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2022 CJAB Conference

"Administering Justice in a Changing World"

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When: April 12-13, 2022

Where: The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College

What: The 2022 CJAB Conference "Administering Justice in a Changing World" will bring together criminal justice, behavioral health, and treatment partners for what promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking one and a half-day event.  We have an exciting line-up of national and local experts who will discuss new and reemerging issues impacting our criminal justice and behavioral health systems, providing innovative strategies and collaborative solutions to meet the challenges ahead.

We are pleased to feature both new and returning plenary speakers this year.  Dr. Stephanie Covington will join us to discuss the growing body of evidence documenting the impact of childhood trauma on health, mental health, addiction, and the risk of criminal-justice involvement in her session entitled "Why Gender Matters:Creating Trauma Services for Justice-involved People".  She will further elaborate on the connection between trauma and addiction in her afternoon breakout session, "Trauma and Addiction: Theories and Strategies for Effective Intervention".  

Dr. Joel Nuñez returns to discuss emerging insights into the physical, cognitive, and psycho-social development of adolescents, moving us beyond trauma-informed care towards healing-centered approaches for justice-involved youth.  He'll begin his discussion in his plenary session "Re-imagining Justice in An Ever-Changing Adolescent World: Beyond Trauma-Informed Care", and reflect on new insights and best practices in his afternoon breakout session, "Reflections on Re-imagining Justice in An Ever-Changing Adolescent World". 

We will also be joined by David Garlock, a formerly incarcerated individual who shares his journey as a survivor of abandonment and abuse to returning citizen and criminal justice reform advocate.  Join us for "David L. Garlock: The Chapters of His Life" where he will discuss the chapters of his life through trauma, prison, and freedom.

In addition to these engaging plenary sessions, we will feature several break-out sessions covering topics such as data driven decision making, gun violence reduction strategies, working with individuals with special needs, collaborative strategies for successful coalition building, community support, and reentry.  We'll also be featuring information on decreasing justice involvement for individuals' behavioral health needs, and more. 

We're thrilled to bring you new and innovative content that promises to promote forward thinking and new strategies as we work toward administering justice in a changing world.

Who: The conference is open to all CJAB members, criminal justice, and behavioral health practitioners.  Plenary and breakout sessions feature universal appeal to all criminal justice and behavioral health professionals, including both introductory level material as well as innovative new concepts.

Please Note: This year's conference will last a full day on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 and a half-day on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, concluding at 12:00 noon.

Continuing Education Credits: This conference has been approved for up to 10.5 National Association of Social Workers continuing education credits and 7 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.  We are awaiting approval on a request for Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) credits.  We will post more information on final credit availability as our applications are reviewed and approved.

Fee: There is no fee to attend.

Cancellation Policy: To ensure that this conference can continue to be free for attendees, PCCD asks that registrants make every effort to notify us of changes in availability or cancellation as soon as possible.

Hotel Accommodations: For overnight accommodations, please visit The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center or contact 1-814-863-5000 and utilize the booking code CJAB22ADeadline for the discounted room rate of $125.00 is Friday, March 18, 2022.  Conference attendees are encouraged to check the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center website for guidance on COVID-19 mitigation protocols.

Registration is now closed.

Agendas: Tuesday, April 12, 2022

                   Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Sessions Descriptions: April 12-13, 2022

We hope to see you at the 2022 CJAB Conference, "Administering Justice in a Changing World".  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Jackie Weaknecht at