registration (click here).
The Council of State Governments sponsored a webinar in March 2015 which provides an overview of the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) principles. These principals are research-based and, when implemented correctly, they can help reduce reoffending and violations of conditions of probation and parole. RNR principles help policymakers, administrators, and practitioners determine how to allocate resources, deliver services, and provide the right people with the right supports and services in order to have the greatest impact on recidivism and public safety. This webinar provides foundational knowledge on RNR as well as guidance on understanding and implementing risk assessment tools as a way to direct resources and support recidivism-reduction strategies for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers. Presenter: David D’Amora, CSG Justice Cente.
WRAP Facilitators can enhance their knowledge and skills with WRAP and receive updates on implementing WRAP as an evidence-based practice through this online course. It is a best practice for WRAP Facilitators to take a refresher at least once every two years to maintain active status. Those who participate in this training will receive a certificate for completing this 24-hour training and will be given a complimentary 1-year listing in the WRAP Facilitator Registry. See more details here.
The NIC broadcast on this topic is now available for viewing on the NIC website. Click here to link to this broadcast.
NDCI 2016 Drug Court Practitioner Trainings
If you are a new or current Drug Court judge, prosecutor, defense attorney or coordinator, please join NDCI in Reno, Nevada for practitioner-specific trainings in 2016. The deadline for registration and payment is December 15, 2015. There is no better way to ensure that your Drug Court is operating at the highest standard than by joining your colleagues for these comprehensive trainings developed by the National Drug Court Institute and the National Judicial College.
Register for practitioner-specific trainings using the links below:
SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center is hosting a webinar featuring three dynamic women leaders who are advancing efforts to establish the “best of the best” military and civilian partnerships. These partnerships are essential in helping to increase access to supports and best practices for SMVF at the federal, state, and local level. The webinar will be held on March 24, 2016 at 12:30 (EST).
Registration is now open for the 2016 CJAB Conference - Pretrial and Reentry: Balancing Justice and Treatment for Community Safety!
The conference will be held on April 12-13, 2016 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College. This two-day event will once again be a mix of plenary and breakout sessions highlighting promising practices in pretrial and reentry from throughout the Commonwealth. We are also pleased to announce that we will kick-off this years' conference with Dr. Ed Latessa. Dr. Latessa is a national expert on the use of evidence-based practices in the field of criminal justice. His areas of expertise include, among others, offender risk assessment, correctional rehabilitation and program evaluation. Other sessions will cover topics on: Pretrial Services its effectiveness and its impact on the Criminal Justice System; The Incarcerated Parent: Empowering Family Connections through Parent Education; and Treatment: Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol; just to highlight a few. The registration deadline is April 5, 2016.
Competitive applications are being accepted for a National Summit that will bring together teams of county elected officials and criminal justice and behavioral health leaders to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in U.S. jails. The National Summit will take place April 17–19, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Learn more and apply by clicking here.
The 2016 Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) International Conference will bring informative national speakers, a variety of workshops, a time to develop or improve your CIT programs and the opportunity to network and learn from others. It will be held in Chicago, IL.
The NTAC will sponsor a series of upcoming webinars which explore topics in-depth with
Peer Specialist leaders and subject matter experts. The webinars are free but registration is required. Topics include:
Workforce Integration: Why It Matters (April 26, 2pm EST)
Shoulder to Shoulder - Peer Support with Veterans (May 31, 2pm EST)
Peers in the Workforce: Invasion or Innovation (June 28, 2pm EST)
The 2016 Annual Virtual Conference hosted by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is a dynamic platform for sharing information with the field of corrections in a virtual online setting. The purpose of this year’s conference will be to share current and emergent innovations in correctional practice through a keynote address, workshops, interactive LiveChat, networking, discussion forums, and virtual information booths. This year’s theme is “Leading with Innovation,”. The virtual conference will be held November 9, 2016 from 10-2pm (EST).