Prof. Stanley: Criminal Justice Professionals Can Help Those Suffering from Trauma - and Get Better Legal Outcomes and More
July 18, 2019
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Debra L. Stanley, professor and executive director of the University of Baltimore's School of Criminal Justice and founder of the Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland, tells The Baltimore Sun that teaching current and future professionals in the field of criminal justice about trauma is an important component of achieving good legal outcomes and encouraging victims to move on to a better life.
UB's trauma-informed certificate, a unique, 12-credit post-baccalaureatec program, is available to those who currently work or plan to work in the criminal justice field. It examines the foundations and manifestations of trauma, the impact of trauma on criminal justice organizations, and its potential resolution through treatment services.
"The root is helping [victims] deal with trauma or a traumatic experience," she tells the Sun. "They can work through it and live a healthy life and be successful and not go back to the criminal justice system.”
Read the article, "Career advancement: Graduate programs providing advanced training for professionals," in the education section of The Baltimore Sun.
A sidebar to the article focuses on J'ara McCoy, who earned UB's trauma-informed certificate from UB last spring and is working on her masters degree in criminal justice at the University.
"We want to be sure the work we do is trauma-informed and we are a trauma-informed agency," McCoy, the anti-trafficking and exploitation coordinator for the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, tells the newspaper.