National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women Newsletter
The National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW) provides guidance and support to justice professionals - and promotes evidence-based, gender-responsive policies and practices – to reduce the number and improve the outcomes of women involved in the criminal justice system.
The NRCJIW is Now on Social Media!
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Book Available for Pre-Order: Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women behind Bars
In her upcoming book, Dr. Carolyn Sufrin, a medical anthropologist and an obstetrician-gynecologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, shares her anthropological research and clinical experiences of pregnant women in the San Francisco jail and the jail staff and health providers who care for them. The author explores how care and maternal identify emerge within jails and argues that - when understood in the context of the poverty, addiction, violence, and racial oppression that characterizes women’s lives and their reproduction - jail can become a safety net for women on the margins of society.
Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black says this: “Jailcare is a moving and galvanizing story of pregnant women in jail and those responsible for their health... it is essential reading for anyone who cares about women, children, and justice."
The book hits store shelves on June 6. To read reviews and pre-order your copy, visit: https://www.jailcare.org/. A book release event is also scheduled for June 6 at 6-8 pm at the Potter’s House in Washington DC.
May is National Military Appreciation Month
The percentage of women serving in the military is growing. Today, almost 15% of the individuals actively serving in the United States Armed Forces are women. In 2009, women comprised 8% of the total veteran population in the United States. An increase in the number of women veterans is expected to continue—the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs projects that the female veteran population will increase by an additional 10% from 2010-2020.
Learn more about the needs of women veterans in the criminal justice system from the NRCJIW’s Responding to the Needs of Women Veterans Involved in the Criminal Justice System by clicking here.
Register soon for the National Covington Curriculum Conference, scheduled for June 6-8, 2017 in Groton, Connecticut
Deepen your understanding of gender-responsive and trauma-informed care at this national conference. Learn more about the Stephanie Covington’s programs that respond to the unique needs of women, men, and girls in the fields of behavioral health, addiction, mental health, trauma treatment, and criminal justice. Curricula featured include: Voices, Helping Women Recover, Helping Men Recover, Beyond Anger and Violence and Beyond Trauma. For more information and to register visit: www.covingtonconference.com.
SAMHSA Relationships Matter! Webinar Series: Webinar Recordings Available
Relationships Matter! is a webinar series on women's behavioral health that explores the role of relationships in the lives of women experiencing mental health and substance use issues. Relationships Matter! showcases the role that relationships play and offers concrete strategies to help women and girls understand, develop, mend, and maintain healthy relationships. The material presented aims to improve behavioral health services by preparing the workforce to better understand the pitfalls, promise, and power of relationships in women and girls’ mental health and substance use services.
Learn what professionals need to know about the role of relationships in the lives of women with mental health and substance use issues.
Being Real: The Power of Authentic Therapeutic Relationships in Women’s Services
- This webinar looks at the therapeutic relationships that help women engage in services and recovery. Learn why relationships matter, how to build trust and rapport, what strategies help define and create therapeutic alliance, and more. View the Webinar Recording here.
#RelationshipGoals: Significant Others in Women’s Recovery
- Women’s substance use and mental health issues do not exist in isolation; women’s relationships and partners may facilitate or derail the recovery process. This webinar will explore the impact of behavioral health conditions on significant relationships; interventions that support positive outcomes for women, their partners, and their families; and considerations in service planning. View the Webinar Recording here.
Finding Her Tribe: Women’s Relationships with Peers and Community
- Recovery does not occur in isolation; as women heal, they connect or reconnect with others and community agencies. This webinar looks at the importance of inclusion and community relationship to women’s health and well-being. Topics include social inclusion, sense of community belonging and meaningful purpose, peer supports, mutual help and recovery communities, and others. View the Webinar Recording here.
Motherhood: What It Means for Women’s Recovery
- This webinar will discuss interventions and supports available to support women as mothers, along with the importance of support for women who choose not to parent. Learn more about using motherhood as a pivot point to access help in substance use and mental health, incorporating family-centered approaches for women with behavioral health disorders and their children, meeting the needs of complex families, and more. View the Webinar Recording here.
For more information and resources on these webinars (presenter names, slides, transcripts, etc.) and information on an upcoming August webinar, Complex Connections: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Women’s Substance Use and Recovery, visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/women-children-families/trainings/relationships-matter