- August 7-18, 2017 – Best Practices Addressing Problem Sexual Behavior in Youth. Astor Services for Families. Poughkeepsie, NY.
- June 19-20, 2017 – Facilitating Effective Criminal Investigations Addressing Sexual Harm by Youth. New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. Albuquerque, NM.
- June 12-16, 2017 – A Comprehensive Response to Incest. New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. Albuquerque, NM.
- May 3-4, 2017 – The Impact of Sexual Abuse on Adolescent Development. Prison Rape Elimination Act Juvenile Conference. Albuquerque, NM.
- May 1-2, 2017 – Facilitating Effective Criminal Investigations Addressing Sexual Harm by Youth. New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. Shiprock, NM.
- April 20-21, 2017 – Practice Makes Perfect: Integrating Evidence Based Practices into Daily Routines Throughout Mental Health Services. Appalachian Community Health Center. Elkins, WV.
- April 2017, April 3-7, 2017 – Best Practices Addressing Problem Sexual Behavior in Youth, New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. Albuquerque, NM.
- March 28-29, 2017 – Practice Self regulation. Office of Adolescent Health Grantee Training, Adrian, MI.
- January 23-26, 2017 – Practice Self-Regulation. Office of Adolescent Health Grantee Training. Westbrook, ME.
- January 19-20, 2017 – Integrating and Optimizing Motivational Interviewing with the Nurtured Heart. Hunterdon Youth Services, Flemington, NJ.
- December 14, 2016 – Using Motivational Interviewing to Enhance Self-Regulation: A Trauma Informed Approach for Health and Well Being. Communities for People, Providence, RI.
- July 25-29, 2016 – Practice Self-Regulation™. Office of Adolescent Health Grantee Training. Albuquerque, NM.
- August 1-5, 2016 – Best Practices Addressing Problem Sexual Behavior in Youth. State of New Mexico, Child, Youth and Family Department, Juvenile Justice Field Services. Albuquerque, NM.
- August 12, 2016 – Practice Self-Regulation: A Trauma-Informed Approach for Addressing Problem Sexual Behavior in Youth. Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine. Portland, ME.
- August 15-19 and September 12-16, 2016 – Best Practices Addressing Problem Sexual Behavior in Youth. State of New Mexico, Child, Youth and Family Department, Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health Services. Albuquerque, NM.
- September 20, 2016 – Addressing Problem Sexual Behavior with Court Involved Youth. Westchester County Department of Probation. White Plains.
- September 21-22, 2016 – Facilitating Effective Evaluations Addressing Problem Sexual Behavior in Youth. Westchester County Department of Probation. White Plains, NY.
- September 27, 2016 – A Trauma-Informed Approach for Adolescent Sexual Health. New Beginnings Substance Abuse Services. Lewiston, ME.
- October 3-7, 2016 – Best Practices Addressing Problem Sexual Behavior in Youth. Diversified Treatment Alternatives. Lewisburg, PA.
- October 13, 2016 – Promoting Positive Youth Development. Great Kids Make Great Communities Annual Conference. Fort Wayne, IN.
- October 20-21, 2016 – Using Motivational Interviewing to Enhance Self-Regulation. Appalachian Community Health Center. Elkins, WV.
- November 2, 2016 – Practice Self-Regulation (PS-R): An Innovative Practice for Preventing Problem Sexual Behavior in Youth. Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers 35th Annual Conference. Orlando, FL.
- November 5-9, 2016 – A Comprehensive Response to Incest. New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. Albuquerque, NM.
- January 30-February 3, and February 20-24, 2017 – Best Practices Addressing Problem Sexual Behavior in Youth. New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. Albuquerque, NM.
- April 27-28, 2017 – Practice Makes Perfect: Integrating Evidence Based Practices into Daily Routines Throughout Mental Health Services. Appalachian Community Health Center. Elkins, WV.
- Summer 2017 – Best Practices Addressing Problem Sexual Behavior in Youth. Astor Services for Families. Poughkeepsie, NY.
Resources for Resolving Violence, Inc. provides a broad array of staff development and training opportunities. While academic certificate courses range between one and two weeks, Joann facilitates a broad range of workshops in a variety of time frames. All services are developed in collaboration with contracting organizations. Staff development and training can be designed to meet the unique needs of each sponsoring organization in order to enhance practical application of all material.
I have used Resources for Resolving Violence Training Material & Treatment Paradigm in correctional, residental, outpatient, and private practice environments for over the past decade of my career. A true shift from the old symptom-focused approached towards growth, healing, and recovering.
Academic Certificate Training Institutes
There are specialized courses meeting state or agency requirements for competency development in designated skills. Some examples are:
- A Collaborative Approach to Stop Sexual Harm by Youth
- A Comprehensive Response to Incest
- A Trauma Informed Approach for Teen Pregnancy Prevention
- Facilitating Effective Investigations in Youth Violence and Sexual Harm
- Helping Youth with Developmental Disabilities Stop Sexually Harmful Behavior
- Motivational Interviewing in Juvenile Justice
- Providing a Trauma Sensitive Approach for Pregnancy Prevention with Youth in Foster Care
- Responding to Traumatized Children In Child Welfare
- Trauma-Informed Services for Children and Families
- Youth Violence Prevention
These courses can involve intensive didactic and experiential study supported by required reading assignments representing current evidence-based research and literature on the topic. Course content is maintained in accordance with standards created by state statutes to credential providers and national standards addressing violence prevention.
Curricula is readily adapted to successfully meet regulatory guidelines and/or special needs of contracting agencies. Courses integrate an approach for both residential and community-based services across a full continuum of care. Content and process address challenges that clinical, criminal justice, school, case management, direct care, and administrative staff face in providing effective services.
Workshops and Seminars
Joann has provided hundreds of training opportunities across North America in settings that include professionals from public and private child-serving organizations, schools, mental health, and juvenile justice. She has also supported agencies serving adults in such settings as sexual health clinics, disability services, and prisons.
A vital element of success in stopping violence involves self-care for all service providers. Joann provides specific training on this topic, and also integrates important elements of it into all presentations.
Each curriculum illustrates a collaborative approach for treatment with youth who have come to the attention of the criminal justice system and/or social service agencies. The goal is to invite responsibility and facilitate accountability in order to prevent any violence and abuse from reoccurring. Clearly defined treatment phases for providing services across the full continuum of care are presented for use in community based or residential facilities. A collaborative approach highlights the need for a multidisciplinary response that meets the intellectual and emotional functioning level of each participant.
Participants attempting to provide a comprehensive therapeutic response to violence and sexual abuse are challenged to explore meaningful ways of involving families who are often unwilling, or seemingly unable, to participate. Families do have the ability to stop violence. They can be involved in treatment regardless of geographic location and limited resources. Through intensive supervision and clinical intervention, victims and offenders can remain involved with their families while everyone learns how to stop abuse and heal from the pain of its impact. Family reunification can be an option in many cases.
With therapeutic support, children and families are able to destroy the powerful secrets of violence and abuse that may have controlled their lives for generations. Youthful offenders are empowered to make sense of painful experiences that have impacted their decisions to commit acts of violence and abuse. They learn to seek and obtain connection benevolently in their lives. It is imperative that treatment not replicate the struggles with power, control, and connection that have often dominated the lives of these families.
A Collaborative Approach for Responding to Children with Sexual Behavior Problems
This curriculum provides a comprehensive response to children aged 12 and below who are being identified as abuse reactive and sexually aggressive. These children are often diverted from court services into both public and private agencies where no defined treatment programs have been created to meet the specific needs of the children and their family members. Treatment combines offense specific interventions with a focus on preventing the development of abusive patterns of interaction. Focus on developmentally appropriate interventions enhances exploration of the trauma outcome process and informs successful interventions.
A Collaborative Approach for Treatment With Violent Youth and Their Families
This curriculum was created by request to meet the needs of agencies faced with increasingly complex problems related to youth in treatment. It is designed to provide a therapeutic response for adolescents who are considered to be at high risk for any type of violence and abuse. These youth often present with issues related to criminal activity, family dissolution, mental illness, substance abuse, and histories of severe trauma. Treatment utilizes offense specific interventions in combination with strategies for addressing all concerns that play a part in their violent behavior.