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Equity and Inclusion
Training Series

Overview

Since the beginning, treatment courts have been instruments of change in the justice system, transforming how the system responds to substance use and mental health disorders and leading a movement away from punishment toward compassion and evidence-based treatment.

Research demonstrates racial and ethnic disparities plague the justice system. Treatment courts must be part of the solution and lead the way toward true equity because leading is what treatment courts have always done. With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, NADCP has launched a new series of cutting-edge training programs designed to equip treatment courts with the tools you need to lead the way.

Don’t wait to register for these important trainings; space is limited!

All webinars are free for attendees, will provide an opportunity for questions and answers as time allows, and will be recorded for future use. Please note that a certificate of attendance will only be available for those who attend the live webinars.

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Presenter: Kim Monique-Johnson, Inner Visions Consulting, LLC

Session 1: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Questioning Participants in Treatment Court

Webinar held March 10, 2022

Treatment courts will learn to understand the specific needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and questioning (LGBQ) participants to remove access barriers and individualize treatment plans. This module will address cultural competency by developing health literacy skills in speaking about sexual orientation and issues of cultural humility such as identifying and stopping microaggressions and collecting accurate data.

By the end of the training session, team members will be able to:

  • Identify where disparities occur with LGBQ individuals in court and treatment.
  • Define sexual orientation.
  • Explain the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Identify the treatment needs of LGBQ participants.
  • Recognize specific barriers to meeting the needs of LGBQ participants.
  • Identify specific strategies to overcome the barriers to LGBQ success.
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Presenter: Kim Monique-Johnson, Inner Visions Consulting, LLC

Session 2: Gender Identity and the Participant of Transgender Experience in Treatment Court

Webinar held June 9, 2022

Transgender adults have a prevalence of substance use disorder (SUD) almost four times that of cisgender adults. They face challenges that include dealing with extremely high rates of childhood trauma, high Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) scores, widespread discrimination, violence, practitioner lack of cultural competency, stigma due to their gender identity and expression, and multiple minority stressors. This module will address cultural competency by developing health literacy skills specific to data collection, gender-affirming and inclusive communication, and self-assessment for bias and microaggressions.

By the end of the training session, team members will be able to:

  • Define the terms transgender and cisgender.
  • Explain the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Identify the challenges persons of transgender experience have accessing and succeeding in treatment court.
  • Recognize the impact of trauma on persons of transgender experience.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use an evidence-based, two-question intake tool to determine gender identity.
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Presenter: Dr. Anne Janku, NADCP consultant

Session 3: How to Organize and Conduct a Focus Group

Webinar held September 8, 2022

The NADCP Equity and Inclusion Toolkit (which can be found here) recommends treatment courts conduct focus groups to better understand the experiences of staff, participants, and community members. In this webinar, participants will learn how to prepare, organize, and conduct a focus group.

By the end of the training session, team members will understand:

  • Whom to invite, how many, and how to facilitate the discussion.
  • The role of the facilitator and where to hold the focus group.
  • How to record the discussion and what to expect from participants.
  • How to formulate the discussion questions and length of time to hold the focus group.
  • How to engage participants, analyze the discussion content, and obtain useful results.
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Date: December 8, 2022 | 2:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Carolyn Hardin, Chief of Training and Research, NADCP

Session 4: How To Identify and Host an Advisory Board
Advisory boards can assist treatment courts in better understanding the experiences of participants and community members. They can also assist in the change process for effective engagement of minority communities. This session will help participants develop an effective advisory board that helps their treatment court team assess resources, risks, and consequences of program changes on their communities.

By the end of the training session, team members will understand how to:

  • Identify board members and facilitate the discussion.
  • Formulate the discussion questions and determine length of time to hold the advisory board.
  • Engage board members, analyze the discussion content, and obtain useful results.