It's Virtually Possible: Shifting to a Remote Format for Treatment Interventions


Monday, February 6, 2023
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Session Type: Workshop

This workshop will outline how Iowa’s 2nd Judicial District Department of Correctional Services made the jump from in-person programming to virtual programming at the start of the pandemic. Presenters will share the successes, the heavy lifts, and the lessons learned of moving traditional programming to a virtual format, with little notice, to ensure continuity of services for clients and the reasons they decided to continue beyond the return of “normalcy”. Data has reflected the increase in dosage hours and intervention completions, but the team cohesion and integrity has increased as well. There will be time for Q&A at the end.


Blake Harvey
Community Treatment Coordinator, 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services

Blake Harvey, BA, IADC, is a Community Treatment Coordinator and certified substance abuse counselor. He earned his BA through Buena Vista University. He has been with the Iowa Department of Corrections since 2019. He has been essential in implementing the Tech 2 Connect program within the prison system and community based corrections. He is passionate about reentry and helping incarcerated individuals gain skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.

Lauren Schuur
Psychologist, 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services

Lauren Schuur LISW, SOTP II: Lauren is a Psychologist for the Department of Corrections and has worked for the department since 2019. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, Sex Offender Treatment Professional Level II, and has been providing individual and group therapy for ten years. Lauren assists with implementing treatment programs, trains staff on Solution Focused Brief Therapy, provides individual mental health therapy, and assists with specialized groups such as trauma and relapse prevention groups.

Don Wolter
Community Treatment Coordinator, 6th Judicial District Department of Correctional Services

Don Wolter has a BA from the University of Northern Iowa. He has worked for over 23 years for Iowa’s community based corrections in various positions including Residential Officer, Probation/Parole Officer, and currently as a Community Treatment Coordinator. He is a certified trainer and coach for ACTV: Achieving Change Through Values-Based Behavior and facilitates other cognitive based programming, along with sex offender treatment.