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Drug Court U: Webinars

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The Role of Probation: Coach Versus Referee

Dr. Brian Lovins, principal, Justice System Partners and president-elect, American Probation and Parole Association

As probation departments begin to re-evaluate their work, there is a significant shift in the role they can play on treatment court teams. Probation agencies have historically been asked to play a referee-type role, monitoring the rules and conditions and blowing the whistle when observing the justice-involved individual stepping outside the lines. But there has been a recent call to transform probation officers from referees to coaches. Coaches' role is to help their players win. To do so is to be able to assess talent quickly, design plans to help build strengths while minimizing the risks, reinforce, cheer, and hold accountable. This presentation will provide the framework for rethinking probation's role at the table as one of coach versus referee.

Trauma Informed Treatment Courts

Dr. Christopher Wilson, director, Being Trauma Informed
Judge Shaun Floerke, district court judge, 6th Judicial District of Minnesota.

Research has drawn strong correlations between trauma and substance use disorders, raising the issue of what our treatment courts can do to be trauma-informed. In this 1.5 hour webinar, Judge Shaun Floerke and Dr. Chris Wilson will set the stage for participants with a brief overview of the impact of trauma on the brain, from both a neuropsychological and evolutionary perspective, and then provide several concrete ways a treatment court team can be trauma informed. The focus of the 90 minutes will be on the practical implementation of the science.