"VR and Ex-Offenders" Class Two Session
Date(s): March 25, 26, 27 & 28,
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Central
CRC Credit: 4
Class DescriptionThis is the second course in a 2 part series of classes on VR and Ex-offenders. Each webinar Class comprise 4 hours of online presentation and discussion. The first is scheduled for February and the second is scheduled for March. In addition to the 8 classes, the trainers will host a follow-up conference call with participants on Friday March 29, 2013 at 8:30am to 9:30am. The purpose of the follow-up conference call is to provide a forum for questions that may arise after the classes, as participants implement any newly learned material from the classes. The University of Arkansas Currents will provide a conference call line for this follow-up session. The first course will cover the following topics: Walking in Their Shoes” - characteristics, needs and views of justice involved individuals; acquiring “a record” and its impacts. Facts & myths – behavioral disabilities & violence, recidivism and desistence What’s known about their - finding employment / staying in the workforce / recovery. Job readiness, “signaling” behaviors and successful placement. The second course will cover the following topics: Understanding the Criminal Justice system – working with the various legal players. Beyond bonding & tax credits-Using the new EEOC rules & other developments to engage Employers. Job readiness, “signaling” behaviors and successful placement. Overcoming employment barriers – handling job applications and interviews. Increasing job retention - programs and practices.
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John Rio, M.A., CRC
A Senior Program Associate at Advocates for Human Potential, Mr. Rio co-directed the Chronic Homelessness Employment Technical Assistance Center (CHETA) supported by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). He currently leads AHP contract work for the DOL’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and consults to the DOL Women’s Bureau project on promising practices for homeless women veterans. With more than 30 years of experience in rehabilitation and recovery services, supportive housing, and homeless assistance services, he also provides technical assistance supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and SAMHSA. Before joining AHP, he was a senior staff member of the Corporation for Supportive Housing where he directed national supportive services initiatives and worked on public policies related permanent supportive housing for homeless people with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disabilities as well as histories of incarceration.
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