Criminal Justice & Rehabilitation Conference

The annual conference of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation Program
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Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Conference

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

2019 Theme: Reducing Recidivism: Evidence Based Practices and Interventions


8:30 am - 4:30 pm

UW-Stout, Memorial Student Center

Registration Cost: FREE

The Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation emerged as its own unique higher education program as a result of the demand for more training, education, and preparation of future criminal justice professionals. Our focus is to work with community agencies as well as the community to help foster innovative partnerships that bridge the gap between research and practice. The Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation Conference began in 2018 and is based on the community partnerships relationship philosophy.

The 2019 conference will focus on what criminal justice agencies (e.g., law enforcement, court systems, restorative justice, jail and prison systems), human service agencies (e.g., mental health, substance abuse, trauma informed care, assistance for those transitioning into the community), and the role that the community plays in the improvement and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

Please join us for the second annual event generously supported by:

UW-Stout College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Science

UW-Stout Department of Rehabilitation and Counseling

Discovery Center Professional Education Programs & Services


NEW Opportunity for 2019: Government & Non-Profit Career Expo

The Government & Non-Profit Career Expo is a chance for employers and agencies to connect with UW-Stout undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty for the purpose of networking and discussing opportunities with their organization. The Career Expo will be an available option between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Agency Representatives should register to attend the conference and then separately their agency for a table at the Expo.


Registration is Open

Registration Fee: $0/Free
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Call for Presentations

The 2019 Call is CLOSED
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Additional Opportunity for Agency Representatives

Participate in the Gov't and Non-Profit Career Expo
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2019 Program Schedule At-a-Glance

8:00 AM - TBD PM Registration & Check-in: Concourse Lounge
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Morning Refreshments & Networking: Great Hall
8:30 AM - 8:40 AM Welcome & Introductions
8: 40 AM - 9:25 AM Keynote Speaker
9:25 AM - 9:35 AM Break
9:35 AM - 10:30 AM Concurrent Sessions
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Poster Session and Networking Break
11:00 AM - 11:55 PM Concurrent Sessions
11:55 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch (on own) & Networking
1:00 PM -  1:55 PM Concurrent Sessions
1:55 PM - 2:10 PM Break
2:10 PM - 3:05 PM Concurrent Sessions/Career Expo
3:05 PM - 3:10 PM Break
3:10 PM - 4:05 PM Concurrent Sessions/Career Expo
4:05 PM - 4:10 PM Break
4:10 PM- 4:30 PM Student Awards & Closing Remarks
4:30 PM Conference Official Close


2019 Keynote and Sessions


KEYNOTE: Restorative Justice: Reducing Recidivism and Transforming Lives

Restorative justice holds a great deal of potential to reduce recidivism and transform lives from juveniles to adults in both minor and serious crimes. Empirical studies and meta-analyses have yielded dramatic evidence on the effectiveness of restorative justice practices, which have been one of the most rigorously tested criminal justice innovations to-date. Examining different RJ models, this talk will explore various applications of restorative justice as either a supplement or a complete alternative to the traditional criminal justice system to empower victims, repair harm, and respond to crime in a meaningful way.

Jonathan Scharrer, Clinical Assistant Professor & Director
Restorative Justice Project
Frank J. Remington Center, University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, Wisconsin

Jonathan Scharrer is the Director of the Restorative Justice Project at the University of Wisconsin Law School's Frank J. Remington Center. He has extensive experience as a facilitator of victim-offender dialogues in sensitive and serious crimes and as a trainer in a variety of restorative justice practices. Jonathan is active in examining criminal justice policy--with a focus on victim-empowerment and addressing racial disparities in the criminal justice system--and has helped design and implement multiple restorative justice diversion programs and restorative responses to crime. Additionally, Jonathan currently serves as an elected member of the advisory council for the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.

Session 1: (Double Session) Diversion Programming for Undera

Diversion Programming for Underage Alcohol and Tobacco/Nicotine Use

Arbor Place, Inc. works with Dunn County Courts to provide local diversion programming. During this interactive workshop, participants will experience two of these diversion programs.The Alcohol Awareness ProgramI uses an evidence-based curriculum, PRIME FOR LIFE, to explore high-risk vs. low-risk use of alcohol and other drugs, examine reasons for use, effects of use and ways to make low-risk choices. 2) The Tobacco Diversion Program uses an evidence-based curriculum, NOT ON TOBACCO, to increase self-awareness regarding use of any form of tobacco/nicotine, consequences of use and resources that are available for those who decide to quit. (Recently updated to include information on e-cigs.)

Kathy Asper, Manager of Prevention Services & Certified Prevention Specialist
Arbor Place, Inc.
Menomonie, Wisconsin

Kathy Asper is the Manager of Prevention Services at Arbor Place, Inc. and a Certified Prevention Specialist. She has been providing prevention education to parents, students and community coalitions across the nation since 1986. Since 2001, Kathy has served as a Training Associate for the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse/Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and a moderator for the SAMHSA on-line Ethics in Prevention Course. Since 2003 Kathy has served as the lead trainer for SAMHSA's Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training, a four-day workshop that equips members of local coalitions and prevention providers to utilize SAMHSA's five-step Strategic Prevention Framework. Kathy served a Program Reviewer for SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence based Programs and Practices (NREPP) from 2006 to 2015 and is certified to deliver several evidence-based prevention programs including Guiding Good Choices (Parenting program), American Lung Associations’ Not On Tobacco (court diversion and in-school suspension program), Prevention Research Institute's Prime for Life (court diversion program) and Mental Health First Aide.

Session 2: Police Recruit Training

Police Recruit Trainings

Description Forthcoming…

Eric Anderson – Director, Law Enforcement Academy
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Biography Forthcoming...

Session 3: Candid Conversation: Officer Involved Shooting

Candid Conversation: Officer Involved Shooting

As an officer involved shooting, Detective Meyer states, “I feel obligated to share my OIS story with those in the Law Enforcement Profession, those wanting to become law enforcement professionals, and anyone else who would be willing to listen. I speak very candidly about ‘everything’ before, during, and after my OIS”.

Adam Myers, Detective
Lake Hallie Police Department
Lake Hallie, Wisconsin

Biography Forthcoming...

Session 4: Expressive Arts and Correctional Rehabilitation

Expressive Arts and Correctional Rehabilitation

Through this presentation, participants will learn about the value of expressive arts and its application as a rehabilitative tool.  Participants will hear about two specific expressive approaches, mandalas and sandtray, as well as anecdotes about how these mediums facilitated their rehabilitation within the incarceration system.

Andy Felton PhD, LPC, RPT, ADS 
Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation & Counseling
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin

Biography Forthcoming...

Session 5: STUDENT PANEL: UW-Stout's Criminal Justice and Re

STUDENT PANEL: UW-Stout's Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation Program

The student panel session will involve current criminal justice and rehabilitation students regarding their experiences in the program. Questions for the panel will be formed by other students, faculty members, criminal justice professionals, and community members.

Katie Killian
Taylor Werlinger
Kaylen Nance
Hayley Rich
Tiffany Johnson
Stephanie Johnson

Biographies Forthcoming...

Session 6: Measuring Social Support in a Justice-Involved Po

Measuring Social Support in a Justice-Involved Population: An Exploratory Study

Social support has been used as a theoretical construct in criminology sparingly, appearing in a select few studies over the last twenty-five years. This study explores the role of social support in the lives of a justice-involved population in one large, Midwest city. The researchers developed a 28-item survey, grounded in social support theory, and obtained responses from 80 participants. Policy implications from the results include developing programs in community corrections to enhance social support received from family.

Shawn M. Trusten, Adjunct Instructor
Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology
University of Wisconsin – River Falls

Shawn M. Trusten is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls (UWRF), and has worked in the field of Community Corrections for over 15 years in several different capacities. His research interests include desistance, and the risk-need-responsivity principle. He is also the co-host of a podcast, The Criminologists.

Phillip M. Galli, Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology
University of Wisconsin – River Falls

Phillip M. Galli is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Criminology, & Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls (UWRF). His research interests include community corrections and the role of family social support in the lives of offenders. Phil’s dissertation focuses on the use of social support variables to better understand offense typology. Prior to working in academics, Phil worked as a probation/parole officer in Missouri, Ohio and Illinois.

Session 7: Strategies to Reducing Recidivism

Strategies to Reducing Recidivism

MINNCOR Industries provides offenders the opportunity to practice job keeping skills in hands on environments, while encouraging them to seek creativity and new skills. Recognizing the importance of utilizing these skills once in the community, MINNCOR/EMPLOY has implemented several key strategies over the past year. This presentation will share ideas of how you can support the individuals you work with that have criminal histories.

Julia Kraemer, EMPLOY Program Job Search Trainer
MINNCOR Industries 
St. Paul, Minnesota

Julia Kraemer-Martens is a Workforce Development Specialist for MINNCOR’s EMPLOY Program and is one of the job search trainers. She facilitates groups in MCF-SHK (main/CIP), MCF-FRB (main/min), MCF-RW (min) and MCF-WR (CIP). Prior to working for EMPLOY, Julia was employed with the DOC as a Probation/Parole officer for Le Sueur and Nicollet County and prior to that a Ramsey County Juvenile Probation Officer. Julia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation with a concentration in Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Michael Hreha, Employer Development and Retention
MINNCOR Industries
St. Paul, Minnesota

Michael Hreha has worked for the past nine years as an Employer Development Specialist and the past four years in business development for MINNCOR Industries. In this role he is responsible for exposing businesses to the benefits of hiring ex-offenders participating in the EMPLOY Program and partnering with MINNCOR for sub-contract services. Michael’s unique individualized approach has helped many participants make contact with potential employers, ultimately leading to their employment. Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Session 8: Smart Justice At Work: A Rural County's Perspecti

Smart Justice At Work: A Rural County's Perspective

Over the past decade, Dunn County has galvanized cross system support to implement smart justice initiatives across the criminal justice system. Forming a criminal justice collaborating council, re-configuring a criminal justice collaborating council an implementing multiple small and large initiatives have changed the face of the criminal justice system in Dunn County and proven that even a small county can make meaningful change when it puts its mind to it and works smarter. This presentation will share the history of the journey, speak to current priorities and initiatives and share some outcome data and lessons learned.

Sara Benedict, Criminal Justice Coordinator 
Dunn County, Wisconsin
Menomonie, Wisconsin

Sara Benedict serves as the criminal justice coordinator in Dunn County, Wisconsin. She leads a 19-member cross-disciplinary Criminal Justice Collaborating Council (CJCC) focused on collaboration to improve the effectiveness of Dunn County’s criminal justice system. Coordinator Benedict, a University of Wisconsin-Stout graduate and Air Force veteran, is also a licensed professional counselor and certified rehabilitation counselor that oversees the county’s criminal justice division programs.

Kristin Korpela, Director of Human Services
Dunn County, Wisconsin
Menomonie, Wisconsin

Kristin Korpela is the Director of the Dunn County Department of Human Services located in west central Wisconsin. A social worker by trade, she has been the DHS Director for several years having previously been the Deputy Director and a Family & Children's Services Manager. Over the past 30 years, Kris has had experience in working with children and families, children with disabilities, behavioral health and most recently has chaired the Stepping Up Initiative and serves as CJCC vice chair.