Working with Justice-Involved Individuals (Self-Study)



You say you want to help “them.” Yet, you do not attend the training needed to get the required skills to truly help them. When you say you want to help them, what do you then mean by that? Do you mean you want to make yourself feel better that you trick yourself into doing something? How is it that you are truly helping them? What type of life do they really have? What does ”helping” them really mean?

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The system has been going from one form of slavery to the next. From slavery to Jim Crow. From Jim Crow to mass incarceration. From mass incarceration to a criminal background. And from a criminal background to dependence and psychological slavery. Might you be contributing to one of these forms while thinking you have been helping these clients? Awareness is power. Come and empower yourself to learn how to truly help your clients instead of hurting them, unknowingly.

What will you learn from this seminar?

  1. Discover the real reason why individuals become justice-involved.
  2. Learn the factors that lead to recidivism and how to manage them.
  3. Learn how to help justice-involved individuals during the post-COVID reentry era.
  4. Increase your tools of talking with patients and clients, by identifying at least one thing you will start doing differently at the end of the seminar, as a result of the Socratic Motivational Practice framework.

During this 2-hour seminar, we will guide you through an experiential learning process where you will be learning what it takes to help your clients, and how to implement that in daily practice

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Who is this for?

This course is for any clinician invested in learning new or honing existing skills to be able to use in dynamic ways to support their patients and clients and to end suffering.


This course is eligible for 2 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASACs), and Psychologists in New York State

For more information about CEU approval, please click here.

Format: Self-Study Online Seminar

Here's what attendees have been saying about SWEET seminars:

“The webinar provides relevant information how to work effectively with justice-involved individuals.” - Doritt , LMHC

“I work in a school setting and feel that it is important we understand the criteria of diagnosis to help design a community that feels safe to our youth. Especially considering we work with youth who have been justice-involved. Many of the youth we serve come from communities that are overexposed to traumatic events both directly and indirectly.” - Noemi, LCSW

“Applicable for individuals in and outside the criminal justice system.” - Sarah, LCSW

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Your Facilitator and Co-Facilitator

Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW
Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW

Mardoche Sidor, MD is a quadruple board certified psychiatrist, with board certifications in Psychiatry and Neurology (General Adult Psychiatry), Child and Adolescent, Addiction, and Forensic, Psychiatry. He has training in public and community psychiatry, psychopharmacology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He also has training in Motivational Interviewing, psychodynamic psychotherapy, play therapy, and family and couples therapy. He has clinical, teaching, and supervision experience; he has mentorship, coaching, and management, skills; and he has experience as a primary care physician, in public speaking and writing. Dr. Sidor also has skills in leadership, research, program development and project management. His overall goal is to help all health professionals, throughout the United States and globally, access the tools they need to feel empowered to provide excellent patient care while also promoting their own self-care and burnout prevention. He is the main facilitator for the SWEET Institute, and he is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University.Dr. Sidor was recently the Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for CASES (Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services) where he continues to provide psychiatric care. He speaks and writes fluently in four (4) languages—French, English, Spanish, and Creole, with intermediate proficiency in Portuguese and Italian.

Karen Dubin-McKnight, PhD, LCSW, has wide clinical, teaching, supervision and mentorship experience that spans 18 years. She also has a vast experience working in the criminal justice system, in community mental health, in teaching, and in management. Her added passion is in education, coaching, public relations, and mediation. Her goal is to ensure that social workers and other non-medical practitioners feel empowered and have a voice “at the table.” Dr. Dubin-McKnight is the co-facilitator for the SWEET Institute. She was most recently the Court Operations Director at CASES. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work and Adelphi University School of Social Work. She is also a trainer at the CUCS Academy, and Howie T. Harp. She has a private practice for people impacted by workplace trauma and also provides clinical supervision.

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