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Office of Criminal Justice Programs
Bill Scollon, Director

Training Opportunities


Addressing the Needs of Families Impacted by Domestic Violence through Rapid Rehousing
Monday, July 14th 1:30-3:00pm EST 

Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children. The Family and Youth Service Bureau's Family Violence Prevention and Services Program invites you to learn about approaches that work to help families impacted by domestic violence by providing access to housing and trauma-informed supportive services. This webinar will feature the Oregon Volunteer of America's Home Free Program and the Washington State Coalition's Domestic Violence Housing First Program. Presenters will specifically discuss two rapid rehousing programs designed to assist individuals and families impacted by domestic violence.
Oregon's Home Free Program and WSCADV's Domestic Violence Housing First (DVHF) focus on helping domestic violence survivors retain or access safe permanent housing quickly
—often bypassing emergency shelters. Participants receive tailored services to help them maintain that housing based on their unique needs.
Kris Billhardt, Director of the Home Free Program and Linda Olsen, Housing Program Coordinator with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence will discuss their programming frameworks, critical programming considerations, and share the outcomes of their program evaluations.


You will receive a confirmation email shortly after you register from

 If you have any questions about this webinar please contact, Shawndell Dawson, Senior Program Specialist, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, at

Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Individuals
July 22, 2014
1 - 2:30 PM EST

Target Audience: Criminal Justice Professionals, Corrections Health Professionals, Community-based Providers

NIC is pleased to offer the first of several follow-up webinars that will delve further into health reform issues in criminal justice and corrections settings.

First up - Health Literacy: Enhancing Access to Health Care for Justice-Involved Individuals.

With the advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is now possible for millions of low-income justice-involved individuals to obtain insurance coverage for their physical and behavioral health care needs. This far- reaching systems change will impact every component of the criminal justice system from pretrial to reentry, from corrections health to behavioral health. Criminal Justice professional and Health professionals alike have a role in helping these individuals develop the capacity to obtain and understand basic health information to make appropriate health care decisions. In this one and half hour presentation you will hear from national correctional health care and health literacy experts. The content of this webinar will meet the following objectives:


1. Understand the health needs and incidence of chronic disease in the CJ population

2. Understand the importance of maintaining a continuum of care as inmates transition from jails to the community

3. Understand the barriers to access to care for this population, i.e., health literacy

4. Understand the role of criminal justice professionals, (corrections health, transition counselors, and probation/parole) in incorporating linkage to health care into case managements

5. Provide strategies for establishing linkages / maintaining continuum of care

How Trauma-Informed is Your Organization? Assessing and Improving Organizational Performance

Date & Time
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 3:00 - 4:30 pm


  • Kathleen Guarino, LMHC, Director of Training, National Center on Family Homelessness Victoria Bifano, Vice President of Human Resources, New England Center for Homeless Veterans Kristine DiNardo, Vice President of Clinical Services, New England Center for Homeless Veterans Dale Proulx, Clinical Manager, Veterans Inc.
  • Katie Doherty, Director of Training and Education/Consultant Women's Program, Soldier On


  • Josie Alleman, Strategic Initiatives Consultant, Social Solutions

Hear Kathleen Guarino translate trauma-informed care into tangible, concrete components organizations can incorporate as they strive to adopt a trauma-informed approach and improve outcomes for vulnerable children, adults and families.  Taking people’s experiences of trauma into account in service delivery, and creating the physical, psychological and emotional safety required to give them the opportunity to rebuild a sense of control and improve their lives, is an important but extensive process.In this webinar, we review the Trauma-Informed Organizational Self-Assessment, featured on PerformWell, as one way to assess current performance and lay a foundation for improvement over time. Practitioners who have used the version designed for women veterans will describe their organizations’ approaches to transforming practices, policies and organizational culture, including successes and lessons learned. The speakers will discuss the benefits of becoming trauma-informed, how to use this curriculum to create change, next steps, and resources required.  A substantial amount of time will be dedicated to answering questions from the audience.This event is appropriate for organizations working with populations – children, adults or families – that have experienced trauma in substantial numbers. The self-assessment featured was initially developed for agencies in the field of homelessness, but has been adapted for use with women veterans and displaced families and may be used by organizations in other fields

Caring for Others While Caring for Ourselves
July 30, 2014
2:00 - 3:30 PM CST

This webinar examines how doing this work, and in particular, working with children, may affect us. This webinar offers practical strategies for enhancing self-awareness, dealing with stress on the job, fostering our own resilience, and developing organizational supports that can help sustain us in this work.

Meeting the Civil Legal Needs of Survivors: The Center for Solo Practitioners
August 19, 2014
12:00 - 1:30 PM CST

Pro bono legal services cannot meet all the legal needs of victims. Funding sources for full-time attorneys are scarce. The Alliance and Thomas Jefferson School of Law have partnered to create a new model for providing legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. This webinar will describe the vision of the rapidly developing "incubator" model of legal services across America, the "accelerator" model developed in San Diego, and the potential for replicable models of the Center for Solo Practitioners in Family Justice Centers and community-based agencies across the country. Lilys McCoy, the Director of the Center for Solo Practitioners will join Casey Gwinn, Gael Strack, and others on the Alliance Team to present the San Diego Model and lay out the steps necessary to develop a similar model in other communities. The Alliance's pilot project, started in 2012 has had significant results to date and the potential for meeting the complex legal needs of victims is unlimited. Join the webinar and dream big about meeting legal needs of survivors and their children in your community!

Conferences & Meetings


Links to Past Conference Materials


Reentry Conference Materials Online

This past May the Council of State Governments Justice Center convened Second Chance Act and Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees for a conference in Washington, DC that was designed to promote collaboration on combatting issues of mental health and recidivism. Attendees heard from experts and practitioners about a wide range of programs being tested in the field to combat recidivism.  Click link above to access the conference agenda and watch the opening plenary and many of the workshop sessions.


Indefinitely Available Webinars

Victim Assistance Training Online (VAT Online)

is a basic victim advocacy Web-based training program that offers victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the basic skills and knowledge they need to better assist victims of crime.

Redesigned VAT Online now available.

No Cost attached.  VAT Online is free training you can take at your own pace.

Engaged Interactions.  We've developed engaging online interactions to help reinforce the content, including real-life scenarios, videos, and more.

Information you need to know. 19 modules with up-to-date information will help strengthen your knowledge and skills to assist victims of crime, including:
Crisis intervention
Problem solving
Assessing victims' needs
Criminal justice system

Webinar: A Trauma-Informed Effective Reinforcement System for Girls (2013)

"The TLC TIER (Trauma Informed Effective Reinforcement) System for Girls is a female responsive, research-based model that offers short-term detention and residential programs an effective alternative to compliance-focused behavior management systems. The TIER System for Girls teaches staff skills that are more effective in motivating positive behavior with girls than traditional points and level systems. This Webinar reviews the framework of the TIER System for Girls, and provides examples of processes and techniques that will establish a gender responsive, trauma-informed program culture. Learning Objectives: explore the elements of a trauma-informed, gender responsive system that promotes safe behavior in residential programs and detention facilities; learn about the importance of developing a gender responsive program culture/environment for girls; and discover how to engage girls and staff when improving elements of program culture/environment through real-life examples. This website provides access to a recording of the webinar, presentation slides, speakers' transcript, and a transcript of chat questions and answers. SOURCE: National Girls Institute (NGI); U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) (Washington, DC). Authored by Selvaggi, Kimberly S.; Wolf, Angie; Long, Callie.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Pretrial System: A "Front Door" to Health and Safety (2014)

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides an historic opportunity for millions of low-income individuals to obtain insurance coverage for their physical and behavioral health care needs. For the last several years, diverse behavioral health advocates, health care providers and community-based prevention organizations, have worked to understand the implications of the ACA on the justice-involved population. Much of the conversation has been centered on the disproportionately high rates of physical and behavioral health care needs amongst this previously uninsured population � Access to treatment services through the ACA at pretrial decision points creates a notable opportunity to interrupt the cycle of crime exacerbated by chronic physical and behavioral health issues" (p. 1). This publication provides a general idea of what the ACA entails and explains how it can be used with pretrial detainees. Sections contained in this document include: an overview of the ACA; the major opportunities it can provide for pretrial justice; ACA as the front door to coverage; and a call to action for pretrial services�actively represent pretrial in collaborative planning efforts, develop a plan for screening and enrollment, and begin addressing larger policy questions. SOURCE: National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) (Washington, DC).

Complicated matters: domestic and sexual violence, problematic substance use and mental ill-health

This course has been developed alongside a toolkit for professionals who work with victims or perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence who are also affected by problematic substance use and/or mental ill-health. You will find links to the toolkit throughout the course.

Working with gang-affected young women experiencing sexual and domestic violence

This e-learning programme will help you understand the experiences of gang-affected young women. You will learn to identify the abuse young women are vulnerable to and learn strategies to engage and support young women at risk or or gang involved.

Pre-Recorded Webinar: – CCR Account Migration and Update/Renew Webinar

 This course is directed toward those who are interested in doing business with the government, and who previously registered in CCR. The course will cover essential activities for getting started and using the System for Award Management (SAM).  Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:  Create a new SAM user account; Migrate permissions from the legacy Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system into SAM; and Update/renew an existing registration.

Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Women Webinar Recording

If you missed the live Webinar, dont miss these four informative presentations on women and trauma. Addressing the Intersection of Trauma, Mental Health Challenges, and Substance Use is the second webinar in the series, The Past, Present, & Future of Federal Governments Commitment to Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Women, hosted by The Women and Trauma Federal Partners Committee .

Webinar presentations include:

  • Women and Violence Study: Trauma Services in Public Mental Health  Susan E. Salasin, International Adviser for Development of Trauma Informed Care Public Health Programs
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences: Impact on Health & Wellbeing across the Life Course Melissa Merrick, PhD, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
  • Seeking Safety: An evidence-based model for trauma and/or addition Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, Boston University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • If it Works I Miamia Model Program for Serving Traumatized Human Beings  Teresa Descilo, MSW, MCT, The Trauma Resolution Center

You can access the PowerPoint slides and the audio recording of the webinar at: