Bringing Staff and Clients Together: How a Well-Being Program is Changing Our Views of Each Other


Tuesday, January 24, 2023
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Session Type: Workshop

How does a program that focuses on the individual’s exploration of one’s own humanity impact the participant’s view of others? An interesting question - and more interesting answer - will be discussed by this panel from the Domestic Violence Intervention Court of Summit County, Ohio. In 2022, the court added a free, well-being program (found while attending another APPA Training Institute) to their client offerings. Remarkably, it has benefitted the support team as well. Staff and clients often attend the Peace Education Program together and the improvement in morale is changing the culture of the court. Our panel, including the court’s facilitator of the program, the supervisor of probation officers, and the court’s program director, will relay their perspectives of the experience. Attendees will be able to ask questions and explore the need for and the result of this working alliance between staff and clients.


Kelli Anderson
Domestic Violence Intervention Supervisor, Summit County Court of Common Pleas Adult Probation

Kelli Anderson, M.Ed, has worked for the Summit County Court of Common Pleas for 24 years and is currently the Supervisor of the Domestic Violence Intervention Court and Adult Probation Department. She was a founding member of Summit County’s Domestic Violence Court team in 2011, the first felony court of its kind in the State of Ohio. She believes in restorative justice and the impact rehabilitative efforts have on offenders, acknowledging both traditional and innovative programming. She engaged in the participant Peace Education Program group and is profoundly impressed by the thought-provoking impact it has on participants and professionals.

Christina Claar
Program Director, Summit County Court of Common Pleas Adult Probation

Christina Claar has served the Domestic Violence Intervention Court (DVIC) in various capacities since 2013 and is now the Administrative Compliance and Assessment Coordinator for the Specialized Docket. Ms. Claar was introduced to the Peace Education Program in the Spring of 2021 as a team training opportunity. By Spring of 2022, the DVIC launched its first Peace Education Program workshop with its Specialized Docket participants to powerful reviews. She hopes to continue expanding the DVIC’s working alliance between staff and participants.

Dena Hanley, PhD
PhD/Consultant, Summit County Court of Common Pleas Adult Probation

Dena Hanley, PhD., serves as the Program Director of DVIC and brings over 25 years of experience in correctional best practices, particularly in the area of organizational capacity. She is responsible for ensuring strategic progress and preparing the DVIC for the future. She coordinates all grant activities, as well as oversees the design, implementation and quality assurance of new strategies. Dr. Hanley earned her PhD from the University of Cincinnati and has worked/consulted in institutional, community, local, state and federal corrections.

Llee Sivitz
, The Prem Rawat Foundation