Multimedia Resources

Below you will find the multimedia resources, related to problem solving courts, that JPO has produced.

Podcast Series

On the Docket with the National Drug Court Resource Center is a podcast series that explores problem-solving courts working to address substance use, mental health, and co-occurring disorders within the criminal justice system.  These voluntary programs serve as a form of deferred adjudication that focuses on rehabilitation and treatment, rather than incarceration.

This podcast and the National Drug Court Resource Center are brought to you by the Justice Programs Office, a center within the School of Public Affairs at American University, and in part by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, which is housed under the Department of Justice.  The ideas and thoughts expressed in this podcast do not directly reflect those of the Justice Programs Office, American University, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, or the Department of Justice.

Please visit the iTunes Podcast Store to listen to episodes of On the Docket and click "subscribe" to automatically download future episodes.

Follow us on Twitter: @theNDCRC and @AU_JPO.

Hosted and produced by Anna Koozmin, Program Assistant at the Justice Programs Office
Music: "Skipping in the No Standing Zone" by Peter Gresser
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Episode 1 - Family Treatment Court Basics with Evan Elkin

In this episode of On the Docket with the National Drug Court Resource Center, we introduce the National Drug Court Resource Center and explore the basics of family treatment courts with Evan Elkin, the Executive Director of Reclaiming Futures.
Episodes are available to download through the iTunes Podcast Store. Check back for more episodes!

 

Archived Webinars

Hispanics and Latinos in Drug Courts: Cultural Strategies to Enhance and Sustain Recovery - May 5, 2017
With material presented by Diana Padilla, Program Manager for NDRI, and Joseph R. Madonia, former Director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court, this interactive webinar includes a question and answer session at its conclusion.

Women in Treatment Courts - February 22, 2017
Hon. William G. Schma and Valerie Moore conducted an interactive webinar session entitled, “Women in the Treatment Courts." While drug treatment courts have significantly fewer women in their programs than men, they have been developing specific tracks designed to serve the needs and interests of women.

Selecting and Using Risk Assessment Tools in Problem Solving Courts - December 6, 2016
The BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project at American University conducted an interactive webinar session presented by Dr. Sarah Desmarais, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Applied Social and Community Psychology Program at North Carolina State University that covered risk assessment tools. This webinar will provide a brief introduction to the history of risk assessment, followed by a description of the characteristics and content of contemporary risk assessment instruments used in U.S. correctional settings, including their strengths and limitations.

The Role of Prosecutors in Drug Treatment Courts - November 15, 2016
This webinar was presented by Mike Loeffler, Esq. and Judge Christine Carpenter and covered balancing all prosecutorial roles from planning through implementation of the drug court, developing clear eligibility criteria for participants, the appropriate role of the prosecutor regarding being a program "gatekeeper," and working as a team player and participant advocate while ensuring public safety.

Veterans Treatment Courts: 2015 Survey Results - November 16, 2017
The Justice Programs Office, a center in the School of Public Affairs, at American University (JPO at AU) is pleased to present the Veterans Treatment Courts: 2015 Survey Results.  As part of the services provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance's (BJA) Adult Drug Court Technical Assistance Project, JPO at AU conducted a survey to provide a snapshot of the range of policies, practices, and services in operating VTC programs.

Sustaining Your Treatment Court: Using a 501(c)(3) to Fundraise - November 3, 2016
This webinar will was presented by Judge William G. Schma, formerly of the Kalamazoo County Circuit Court, and Tracy Velázquez, Associate Director of American University’s Justice Programs Office. The resources of many treatment courts around the country are stretched thin. Dwindling resources, coupled with limitations on using grant funds to pay for participant incentives, has prompted many treatment courts to supplement traditional funding streams through local fundraising activities. Also see this video that was shown during the webinar.

Addressing Synthetic & Designer Drugs in Adult Drug Treatment Courts - October 28, 2016
This webinar was presented by Dr. Leo Kadehjian and Natalie Reyes. The availability and prevalence of synthetic and designer drugs has increased dramatically over the last several years. Due to the rapid nature at which these drugs are produced and modified, and the danger associated with their consumption, they pose significant challenges to drug treatment courts across the country.

The Urgency to Address Trauma in our Treatment Courts: What It Means to be Trauma Informed - October 5, 2016
This webinar was presented by Karen Johnson, LCSW, from the National Council for Behavioral Health. When the topic of trauma arises, many people initially think of veteran populations.  However, traumatic experiences can result from a variety of events throughout a person’s life, including childhood neglect and abuse, sexual assault and community violence. This webinar covered: background on trauma and the principles of trauma-informed care, trauma and addiction, screening and assessing for trauma, a trauma-informed courtroom: communication, processes and procedures, and court environment, trauma programs/treatment interventions, and secondary trauma/self-care.

The Role of Defense Counsel Webinar Series - Spring 2016, presented by Yvonne Smith Segars, Esq., and Michael L. Perlin, Esq.
Part 1: Methods to Improve the Skill Level of Defense Counsel Representing Clients Impacted by Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Issues
This session will focus on challenges defense counsel may encounter in representing defendants with mental and cognitive impairments associated with their drug use, particularly those who may not have a clinical diagnosis but have an impairment that may have an impact on their acceptance into the drug court -- or their being overlooked for potential program eligibility -- as well as their ability to comply with program requirements at least initially. In this sense, defense counsel may be serving in the role as “first responder” to these impairments as well as legal counsel. See also: Part 1 Q&A: Methods to Improve the Skill Level of Defense Counsel Representing Clients Impacted by Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Issues

Part 2: How to Provide Effective Representation from Initial Contact Through Program Completion
The session will take attendees through each stage of the drug court and discuss how defense counsel are involved at each stage while also addressing the dual roles defense counsel play in drug courts, representing their individual clients and their role as a member of the team. Topics presented will include protecting clients’ constitutional rights, attorney/client relationships, advice and advocacy, and navigating ethical concerns and potentially competing interests.

Part 3: Challenging Cases
The session will take attendees through 2-3 challenging cases from beginning to end. Topics discussed will include protecting clients’ constitutional rights, attorney/client relationships, advice and advocacy, and navigating ethical concerns and potentially competing interests.

Specialized Housing Units for Veterans in Prisons and Jails
Conducted by the BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project at American University. Presented by Major Evan Seamone, Professor of Law and Senior Defense Counsel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and Warden Randall Liberty, Warden of the Maine State Prison and Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. This webinar addresses the different forms of veterans housing units that have been implemented in prisons and jails. It traces the initial concept to its origins in the 1920s following WWI, through programs implemented in the wake of WWII and Vietnam, to the contemporary approach. This webinar also identifies the manner in which some correctional institutions have implemented these units to mitigate the high likelihood that incarceration might activate a “second tour” in which veterans can unwittingly approach their time in confinement like time deployed in enemy territory.

The Role of the Judge in Veterans Treatment Courts - May 11, 2016
The BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project at American University conducted an interactive webinar session on The Role of the Judge in Veterans Treatment Courts that was presented by Judge Robert Russell and Judge Vance. The webinar addresses issues relevant to role of the Judge in Veterans Treatment Courts, including: (1) identifying the unique components of Veterans Treatment Courts; (2) planning and implementing a Veterans Treatment Court – including the incorporation of a mentor program; and (3) common issues that may arise and strategies for addressing them.

Critical Treatment Issues Webinar Series - Spring 2016, presented by David Mee-Lee, M.D.
Session 1 | Session 1 Follow Up Q&ASession 2 | Session 2 Follow Up Q&A | Session 3 Session 4 | Session 4 Follow Up Q&A | Session 5 | Session 6 | Session 7 | Session 8
What to expect from state-of-the-art addiction treatment for criminal justice populations in applying the new ASAM Criteria – This webinar series will review how addiction is a brain disease with biopsychosocial-spiritual manifestations, causes and treatment needs; and how the ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) criteria is applied to criminal justice clients. It will explain how comprehensive multidimensional assessment and person-centered, outcomes-driven services and treatment planning should be expected of, and delivered by treatment providers. We will also discuss communication issues between treatment providers and court personnel; what to expect of court personnel and the treatment provider.

Introduction to the Buffalo Drug Court MIS - December 2014
Advance Training on the Buffalo Drug Court Management Information System - December 2014
This two part interactive webinar series demonstrates key features of the Buffalo Drug Court Management Information System for drug court staff who are interested in "hands-on" demonstration of its key features. The session was conducted by Jose Ferrer of the Buffalo City Drug Court who, with Judge Robert Russell and the late Hank Pirowski, has been the principal developer of the system.

Post Traumatic Stress and Trauma in Veterans Treatment Courts - June 28, 2016
This webinar, presented by Dr. Martin Epson, Staff Psychiatrist in the San Francisco Veterans Administration Health Care System (SFVAHCS), covers issues related to trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans treatment courts, including: (1) the prevalence of trauma in justice-involved veterans, (2) how to recognize some symptoms of PTSD, and (3) co-occurring conditions related to trauma exposure.

Veterans Treatment Court Webinar - Session 1 | Resources to Support Military Families - Session 2 | Session 2 Follow Up | The Impact of PTSD on Veterans and Their Families in Drug Court - Session 3
Attorneys, Judges, and Court Personnel as First-Responders: Strategies to Identify and Mitigate Trauma Among Veteran Participants with PTSD and Operational Stress Injuries in Veterans Treatment Court Settings. This Webinar describes methods to assist attorneys and other members of a treatment team in diverting the client from his or her own symptoms – not only from confinement. It also identifies some risks inherent in the professional’s exposure to a Veteran’s own traumatic experiences. Presented by Major Evan Seamone, Professor of Law and Senior Defense Counsel in the U.S. Army Reserve, and Warden Randall Liberty, Warden of the Maine State Prison and Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army Reserve.  Topics in session 2 addressed focus also on issues faced by the families of veterans, including military family dynamics, perspectives regarding the effect of the military culture on drug use, family functioning, and medical treatment and recovery. The focus of session 3 is to educate practitioners about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) so that they can identify associated symptoms and issues faced by veteran participants, recognize the impact these have on veterans' families, and understand how treatment should be tailored to meet each individual veteran's unique needs.

Strategies for Systematically Screening for Drug Court
The panelists for the session are: Caroline Cooper (BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project, American University): Moderator Judge Dennis Fuchs (ret.), Salt Lake City, Utah. Drug Court Judge and currently consultant to the Utah Supreme Court; Judge Jamey Hueston, Baltimore, Maryland: Drug Court Judge and former chair of the Maryland Problem Solving Court Committee; Roger Peters, Ph.D., University of South Florida: specialist in screening, assessment, substance abuse treatment and co-occurring disorders; Judge John Schwartz (Ret.), Rochester, New York Adult Drug, Mental Health and Veterans Treatment Courts; and Yvonne Segars: Former state public defender for New Jersey and previously Drug Court public defender for Newark (Essex County), New Jersey. The topics addressed include: (1) Screening process; (2) Definition of high risk/high need;(3) Assessment process; (4) Using the screening process to promote participant's interest in the program and motivating them to participate (particularly important for young adult populations); and (5) Data: Keeping track of the results of the screening process.

The Role of the Mentor in Veterans Treatment Courts | Follow Up Q&A - March 4, 2016
This webinar was presented by Mr. Jack O'Connor, Mentor Coordinator for the Buffalo, NY, Veterans Treatment Court, and Mr. Greg Coker, the Mentor Coordinator for the San Bernardino, CA, Veterans Treatment Court. This webinar addresses issues relevant to establishing and managing a mentor program for Veterans Treatment Courts, including: (1) planning a mentor program – identifying mentors, screening, recruitment, training, and other tasks; (2) managing a mentor program -- matching mentors with mentees; monitoring the mentor program and the mentors providing services; (3) common issues that may arise and strategies for addressing them; and (4) sustaining a mentor program over time.

The Impact of Gender in the Drug Court Setting
Presented by Paul Warren (LMSW, NDRI), the focus of the first half of this webinar is upon defining "gender," describing the importance and relevance of addressing issues relating to gender in the drug court setting, and providing participants with practical suggestions for effectively planning and addressing gender-related issues. Mr. Warren explains the difference between sex at birth, which is biological, and gender which  is culturally derived and defined expectations of 'femaleness' and 'maleness.'

Session II: Screening and Assessment | Session III: Treatment
Presented by Paul Warren (NDRI), the focus of the second presentation in this three-part series is to increase participants' knowledge about useful screening and assessment instruments for co-occurring disorders (CODs).

Rural Drug Courts: Challenges and Solutions
The focus of this webinar is upon the special challenges encountered by drug courts and their treatment providers in rural and frontier areas of the country and responses that have proven effective. This webinar also drew on a Technical Assistance Guide on Drug Court Treatment Services developed through the BJA Drug Court Technical Assistance Project (soon to be published). Presenters provided a detailed look into each of these challenges and how some of the existing rural programs are addressing some of these issues through use of innovative use of technology such as Skype or Teleconferencing, Virtual Counseling, Telehealth services etc.

Gender Responsive Strategies for Women Offenders in Drug Court
Presented by Diana Padilla (NDRI), this presentation discusses underlying factors that are relevant to criminal activity involving women, such as sexual abuse and trauma, and how these factors can lead to women engaging in criminal activity. She describes gender responsiveness is defined as "understanding and taking into account the differences in characteristics and life experiences that women and men bring to the criminal justice system.”

Gender Specific Issues for Men -- Effectively Engaging Men in Treatment
Presented by Dan Griffin, the second half of this session focuses upon gender specific issues relevant to male drug court clients, various approaches for effectively engaging male clients, addressing relevant triggers for relapse and promoting healthier behavior change, and helping men recover. Mr. Griffin discusses trauma-informed care, which takes trauma into account when developing treatment plans, and how trauma disrupts the chemistry of the brain predisposing effected clients to other issues.

The Purposes of Courts
Ernest Friesen, Senior Court Management Consultant, discusses the purposes of courts.  These include doing individual justice in individual cases, appearing to do justice in individual cases, providing a final resolution of legal disputes, protecting individuals from the arbitrary use of government power, making a formal record of legal status, deterring criminal behavior, and rehabilitating persons convicted of crimes.

Cultural Proficiency in Drug Court: Screening & Assessment
Presented by Andrew Osborne (NDRI), the focus of this webinar is upon describing the importance of cultural proficiency in the screening and assessment processes. Mr. Osborne gives various examples of how a client's culture shapes his/her belief system and attitude toward such issues as child rearing, sexual roles, and punctuality.

Evidence Based Interventions: Strategies to Engage and Retain Young Adults in Drug Court Programs
Presented by Andrew Osborne (NDRI), this presentation, the last of this series, discusses a list of suggested references related to young adults in drug courts, with specific articles regarding supervision, treatment and assessment. Mr. Osborne also briefly describes several evidence based practices in Drug Courts for young adults.

Bio-Psycho Service Needs: Strategies to Engage and Retain Young Adults in Drug Court Programs
Presented by Andrew Osborne (NDRI), this presentation focuses on bio/medical and psychological issues typically associated the young adult population in drug court, including hepatitis and HIV. Mr. Osborne discusses juvenile strategies that may be applied to the young adult population for intervention, supervision and case management, such as education relating to risk taking, and promoting activities that capitalize on the strengths of a developing brain.

Young Adult Social Development: Strategies to Engage and Retain Young Adults in Drug Court Programs
Presented by Andrew Osborne (NDRI), this presentation provides a definition for 'young adult' as a person aged within the two decades between the end of adolescence and the beginning of midlife (approximately 20-40 years old) -- 18 to 25-year-old offenders under the SAMHSA definition - and discusses characteristics of the young adult population often seen in drug court, including low education levels, low self-esteem and chronic unemployment.

Addiction and the Neuroscience of the Brain, Part 1 | Part 2
Introduction to the Neuroscience of Addiction (September 13, 2012) was presented by Joseph Lunievicz, BA, RYT (Director of Training, NDRI).  The focus of this webinar is upon helping participants understand the changes that occur in the brain as a result of chemical dependency. Mr. Lunievicz defines neuroscience as 'the field of study encompassing the various scientific disciplines dealing with the structure, development, function, chemistry, pharmacology, and pathology of the nervous system that effect the brain.' The focus of the second webinar in this series is upon helping participants understand the Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual factors that impact addiction, as well as issues participants experience in early recovery and how these issues relate to client conduct and participation in the drug court program.