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Working Effectively with Formerly Incarcerated People: Understanding Trauma and Addressing Barriers
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This workshop is a 2-day, in-depth training for social workers, clinicians, case managers, practitioners and anyone else who wants to learn how to work more effectively with people who have been incarcerated. We will explore barriers and challenges, clinical implications, hear directly from impacted people, and provide attendees with an opportunity to learn from, and problem-solve with, local experts.

6/20/2019 to 6/21/2019
When: June 20-21, 2019
9am-5pm both days
Where: Breakers Covenant Church International
8801 Woodward Ave
Detroit, Michigan  48202
United States
Presenter: NASW-Michigan and the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency
Contact: Tara McManus
(857) 231-6180

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This workshop is a 2-day, in-depth training for social workers, clinicians, case managers, practitioners and anyone else who wants to learn how to work more effectively with people who have been incarcerated. We will explore barriers and challenges, clinical implications, hear directly from impacted people, and provide attendees with an opportunity to learn from, and problem-solve with, local experts.


Topics Include: 

  •  Criminal Justice & Reentry 101
  • Formerly Incarcerated Women
  • Mental Health Support Engagement Strategies
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Trauma/Anxiety/Hypervigilance 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand how adverse childhood experiences and trauma increase the likelihood of incarceration.
  • Learn engagement strategies that build trust with formerly incarcerated clients.
  • Gain an understanding of barriers to successful reentry and Michigan-based programs to support reentry. 

Registration: Regular Price: $200 Student Price: $150   Lunch will be provided and 12 CEs will be available for licensed social workers. The training is also eligible for 12 MCBAP-related hours


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NASW-Michigan is an approved provider with the Michigan Continuing Education Collaborative and the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals 



Mary King - Michigan Council on Crime and Delinqeuncy

Mary King joined MCCD as Executive Director on January 1, 2016. She began working with people in prison as an intern at Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility in the early 80’s. In 1988 she created the Women’s Program at Option’s Center for women with a felony conviction, and went on to become the first Coordinator for the Children’s Visitation Program, which brought children from all over Michigan for structured visits with their incarcerated mothers. In 2006, Mary began working as Community Coordinator for the Michigan Prisoner ReEntry Initiative (MPRI) in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties, where for eight years she engaged key stakeholders in a unified effort to provide evidence-based services for returning citizens.


Jason Smith, LMSW - Michigan Council on Crime and Delinqeuncy

Jason is the Director for Youth Justice Policy at the Michigan Council and Delinquency. Prior to his work at MCCD, he was the youth and family hospital liaison at Washtenaw County CSTS, and a Social Worker for the Village of Skokie. 



Dr. Amorie Robinson is a licensed clinical psychologist, educator, and community organizer in Detroit. She conducts psychotherapy with adjudicated youth and their families at the Third Circuit Court Family Division's Clinic for Child Study, she is a co-founder of the Ruth Ellis Center for homeless LGBTQ youth, she is a member of the Association for  Women in Psychology, and she currently serves on the national board of the Association of Black Psychologists. 


Joshua B. Hoe - Criminal Justice Activist

Facilitating Presentation on Working Effectively with People with CSC Convictions

Joshua B. Hoe is a podcaster, public speaker, freelance writer, and criminal justice activist. Josh is the host of the Decarceration Nation podcast and a steering team member of Nation Outside and Friends of Restorative Justice Washtenaw County. Josh is formerly incarcerated and a registered citizen in Michigan.

Aaron Suganuma, LLMSW - A Brighter Way

Facilitating Presentation on Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention

Aaron Suganuma is Director at A Brighter Way, a mentoring program for men and women returning to Washtenaw County from incarceration, and a prison-based Substance Abuse Counselor for Catholic Charities. He received his MSW from Eastern Michigan University in 2015 and has five years of experience in substance abuse counseling.

Debra Wright, LMSW - Home of New Vision

Facilitating Presentation on Working Effectively with Formerly Incarcerated Women

Debra is a person in long-term recovery. She is a licensed Master Social Worker and currently employed as a clinician at Home of New Vision. Debra is a formerly-incarcerated person and as part of her advocacy, Debra has been on Capitol Hill numerous times to advocate for legislation regarding recovery and criminal justice legislation. Debra is also on the steering committee for Nation Outside.


Jeffrie Cape, LMSW - Charron Services, LLC

Jeffrie Cape is a licensed master social worker with over 25 years of experience. She earned her degree at Case Western Reserve. She is a trainer on multiple subjects and has spoken in Michigan and other states. She has worked in clinical and community settings and has experience training staff, creating, developing and implementing programs.


Betsy Hardwick, LMSW - Professional Consulting Services

Betsy received her Master’s from the University of Michigan in 1995.  She started her career working with returning citizens, moved into a variety of other social work positions and then came full circle back into her current position as the Program Administrator for the ReEntry Project for Offenders with Special Needs.  She has a particular passion for facilitating true collaboration across multiple systems and breaking down barriers that inhibit successful reintegration for returning citizens.


Jessie Kimbrough Marshall, MD, MPH -University of Michigan, Washtenaw County Health Department

Jessie Kimbrough Marshall, MD, MPH attended medical school and completed an Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency at Wayne State University. She practiced primary care within the Henry Ford Health System in metro-Detroit. She attended Harvard School of Public Health and received a Master’s in Public Health focused on Health Policy and Management. She completed a minority health policy fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Later, she worked as a primary care provider at a federally qualified health center, the Whittier Street Health Center, in Boston. Afterwards, she relocated to Baltimore, MD to complete a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Presently, she serves as the medical director for Washtenaw County Health Department and she practices hospital medicine at Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan. Her professional and research interests include population health management, health equity, and cross-cultural care/communication training.


Asia Johnson - The Bail Project, #cut50

Asia Johnson is a Bail Disruptor in Detroit, Michigan. A Detroit native, Asia knows firsthand the effects of incarceration.  A fire was kindled inside of her to help end mass incarceration and thus she became involved in Shakespeare in Prison, University of Michigan’s Prisoner Creative Arts Project, the Michigan Prison Doula Initiative, Hamtramck Free School, and now The Bail Project and #cut50.  She is also a writer who is finishing her degree in Public Affairs.

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