Free Members Workshop
MCA and MACPO Members
Building Rapport While Maintaining Boundaries
with Justice Involved Youth
December 3, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Please join us on December 3rd for this workshop!
Presenters: Melissa McCann, Benjamin Wojcik, and Kari Boser
Registration now open!
This training will focus on successful rapport building with difficult justice involved clients in all settings including chemical dependency treatment, residential settings, prisons, and community based supervision. It will focus on factors such as trauma, cultural differences, familial relationships, and past involvement with authority figures; particularly exploring how these factors can lead to difficulty in building healthy working relationships with our clients both in the community and in residential settings. We will look at the components of healthy rapport building through examples and case study. We will discuss strategies that you can use to build rapport and case study exploration to examine the issues that can arise when working with difficult clients.
BBHT CEU’s pending
Melissa McCann is a Corrections Security Caseworker Career at the MN Department of Corrections. She has worked for the Department of Corrections since 2004. She graduated from Hamline University in 2003 with BA degree in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Psychology. She returned to college to attend Metropolitan State University for alcohol and drug counseling and been a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy since 2008. Melissa was the MN Juvenile Detention Association-MCF-Red Wing Juvenile Detention Worker of the Year in 2006. She is a member of the Minnesota Corrections Association and serves on the board of directors as the chair of the Student Services Committee. Her passion and involvement in corrections has been with the juvenile population, substance abuse and working with chemically dependent youth, training, and staff wellness. This has led her to be involved in many projects; including chemical dependency curriculum development, training, American Corrections Association audits, recruitment coordinator, and working with juveniles for over 15 years. Melissa and her husband both work at the MN Correctional Facility -Red Wing and reside in the Red Wing area.
Benjamin Wojcik works for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. He is a chemical dependency counselor that works with juvenile residents. Ben has worked for the department since 2015, he started as a student worker in the Victim Assistance & Restorative Justice Unit. Ben graduated from Metropolitan State University for alcohol and drug counseling and has been licensed through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy since 2017. After becoming licensed he started working at the adult facility in Faribault in the Chemical Dependency Program where he found a real passion for therapy. Ben then transferred to the Red Wing location to work with the juvenile population. This has led to Ben being involved in many opportunities; including chemical dependency curriculum development, becoming involved in integrated conflict management, becoming a part of The Minnesota Corrections Association and training in a variety of capacities.
Kari Boser is a Corrections Security Caseworker at the MN Department of Corrections. She has been with the DOC since 2013, and has also worked in the capacity of Corrections Officer, and Clinical Program Therapist-Chemical Dependency. Kari has been working in the juvenile justice and chemical dependency fields in a variety of capacities since 2004. Kari graduated from Winona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology. She later attended Century College and obtained a certificate in Chemical Dependency, and became a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy in 2014. Kari is a member of the MN Corrections Association, where she co-chairs the Juvenile Justice Committee, and serves as a member of the Program Committee. Kari is also involved in with recruitment and mentoring of new staff in the DOC and serves on her facility’s Public Relations and Workforce Development Committees.
This event will be free for the first 30 MCA and MACPO Members to register.
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