“The Interrelatedness of Addiction Treatment and the Criminal Justice System”

Brenda Barnwell
Brenda Barnwell
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The workshop will focus on the importance of treatment providers and workers in the criminal justice system developing a strong relationship to increase reciprocal and empathetic understanding. In order to have a successful collaboration the entities must have common goals. Techniques for effective communication between the two systems will be explored.


Brenda J. Barnwell, DSW, LCSW, CADC, MISA I is the Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Social Work and associate professor at Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois.  She teaches advanced clinical courses, as well as research in the MSW and DSW programs.  She began her teaching career in 2007. Her dissertation was titled, Mary Richmond’s Method of Reform for Clinical Social Work and Education for Divorcing Parents: Using History to Improve Current Clinical Social Work Practice in High Conflict Cases.  She has three article publications which were developed from her doctoral work.  The child welfare specialization was created by Ms. Barnwell during her time at Aurora University. She has also served as the coordinator of the Addictions Training Program specialization and the Public Educator’s License with a School Social Work Endorsement specialization.  Ms. Barnwell has maintained a private practice agency, Joi Counseling Center in Yorkville, Illinois, for twenty years where she employs a staff of eight clinicians. Areas of specialization include court appointed mediation and evaluations, play therapy, and substance abuse treatment services.  Prior to returning to AU as a faculty member, Ms. Barnwell was a school social worker for ten years. She provided services for children and adolescents with emotional disturbances.    CONTACT INFORMATION  Brenda J. Barnwell, DSW, LCSW, CADC, MAC, MISA I Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Social Work ORCHARD CENTER, Room 310 Associate Professor 630-947-8933 bbarnwel

Tina J. Varney, MPA, CCJP has worked in the field of Probation and Court Services for more than twenty-four years and is the current Director of Probation and Court Services for Kendall County. During her tenure with Kendall and Kane Counties, Ms. Varney has also served in the following capacities; Juvenile Supervisor, Juvenile Probation Officer, Electronic Home Monitoring Officer, Public Service Work Officer, and Adult Probation Officer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology in 1992 from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 2011 from Governors State University. She is a 2012 graduate of the American Probation and Parole Association’s Leadership Institute and currently serves on the Executive Board of the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association. She is a member in good standing with several professional organizations; American Probation and Parole Association, Illinois Certification Board, Illinois Association of Problem Solving Courts, Illinois Probation and Court Services Association, Kendall County Chiefs of Police, National Association of Drug Court Professionals, National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, and National Association of Probation Executives.