Forest Students Help with Greene County Teen Court Workshop

Teens sentenced through the Greene County Court will now be participating in a workshop designed by Forest faculty and students. The Family Communication Workshop is designed to help sentenced teens and their families communicate better.

"They must come with at least one parent," said Dr. Kristina Brown who led the development of the workshop with graduate trainees and students Katarina Keller, Kristy Krueger, Jason Malousek, Joy Owens, Gaston Rougeaux-Burnes, and Chris Ward.

The two hour curriculum includes psychoeducation, eperiential activities, and opportunities for the families to practice their new communication skills.

"I really enjoy watching the kids and their parent (or parents) interact and the things they discover," said Jason Malousek. "We have a question that asks the family what they would do if they won a million dollars. One teenager told her mother that she would pay off all of her mom's medical bills before buying anything for herself. It was very touching and the mom was truly surprised at her child's selflessness."

The Family Communication Workshop is provided through Dr. Brown's private practice at the Robert J. Murney Clinic.

Dr. Brown supervises the provision of the workshop which is offered on a bi-monthly basis. Current facilitators for 2012 are Marriage and Family Therapy graduate trainees, Candace Follis, Jason Malousek, Megan Marsh, Gaston Rougeaux-Burnes, Tiffany Ruffin, and Chris Ward.

Below is a mock trial and more information about the teen court provided by Greene County.