Forensics Course Buzz
In March, the PFCA asked students and supervisors what they thought about the Forensics Peer & family Support course.
listen to the students!
I collaborate with our justice team on a weekly basis and this course has allowed me to better match our intervention with where the person is in their criminal justice journey.
I find it easy to relate to people I encounter based on their and my life experiences. I feel I have a understanding by listening and remembering to be client-centered because it could be me or one of my loved one's in the same situation. Sometimes agencies seem to forget that we are human and look at us as numbers & statistics to receive funding.
Working with specialty courts I now notice how they perceive our members and if they could be a threat to the community. It helps more because I can share their strengths or things going well for members.
Presently I have had the opportunity to utilize the skills taught but I am currently seeking employment opportunities with MCSO to work in some capacity with their reentry program as I am passionate about peer forensics. I am a bit hesitant as I wanted to polish my skills set and do the train the trainer so I am more adept and can present with more robust confidence when addressing incarcerated populations
I utilize the knowledge in day to day work as we work hand in hand with the justice system teaching our members how to become independent
let’s hear from the supervisors!
Our Peer has a better understanding of the needs of those currently in the justice system and their challenges as they work through the tasks of the re-entry process.
PSS was able to provide increased community resources and information about the different courts to a newly enrolled member.
We met with our local jail and gave them our vision for utilizing peer supports to give rides home to clients, and to connect them with their treatment team.
Due to the recent PFCA Forensics course trainings, our PSS has been able to provide more detailed professional and personal experience. He is able to better relate to people who work in the justice system as well as justice involved members. He is able to relate to both perspectives and offer guidance to either group.