The Yellow Ribbon Conference is an opportunity for networking, collaboration, and exchange of knowledge with experts, officers, researchers, and practitioners in corrections and prisons. The theme of the conference emphasises the notion that the process of change for offenders is a multi-prong rehabilitation and reintegration effort that involves not only the offenders themselves, but officers, systems, and the community. The conference tracks for YRC 2018 (which will be streamlined further after the call for papers) include:
|6 Sept (Thu)||7 Sept (Fri)||8 Sept (Sat)|
You will need to submit the following in your paper submission page: Title of presentation, presentation type, biography information, abstract and main points of the paper.
Once your paper submission details are received by the YRC 2018 committee, it will be reviewed. The conference organizer reserves the right to make the final decision with regards to the selection of submissions and presentations. The YRC committee will inform you of the status within two weeks.
Once your paper is accepted, you may proceed to register for the conference. As there are limited spaces, you are encouraged to register early and to sign up for the other YR activities like the YR Prison Run.
In 2017 Iceland received word-wide attention for having dramatically reversed the course of teenage substance abuse. From 1998 to 2018, the percentage of 15-16-year-old Icelandic youth who were drunk in the past 30 days declined from 42% to 5%; daily cigarette smoking dropped from 23% to 3%; and having used cannabis one or more times fell from 17% to 5%. The core elements of the model are: 1) long-term commitment by local communities; 2) emphasis on environmental rather than individual change;Read More
Harvey Milkman, PhD is Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is Visiting Professor at Reykjavik University, Iceland (2015 – present). In January 2019 he begins a 3-month Fulbright Scholar Award at Reykjavik University teaching classes on Addictive Behaviours, conducting research and delivering seminars on the Iceland Prevention Model. On March 10, 2017 Dr. Milkman was the featured guest on National Public Radio (NPR) “Here and Now.” How an American Helped Iceland Fix Its Teen Substance Abuse Problem.Read More
This presentation will discuss the need to co-ordinate the assessment processes completed on offenders across prison and parole settings. This is of particular importance in terms of the identification of dynamic assessment areas both in terms of changeable risk factors and possible protective assets.Read More
Nick Wilson, PhD., PG Dip. Psych. (Clinical) has been working as a Clinical Psychologist for the Department of Corrections in New Zealand for the last twenty-one years. His current substantive role is as Principal Advisor, Psychological Research working for the Office of the Chief Psychologist with responsibility for the provision of specialist training and research in the area of risk assessment and offender management and treatment.Read More
Theoretical foundations and research evidence is presented for development and implementation of adolescent-focused treatment programming. Included are discussions of risk and resiliency factors that mediate problem behaviours; mental health factors associated with deviant activity; bio/psycho/social underpinnings of substance abuse and crime; the action of alcohol or other drugs on the developing adolescent brain; factors that predict adolescent-limited and life-course-persistent patterns of criminal involvement; gender differences and treatment implications for juvenile-justice clients; treatment enhancement through cultural mindfulness; perspectives on assessing risk and resiliency for screening; in-depth treatment planning; and outcome assessment.
Implementation and operational procedures for delivery of an adolescent focused, cognitive-behavioural, individual or group treatment curriculum are provided.Read More
This workshop is designed for staff involved in assessment, management or tasked with the delivery of treatment, as well as those in need of a refresher on the issues of transference and counter-transference in interacting with offenders. After a general discussion of the challenging Corrections environment in which we work, the workshop will provide information on how to identify and recognize offender attempts to manipulate us and how to identify and recognize destructive staff divisions that undermine effective practice. The interactive presentation will also seek to raise an awareness of the interpersonal influences that can affect our work and to look at effective approaches to manage professional boundaries with a focus on establishing and maintaining a working alliance. The overall aim of the workshop is to normalize manipulation, no matter how long you have worked with offenders or your level of clinical skills, so we can continue to work safely with manipulation rather than seeking to deny or avoid dynamic offender contact. There will be some specific material on personality pathology and transference management and skills to manage these challenges to provide effective practice.
The target audience includes prison officers, supervision officers, psychologists, counsellors, and case workers who work closely with offenders in intervention and supervision in prison and community.