Early career professional face a unique set of ethical risks associated with working in forensic settings with minimal experience. In the breakout session, “Ethical Dilemmas of Early Career Professionals in Corrections,” Jodi Cerney, Jessica Schumacher and Clair Hunter, with Sharper Future, will address major ethical concerns of cadets, newly hired correctional officers, students, trainees and clinicians. Discussion will include boundaries, supervision, training, continuing education, self-care, time management and institutional procedures. Sharper Future is a private-sector mental health service provider based in Sacramento, California, specializing in the assessment and treatment of forensic populations and others with behavioral and mental health issues. SHARPER is an acronym standing for “Social Habilitation And Relapse Prevention- Expert Resources” – a brief way of describing the treatment work the company provides. In this workshop, Cerney, Schumacher and Hunter will help you apply codes of ethical and professional conduct to ensure the provision of comprehensive correctional supervision and clinical treatment.
Jodi Cerney is a doctoral candidate of clinical psychology at Alliant International University. She has forensic training experience in a variety of settings including adolescent residential treatment, the Department of State Hospitals, and sex offender treatment, conducting supervised treatment and assessment for adolescents and adults on probation, parole, or in custody. Cerney also has additional clinical training experience in early education, high school special education, and private practice, conducting supervised treatment and assessment for children and adults identified as being disabled or having behavioral issues. She has presented at local and international conferences as a research assistant on the topic of child and parental attachment. Cerney holds an Associate Practitioner designation from the California Sex Offender Management Board and is a registered psychological assistant with the California Board of Psychology.
Jessica Schumacher is a doctoral candidate of clinical psychology at Alliant International University. She has provided clinical and forensic care in various settings including educational institutions, inpatient units and outpatient clinics. She is certified by the California Sex Offender Management Board as an associate practitioner and is currently training as a forensic clinician practicum intern with Sharper Future, where she conducts regular forensic assessments, facilitates group and individual therapy with adult sex offenders, and closely works with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation parole agents. Schumacher is currently conducting research on public perceptions of sexual offenders when several variables are manipulated simultaneously, such as gender and age, while controlling for socially desirable responding. Previously, she has presented at local conferences as a research assistant on topics related to resiliency and post-deployment functioning in combat veterans, as well as training and clinical experiences in psychological tele-supervision.
Clair Hunter is a doctoral candidate of clinical psychology at Alliant International University. She has diverse clinical and forensic training experience in a variety of institutions, including educational settings and outpatient clinics. In addition to providing intellectual assessments and intervention to juveniles within the Sacramento Unified School District, she is currently working as a practicum intern with Sharper Future. Within this sex offender outpatient clinic, her responsibilities include facilitating group and individual sessions with mental health, non-high-risk and high-risk clients as well as working directly with parole agents to safeguard client and public safety. Hunter is currently conducting research on societal perceptions of mentally ill offenders and how personal demographics and personality traits may impact public views of punishment or rehabilitation for mentally ill criminal offenders. She currently holds an apprentice practitioner designation from the California Sex Offender Management Board.