Honoring Women:

A Model for Gender-Specific Specialized Dockets

September 14, 2022 - 12:00-1:30 PM EST


The New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), and the New England Association of Recovery Court Professionals (NEARCP), are hosting a new webinar for criminal justice professionals. In the last forty years, the number of incarcerated adult women increased by more than 475%.  A woman-focused specialized docket provides an opportunity to acknowledge that participants in the criminal justice system bear gender-specific needs, responsibilities, and concerns while addressing the trauma pervasive among women affected by substance use disorder. This program will focus on the gender-based predictors of and patterns and pathways into substance misuse and the criminal justice system and address the specific treatment, trauma, relationship, familial responsibility, physical and mental health, and economic circumstances of women that must be appropriately addressed during drug court participation. The program will conclude with the processes, personnel, and programs necessary to build a successful gender-specific specialized docket. 

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Meet the Presenters

KATE HUFFMAN has been a General Division Judge since 2002. She currently presides over the Montgomery County RISE (Recovery Is Empowering) Court, which provides specialized supervision of female offenders struggling with substance use disorder, and previously presided over the court’s Drug Court. Judge Huffman received her B.A. in political science from Wright State University and her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law, graduating summa cum laude from each institution. In 2015 Judge Huffman received an M.A. in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada and received a Certificate in Judicial Development General Jurisdiction Trial Skills and a Certificate in Judicial Development Dispute Resolution Skills from the National Judicial College.  Read More...

Hon. Kate Huffman,


Dr. Kara E. A. Marciani PSY.D., ABPP

DR. KARA E.A. MARCIANI earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University in 2001. She then became licensed as a psychologist in the state of Ohio in 2003. In 2009, Dr. Marciani was certified as a Diplomate (specialist) in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology/American Board of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Marciani presently is the Director of Forensic Services at the Forensic Psychiatry Center for Western Ohio, a division of Eastway Behavioral Healthcare (Eastway), located in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Marciani also serves as the Forensic Monitor for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health boards for: Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin counties; Clark Greene, and Madison counties; Preble County; Putnam County; and Van Wert, Mercer, and Paulding counties. Read More...


Christine McKenna


NEARCP Board of Directors member

since 2015

Director, Rockingham County Drug Treatment Court – NH

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This webinar has been approved by the New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center, as a National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Approved Education Provider, for 1.5 educational credit (CE), NAADAC Provider #62652.

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This webinar is FREE

to all NEARCP members.