Providers Working with Justice-system Involved Families

Free Live Online Workshop

Julie Poehlmann, Ph.D, Shayla Collins

About this Event

This workshop is offered to providers who work with incarcerated or formerly incarcerated parents or the alternate caregivers of children with incarcerated parents.

Research shows that parental incarceration has significant adverse impact on and intergenerational consequences for children and families. In this workshop, providers working with justice-system involved families will hear from parents and providers about what families need, from researchers about the latest findings on the impact of parental incarceration on children, and the implications of that research for what we can do better. In addition, providers working with justice-system involved families can experience significant stress, burnout, and secondary trauma. This workshop will offer some tools for supporting provider well-being, as well.

The workshop includes:

Panel Discussion: Hear from parents who have experienced incarceration and a provider who works with them to learn their perspectives on what families need.

Panelists: Tara McElravy and Nicholas P. Rankin

Presentations by:

Julie PoehlmannChildren with parents in the criminal legal system: Research updates and how to help.
By the time they are 14 years old, more than 5 million children in the U.S. have experienced a resident parent leaving for jail or prison, and millions more have had a parent arrested or on probation or parole. This presentation will provide research updates on what we know about children with parents in the criminal legal system–especially incarcerated parents. It will also provide suggestions regarding what professionals and family members can do to help.

Shayla CollinsSelf-compassion for providers working with families.
In this presentation, we will offer providers with tools for supporting their emotional well-being and managing stress.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

All participants and presenters will receive a certificate of completion and will be eligible to receive up to 3.5 CEUs. Our CEUs are available for licensed psychologistsmarriage and family therapistsmental health counselors, and social workers in Washington State. We cannot guarantee that these CEUs will be accepted in other states.


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About the Presenters

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Julie Poehlmann, Ph.D

I am a child clinical psychologist who studies child and family health disparities and well-being from an interdisciplinary perspective. The purpose of my work is to facilitate social justice for young children and their families and to understand and promote resilience processes while decreasing risk and trauma exposure. To do this, I study the health and social, emotional, and cognitive development of high-risk infants and young children and their families, including children with incarcerated parents, children raised by their grandparents, and children born preterm, including examining the intergenerational transmission of risk, trauma, resilience, and healing. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods in my work, especially observational methods that focus on young children and families in their natural contexts as well as physiological measures. I also design and evaluate interventions for children and their parents, including interdisciplinary multimodal interventions that can be used in the criminal justice system and contemplative practices aimed at decreasing stress and increasing well-being in children and families.

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Shayla Collins

Shayla designs and leads CCFW mindfulness and compassion programs for providers working with children and youth. She also supports the implementation of mindfulness-based programs for parents.

Prior to officially joining CCFW, Shayla was a contract facilitator in CCFW’s REAL Pro offerings with community partners. She is also a parent facilitator on Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Odessa Brown Children’s Center Mindfulness & Compassion Program Team offering mindfulness to parents throughout the King County Area. She also co-facilitates sessions with individuals who have interfaced with the criminal justice system through Progress House. As a member of the Board of the Arc of King County and Guided Pathways she vigorously advocates for people from all walks of life.

Shayla is a certified National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Family 2 Family instructor and has been trained in the Finding Calm curriculum, a mindfulness and self-compassion program for new parents. Shayla Collins is a born and raised Seattleite and the mother of two boys.