The featured speaker during CRESC’s June 2017 meeting was Aaron Geedey. Geedey functions as an ASCRA, or Assessment, Sanctioning Community and Resource Agent, for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. Geedey shared that, as an ASCRA, he runs a variety of evidence-based groups including CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) Life Skills, AOD (Alcohol and Other Drugs), VP (Violence Prevention), financial awareness and employment. One of Geedey's primary focuses is engaging with the community through networking, attending coalition meetings and identifying resources in the community that support successful ex-offender reentry. ASCRA's are also trained in, and frequently use, Motivational Interviewing and EPICS (Effective Practices in Community Support) in their interactions with ex-offenders. More information about the PA Board of Probation and Parole can be found here. CRESC would like to thank Mr. Geedey for spending the afternoon with us!
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