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2012 Nevada Specialty Court Conference (J, CS)

November 14 - 16, 2012

Welcome to the Specialty Court 2012 Conference online conference material resources. These select resources are made available as individual self-paced self-study and are listed in alphabetical order. Only those education sessions with conference materials are included.

Showcase of Nevada Programs

Session Description: This session will focus on two of Nevada's unique specialty court programs, the Second Judicial District Veterans Treatment Court and Las Vegas Municipal YO Court. Judges Breen and Kerns will provide information about their respective programs and how the programs are funded.

Ms. Shelia Leslie, Specialty Courts Manager, Second Judicial District Court (Moderator)
The Honorable Peter I. Breen (Ret.), Veterans Treatment Court, Second Judicial District Court
The Honorable Cedric A. Kerns, YO Court, Las Vegas Municipal Court
Mr. Peter Quigley C.A.D.C., Veteran's Justice Outreach Specialist, Veteran's Administration Southern Nevada Healthcare System (VASNHS), U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs
Ms. Julie Vann, Specialty Courts Officer, Veterans Treatment Court, Second Judicial District Court

Session Resources:
A Veteran's Death, the Nation's Shame
Establishing a Nexus Between Military Experience and the Current Crime
NRS 176A.280 - Establishment of a Veterans Court
NRS 176A.285 - Transfer of Jurisdiction
NRS 176A.290 - Conditions and Limitations
NRS 176A.295 - Sealing of Records
Veterans Court Referral Form
VISN Coverage for Veteran Justice Outreach
Veterans Court Presentation
Youth Offender Court

Booze, Blunts, Brains, and Behavior: The Psychopharmacology of Addiction

Session Description: This eye opening presentation will provide participants with the latest information regarding how our brains really look on drugs. The mystery surrounding how and why some people get addicted and some do not will be uncovered. The truth about how all mood-altering chemicals work will be explored through images and easy-to-grasp illustrations. Participants will leave the session with a clear understanding of how substance abuse changes the brain in fundamental and long-lasting ways and how these changes explain addictive and related criminal behavior. A brand new definition of addiction will be unveiled and its considerable implications discussed.

Faculty: Terrence D. Walton, M.S.W., Director of Treatment, Pretrial Services Agency for District of Columbia (PSA)

Session Resources: Download Presentation

Team Building for Problem-Solving Courts

Session Description: This session will cover the basic information that any team player needs to operate successfully, how people work together and the roles that support or hinder team work, and the natural development of a team as well as the teams' response to new team members. Also during this session, participants will take an inventory which identifies their specific learning styles and includes tips on how to work with other team members with divergent learning styles. This session will also address basics of interpersonal communication and communication filters in terms of how our filters interfere with effective communication. This session will conclude with a discussion of strategies to manage conflict within the team, processes to identify and solve problems, and finally, how the team needs to manage change.

Faculty: Janiece E. Siegerist, B.S., M.S., Chief Executive Officer, National Assessment & Development Services

Session Resources:
Download Presentation, Download Assessment

When Sanctions Don't Work: Responding to Addiction-Driven Non-Compliance

Session Description: This presentation will uncover the theories underlying incentives and sanctions in problem-solving courts and suggest strategies for using these powerful tools to effectively influence participant behavior. Special emphasis will be given to distinguishing between addictive behaviors and deliberate misconduct, as well as suggesting when and how to respond differentially to both. Practical suggestions choosing effective incentives that don’t break the bank will be outlined. Finally, this session will describe when sanctions don’t work and how sanctioning not working can sometimes be a benefit in the treatment process.

Faculty: Terrence D. Walton, M.S.W., Director of Treatment, Pretrial Services Agency for District of Columbia (PSA)

Session Resources: Download Presentation

Medicated Assisted Treatment

Session Description: Advances in medicine, science, and technology over the past forty years have produced a number of medications that, when combined with accurate screening, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, monitoring, and evidence based psychosocial treatment interventions, have improved the outcomes of addiction treatment. Drug Courts and related specialty court programs have also demonstrated improved retention and positive outcomes. Yet there has been a resistance to embrace the use of effective medications. This session will explore the benefits of utilizing pharmacologic interventions within the Drug Court model to achieve maximum outcome potential. Mistaken beliefs related to the use of medications in addiction treatment will be addressed as well as the safety and efficacy of the medications such as Antabuse, Vivitrol, Campral, Methadone, Suboxone, and Topromax.

Faculty: Paul D. Cassidy, M.S.W., LCSW, CAP, Chief Operating Officer, Access Recovery Solutions, LLC

Session Resources: Download Presentation

The Salt and Spice of the 21st Century

Session Description: The substances being abused to obtain a "high" remained fairly constant for numerous years and typically included methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin. During the last few years, many new products, including "Spice", "Bath Salts", and other "designer drugs", have become popular and are readily available because many of the psychoactive substances in these products are not specifically controlled. The prevalence of such materials has been well documented in numerous news stories, many reporting the harmful and sometimes deadly effects associated with their use. The problems presented by these changes in substance abuse are being experienced across the United States and the world. Most states and many countries have adopted regulations or laws in an effort to decrease the use of “Bath Salts” and “Spice” products. Contrary to common inference, regulation and laboratory analysis can present challenges that may be difficult to overcome for various reasons including the number of similar yet different compounds that exist, the ability of the market to quickly respond to legal changes, and the availability of reference materials needed to effect laboratory identification. Education and knowledge are critical to understanding the new substances being abused and to effectively reduce the problems associated with them; however, misleading and incorrect information exists and must be addressed. This session will include current trends, legal status, and effects of these new substances.

Faculty: Sergeant Bill J. Ames M.P.A., Special Operations Division, and Ms. Diane M. Machen, Criminalist, Washoe County Sheriff's Department

Session Resources: Download Presentation

Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities

Session Description: This session will provide both the social service providers and the community members key lessons in dealing with individuals from poverty. Topics include increasing awareness of the differences in economic cultures and how those differences affect opportunities for success. This session is based on the book Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities, a collaboration between Dr. Ruby Payne, Phillip DeVol, and Terie Dreussi Smith.

Faculty: Terie Dreussi-Smith, M.A. Ed., Consultant, Aha Process, Inc.

Session Resources: Download Presentation

Best Practices

Session Description: After this session, attendees will be able to discuss the latest research findings on the treatment and supervision practices that are associated with more effective and cost-effective outcomes in drug courts.

Faculty: Douglas B. Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D., Chief of Science, Policy & Law, National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)

Session Resources: Download Presentation

These resources do not necessarily reflect the views of the Supreme Court of Nevada, the Administrative Office of the Courts, or Judicial Education nor provide any warranties as to the currency and accuracy of the information in these works. Users are re-minded to check the subsequent changes to rules of court and statutes cited in the works before relying on them. Questions regarding a specific education session should be directed to the faculty of that session. These resources are provided for the personal non-commercial use of court employees and may not be used for any other purpose without the written permission of the Specialty Court Program or Judicial Education.