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Drug Court U: Webinars

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Fentanyl and the Opioid Crisis

Steve Hanson

America's opioid crisis continues to take a toll on communities across the country in the form of overdoses and deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attribute these causalities largely to illegally manufactured fentanyl. Armed with the latest information treatment courts are well positioned to act against this fast-acting and dangerous substance in their communities.

Loan Repayment Opportunity for Substance Use Disorder Counselors and Behavioral Health Professionals

Israil Ali, M.P.A., director, National Health Service Corps; Malissa Lewis, L.L.M. chief, Bureau of Health Workforce

Pay off your school loans with up to $250,000 from the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) in exchange for six years of full-time service at an approved facility. Behavioral health clinicians, paraprofessionals, clinical support staff and many others trained in substance use disorder treatment who are U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents (includes lawful permanent residents or “green card” holders) are encouraged to apply at

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.

Recovery Capital and Treatment Courts: A New Approach to Improve Client Outcomes

Dr. Jacqueline van Wormer

Description: While utilizing substance use disorder treatment is critical in the drug court model, what other elements are important to bring about long-term recovery for clients? Research over the past two decades has found that individuals with strong concentrations of personal, social, and community capital are more likely to sustain long-term recovery. But what exactly does this mean, and how do we operationalize this in the treatment court model?
This session will introduce participants to the concept and definition of Recovery Capital. The current research findings on the importance of assessing and building personal, social, and community capital to strengthen long-term recovery (long past the exit from drug court) will be reviewed. Teams will learn how to move these concepts into practice throughout their program, with a specific focus on applying the recovery capital framework in staffing and case management.

Peer Recovery Services: Breaking Barriers, Sharing Solutions

Julie Seitz LGSW, LADC
Beth Elstad

Description: These changing times have a significant impact on our communities. Changes to court proceedings, community supervision, treatment services, school closures, and disruption in employment have created additional barriers. The need for recovery community to respond with innovative solutions has never been greater.

Using a multimedia approach, we will cover the fundamentals of peer-based recovery support services, and the need to shift from an acute care model to a recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC). Additionally, this session will demonstrate how they can be adapted in trying times to create new ways to connect to ensure individuals seeking or engaging in recovery have the opportunity experience connection and support.

Improving Client Outcomes: Using Core Correctional Practices in Treatment Courts

Melanie Lowenkamp

Description: The webinar will educate probation officers, case managers, treatment providers, and others working in treatment courts on the fundamentals of Core Correctional Practices (CCP). The skills developed through CCP are designed to improve team members’ relationship skills, rapport, motivational enhancement strategies, and cognitive-behavioral problem solving approaches critical to aligning with national best practice standards. While developing these skills among case managers is critical, all team members are encouraged to attend to learn how the skills can be used in various roles in the treatment court.

The one-hour webinar includes an brief overview of the research on CCP, the three main components of CCP (relationship building, motivational enhancement skills, and intervention skills), an example demonstration of one skill within each component and Q&A.

High-Risk Impaired Drivers: Substance Use Disorders, Psychiatric Diagnosis, and Challenges with Treatment

Steve Hanson

Description: The DWI court population has unique characteristics and responsivity needs, including the high rate of underlying mental health disorders among repeat impaired drivers. When working with this high-risk, high-need population, treatment for both substance use and mental health disorders is critical. If DWI courts aren’t treating the whole person, the likelihood of long-term recovery and success begins to dwindle.

This webinar dives into the challenges of treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. It will address common disorders, barriers to achieving breakthroughs with high-risk/high-need clients, and how to overcome obstacles in treatment.

Mitigating Trauma in the Courthouse by Understanding Changes to the Brain

Kim McGinnis, Ph.D., chief judge, Pueblo of Pojoaque

Description: Substance use and trauma change brain architecture, leading to frustrating or unexpected behaviors. This session will discuss structural changes commonly found in the brains of people struggling with substance misuse and trauma, which will help us understand some of our participants' frustrating behaviors.