Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Certification


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This certification is designed to equip professionals in the behavioral health and human services field with an advanced understanding of neurocriminology and its implications for interviewing, screening, and treatment of individuals involved in the criminal justice system. 


Neurocriminology, a groundbreaking interdisciplinary field, delves into the intricate relationship between brain function, behavior, and criminal tendencies. By bridging the gap between neuroscience and criminology, this program offers a unique opportunity for professionals to elevate their expertise and effectively address the complexities of working with those who engage in anti-social and dangerous behaviors. 


This certification offers an integration of behavioral and mental health approaches with the criminal justice context. Learn to apply core counseling techniques, therapeutic modalities, and intervention strategies tailored to the unique needs of criminal justice-involved individuals. 


Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a Criminal Justice Behavioral Health Certification from the People Incorporated Training Institute, a testament to their advanced learning in applying neuroscientific insights to criminal justice practices. Participants will be empowered to drive positive change within their respective fields, fostering safer communities and more effective rehabilitation strategies for individuals in need.




Given the limited space available, those who are interested in attending must complete an application. If you cannot commit to fully attending the entire series (including both the in-person and virtual sessions), we ask that you refrain from submitting an application so that space will remain open for others. 


Applications are due September 5, 2023. Please click on the "REGISTER" button at the top of this page to complete the application. Confirmation of acceptance into the course will be sent to those who qualify shortly after the September 5 application deadline.




  • Participants are required to attend all sessions, including the in-person sessions in Eagan, MN.
  • Participants must be prepared for all virtual sessions by having a working camera, a working microphone, and must be located in an appropriate learning environment for the duration of the session (please do NOT drive while participating in virtual sessions).
  • Please notify the event organizers ([email protected]) as soon as possible if you've submitted an application but can no longer participate in all sessions. This will allow us to admit another applicant prior to the start of the series.




Please ensure you are available on the following dates before applying. 


More information, including session descriptions and learning objectives, can be found on the training landing page.






Understanding Trauma & Trauma-Informed Practices

Sept. 29, 2023

8:45 AM–12:00 PM CT

In-person (Eagan, MN)

Neurocriminology: Introduction and Overview

Oct. 6, 2023

9:45 AM–12:00 PM CT

Live Online

Forensic Mental Health Counseling: Introduction and Overview

Oct.13, 2023

9:45 AM–12:00 PM CT

Live Online

Forensic Mental Health Counseling: A Neurocounseling Perspective

Oct. 20, 2023

9:45 AM–12:00 PM CT

Live Online

Culturally Responsive Practices

Oct. 27, 2023

8:45 AM–12:00 PM CT

In-person (Eagan, MN)

Forensic Mental Health Counseling: Prenatal Trauma, Early Life Adversity, and Attachment Dysfunction

Nov. 3, 2023

9:45 AM–12:00 PM CT

Live Online

Forensic Mental Health Counseling: Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

Nov. 10, 2023

9:45 AM–12:00 PM CT

Live Online

Criminal Recidivism: A Neurocriminological Perspective

Nov. 17, 2023

9:45 AM–12:00 PM CT

Live Online

Boundaries & Self-Disclosure

Dec. 1, 2023

9:45 AM–12:00 PM CT

Live Online

Motivational Interviewing

Dec. 8, 2023

8:45 AM–12:00 PM CT

In-person (Eagan, MN)




Participants who fully attend each session in this series will be eligible to receive up to 23 continuing education (CE) hours accredited by the MN Board of Social Work. CE certificates will be distributed by the hosting agency, People Incorporated.  




Please contact the event organizers via email at [email protected].




Warren DuncanWarren Duncan, BS, has had various roles throughout his career working with households experiencing homelessness and multiple barriers to stable housing. He has worked as direct support staff on mobile teams in Permanent Supportive Housing program across the metro area, assisted in outreach efforts for program participants living on the streets and in shelter, provided outreach to property managers and landlords, connecting them to support services in metro and greater Minnesota communities. He has worked to provide support to a network of supportive housing programs and community organizing among County, State, and local community agencies in Southern and Central Minnesota. He is currently overseeing all programming as Program Director for a Minnesota Nonprofit. Warren enjoys facilitating workshops and has led a number of training sessions. Topics include Building Landlord Relationships, Housing First, Harm Reduction, Navigating Conflict, De-escalation, and Mindfulness. Warren grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and moved to Minnesota shortly after graduating from Iowa State University. He currently lives with his family in the Twin Cities western suburbs. He enjoys drawing, painting, and photography in his spare time.


Russ TurnerRuss Turner, MA, Director of the People Incorporated Training Institute has written and taught thousands of hours of person-centered curriculum to help people become more effective helpers, communicators, and leaders. His audience includes workers and leaders across a wide range of organizations from human services, healthcare, and libraries, to law enforcement and corrections. He trains trainers, works with management, and has consulted and coached on training projects across multiple sectors of the economy. He has worked as an educator for three decades in a variety of countries and settings including Japan, the Czech Republic, and the UK. His teaching philosophy is that adults learn best when they are challenged, the material is applicable to work situations, and sessions are interactive and engaging.




Jerrod BrownJerrod Brown, PhD, MA, MS, is a professor, trainer, researcher, and consultant with many years of experience teaching collegiate courses. Jerrod is also the founder and CEO of the American Institutefor the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS).






Raymond YoungRaymond Young, CPS, BA, has 15 years of experience training diverse groups of adult, youth, and adolescent learners prior to joining the Training Institute at People Incorporated Mental Health Services. He has trained mental health workers, police officers, transportation professionals, business partners, and clients. Ray received his certification as a Certified Peer Specialist from the Minnesota Department of Human Services in 2017 and has since worked with individuals with various mental health conditions and behavioral health concerns. He has also studied Drug and Alcohol Counseling. Ray has a passion for working with youth in Youth Leadership Programs and as a mentor in the community.






This training is provided by our valued partners at the People Incorporated Training Institute.

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The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Starts: Sep 29, 2023 8:45 am
Ends: Dec 8, 2023 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
September 5, 2023
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