ARC Clinical Director Kryston Noble-Hartzler and Primary Counselor Yvonne Riege have been invited to make a presentation at the annual Justice Services Conference in Indianapolis. The conference is slated to be held May 9 through May 11, 2018.
Noble-Hartzler and Riege will focus on the use of games as a therapeutic tool in treating persons with substance abuse and dependence issues. The presentation will include hands-on innovative material regarding how implementing games into the treatment curriculum can be used with criminal justice and other populations to improve treatment services.
Over the last five years, Riege has augmented her standard curriculum by having clients participate in various games as they consider introspective questions tied to the session topic. The use of games has resulted in increased participation, insight, and improved relational connection to their facilitator. Program participants have regularly provided positive feedback regarding the use of games once they have completed services.
This is the second time in the past three years ARC has conducted an educational session pertaining to the use of games, the former being at an event in Lexington, Kentucky in 2016.
The Justice Services Conference is being sponsored by the Indiana Office of Court Services (IOCS), which was established by the Indiana Supreme Court in 2016 as part of an administrative reorganization of state-level judicial branch offices. The IOCS was created to carry out the statutory responsibilities of the Indiana Judicial Center, the Division of State Court Administration and the Interstate Compact. The conference is a combined meeting for probation officers, Alcohol and Drug Program leaders as well as Problem-Solving Court leaders.
ARC is appreciative of this opportunity and was selected after submitting a proposal that identified the content and learning objectives of the presentation.