People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are overrepresented in every part of the criminal justice system, including as victims and suspects or defendants. Prosecutors, who may encounter individuals with I/DD in a variety of ways, do not always have a full understanding of these types of disabilities or their potential impact on resolving cases. This webinar will provide an overview of I/DD, prosecutors’ legal obligations when interacting with the disability community, and concrete strategies to effectively serve this population using real-life case scenarios.
"Veterans Treatment Courts:
Exploring Operations and Issues to Inform the Future"
A webinar by the Justice Programs Office at American University
June 25, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
In this webinar, law enforcement professionals and child trauma experts team up to provide law enforcement professionals with useful guidance regarding the challenging task of death notification involving children. Key steps that should be taken will be reviewed and frequent challenges that arise will be discussed. Presenters will share their experiences with this work and respond to questions from the audience.
Victims react to the psychological trauma of a crime in various ways. In order to ensure they receive the care they need, practitioners must become familiar with the impact of trauma and the concept of trauma-informed care. This session will provide participants insight into the surprising similarities of victims and police officers that will help connect the complex thought patterns of a victim in trying to survive the moment and in the long term.
Although utilizing trauma-informed principles is a beneficial tool when successfully serving clients who are victims of domestic violence and sexual violence, going a step further by being mindful will get you that much further with this population. This webinar will examine why being self-aware of our own judgments, beliefs and attitudes is so important in our work with victims. More importantly, it is this awareness that could have a profound impact on our work within this field – it could be the difference between life or death for the victims we serve.
This webinar will begin by discussing the impact that trauma work has on the brain and body and present interventions that a person can do to mitigate these effects. The presentation will also discuss the personality types that are drawn to trauma work and working with other people’s trauma, and the self-care interventions appropriate for them. The webinar will end with guidance on developing a personalized self-care plan.
Recognizing elder abuse and neglect is challenging and can be more difficult if the person fears losing their independence. This webinar explores a therapeutic response including recognizing signs of abuse and respecting the rights of older persons.
People living with mental illnesses (MI) and intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are disproportionately represented in contacts with police, which can lead to stressful and dangerous conditions for everyone involved. Now, through Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities, law enforcement agencies can request help to respond safely and effectively to incidents involving persons with MI and I/DD.
The fourth and final webinar in this series will provide guidance for applicants on how to avoid common application mistakes.
In this webinar, attendees will learn:
- The importance of using the Application Checklist;
- How applications are successfully submitted;
- How subawards can be incorporated into an application; and
- How to attach documents.
A question-and-answer session will follow at the end.
The third webinar in this four-part series will explain how the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) grant process works and focus on what applicants should understand when applying for funding. Applying for an OJP grant can be a challenging process, and this webinar will educate participants on the necessary steps a first-time applicant should understand.
In this webinar, attendees will learn: