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Register Now! Women Unbarred: Recovery and Supports for Women Involved with Criminal Justice
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Reserve a spot on your calendar on July 23, 2015 for the upcoming webinar, Women Unbarred: Recovery and Supports for Women Involved with the Criminal Justice System, the fifth webinar in the Women Matter series from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Women MatterAbout the webinar:

This webinar centers on the unique experiences, barriers to recovery and reentry into society, that women often face during and after incarceration. Experts will address the experiences, needs, and resiliency of women involved with the correctional system, along with effective interventions, programs, policies, and partnerships to help women rebuild their lives. This presentation is designed for anyone, including community and in-custody treatment and recovery service providers, who work with women who have experienced incarceration.

Featured Speakers:

Maureen Buell, M.S.: Ms. Buell leads the National Institute of Corrections Justice-Involved Women’s Initiative, which develops evidence-based and gender-informed policies, procedures, and practices to improve outcomes in the management of women in jails, prisons, reentry, and community corrections. She also manages a compassion fatigue and secondary trauma initiative addressing the effect of stress and fatigue on correctional staff, their families, and organizations. She co-authored a chapter in Working with Women Offenders in the Community, serves on several boards, and is a member of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections.

Brenda V. Smith, J.D.: Dr. Smith is a professor at American University, Washington College of Law, and teaches a year-long seminar titled Women, Crime, and Law. She is Director of the Project on Addressing Prison Rape and the former Commissioner of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. She is a widely consulted expert on issues at the intersection of gender, crime, class, and sexuality, and a recipient of, the Emmalee C. Godsey Research Award and the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship. Dr. Smith was inducted into the D.C. Women’s Hall of Fame for her work on behalf of low-income women and children.

Deborah (Deb) Werner, M.A. (Moderator): Ms. Werner is a Senior Program Manager at Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) and serves as Project Director for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA)’s Training and Technical Assistance on Women and Families Impacted by Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders.

Date:  July 23, 2015 3:00-4:30 EST

Register here


This announcement is available at NIC's Gender-Responsive News for Women and Girls.  Feel free to forward to friends and colleagues.  Subscribe to the newsletter at

For additional resources on Justice-Involved Women go to NIC’s Women Offenders.

Posted Tue, Jul 7 2015 9:15 AM by Susan Powell


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