From Chaos to Calm


Tuesday, February 7, 2023
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Session Type: Workshop

Yoga and mindfulness for the juvenile probation population has provided an opportunity for youth to manage impulse control and traumatic stressors. By using the techniques gained through yoga and mindfulness therapy clients are displaying a sense of relief.


Joseph Budnick
Chief Probation Officer, NE Supreme Court Office of Probation Administration

Joe Budnick has over 30 years of experience working in the field of probation in the State of Nebraska, serving as the Chief of District 10 Probation since 2012. Joe was the serving Chief Probation Officer guiding the transformation in his district through the legislative expansion of LB 561, bringing juveniles under the purview of probation, and LB 605, expanding probation’s role in supervising adults being released onto post-release supervision. Joe is an active member of the American Probation and Parole Association and has served on the IT Committee since 2013. Joe also currently serves on the Nebraska Supreme Court’s IT Committee.

Amanda Cunningham
, Hastings Probation and Parole

Amanda Cunningham, Juvenile Community-Based Intervention Probation Officer has served District 10 for three years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in Social Work. Amanda began working with youth through the Department of Health and Human Services as a Child and Family Services Specialist prior to beginning with probation.

Brianna McMasters
, South Central Behavioral Services

Brianna is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work. She began working for South Central Behavioral Services in September 2016. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP), and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). Brianna provides individual and family therapy for both mental health and substance use disorders. She also provides substance abuse evaluations, and mental health assessments, and has the training to provide Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Brianna is on the registered service provider list, which allows her to provide substance use and mental health services to adults and youth within the criminal justice system.

James Schulte
, District 10

James Schulte, Juvenile Community-Based Intervention Probation Officer, is representing District 10. James served 11 years working with youth at the Hastings Juvenile Chemical Dependency Program located at the Hastings Regional Center. His experience illustrated to him that youth on his caseload had experienced significant trauma and reducing their anxiety, stress, and impulse control issues was very important to his client’s success. James has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and served in the United States Navy, including search and rescue missions.