Welcome to the 6th International Training Symposium: Innovative Approaches to Justice

Presented by: Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals (CADTCP) and the Regina Drug Treatment Court

June 21-24, 2016 | Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada



Guest Speakers

Dr. Gabor Maté

A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics, from addiction to mind-body wellness. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them. As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages. Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.


Myles Himmelreich

Myles is an inspiring motivational speaker, co-author, and strong advocate for individuals and their families living with FASD. He has traveled around the world sharing his experiences living with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) Myles has provided a multidimensional educational perspective to parent, youth, and professional groups since 2003. He is the focus of a documentary entitled, “Realities and Possibilities – the Myles Himmelreich Story” He has acted as media spokesman as well volunteered with the Calgary John Howard Society providing training to medical residents from the University of Calgary. Myles is a recipient of the Starfish Award, successfully audited the OBD (Organic Brain Dysfunction) Triage Training. Mr Himmelreich was the first FASD consults for the Government of Alberta. He was a part of the Alberta FASD Family Advisory Council and various committees.


Kenneth Robinson, Ed.D., President, Correctional Counseling, Inc.

Kenneth D. Robinson, Ed.D., is one of the most respected teachers and lecturers on cognitive-behavioral treatment and correctional counseling. Robinson, President of Correctional Counseling, Inc., and Executive Editor of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Review, has published and presented numerous professional articles in the areas of psychopharmacology and mental health services and is co-developer of Moral Reconation Therapy™ (MRT). He is a familiar speaker at both national and international symposiums and conferences, including the National Judicial College, National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and American Probation and Parole Association among other organizations. He has also been asked to testify before legislative bodies on the efficacy and value of cognitive-behavioral treatment programs that can reduce recidivism, enhance public safety and lower costly incarceration expenses.

Dr. Robinson’s extensive work in mental health and corrections provide a unique combination of insight and expertise. While Director of Clinical Services for Midtown Mental Health Center in Memphis, Tenn., he established the first Crisis Stabilization Unit for the city and was featured in Memphis Magazine’s article “The Crisis in Mental Health Care” in January 1987.  He is also no stranger to the rigorous demands of working with offenders behind the bars, having worked in mental health services for the Shelby County Correction Center for 12 years, as well as the State Regional Prison in Memphis, before founding Correctional Counseling, Inc.  He is currently a faculty member of the National Judicial College and has served as a consultant with the U.S. Bureau of Justice, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and the National Institute of Corrections. Dr. Robinson also has extensive experience with therapeutic programs in correctional settings.  Professional colleagues describe Dr. Robinson as determined to design and implement the most effective programs to help those individuals desiring and willing to change their lives.

Dr. Robinson received his Doctor of Education degree in educational psychology and counseling and his Master of Science degree in psychology from Memphis State University.  He co-authored “How To Escape Your Prison,” “Your Inner Enemy,” “Filling the Inner Void,” and all the MRT programs and materials.


The Honourable Mr. Justice Kofi N. Barnes

The Honourable Justice Kofi N. Barnes. Mr. Justice Barnes is a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice
Mr. Justice Barnes is the founding President of the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals and President of the International Association of Drug Treatment Courts. In addition to his regular judicial duties, he designs and conducts training programs on solution focused strategies and innovative approaches to justice.

Justice Barnes is the founder of innovative programs such as the Metro West Community Restoration Court in 2011; the Durham Mental Health and Drug Treatment Court in Oshawa in 2006; co-founder of Canada's first Drug Treatment Court in Toronto in 1998. For more information click this link.


The Honourable Judge Clifford Toth

1975 - 1980 - B.A (dist) University of Regina, JD University of Saskatchewan
1980 - 1998 - Saskatchewan Legal Aid Commission, Moose Jaw office primary area of practice: Criminal Defence
1995 - 1998 - Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology Board of Directors
1998 - 2002 - Appointed to the Saskatchewan Provincial Court, Judicial Centre of Estevan
1999 - 2006 - Provincial Court Education Committee Co-chair
2002 - Transferred to Judicial Centre of Regina
2006 - Present - Opened and regularly preside in the Regina Drug Treatment Court
2008 - Present - Board member, Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals (CADTCP)
2008 - 2014 - Associate Chief Judge
2010 - 2014 - Chair, Therapeutic Justice Committee Canadian Council of Chief Judges
2014 - Present - Opened and regularly preside in the Regina Mental Health and FASD Court
2014 - Present - Planning Committee Chair, CADTCP
7 Bi-annual International Training Symposium on Problem Solving Courts and Innovation Approaches to Justice scheduled for Regina - June 21 - 24, 2016

Aaron Arnold

Director, Treatment Court &Tribal Justice Programs
As director of treatment court programs, Aaron Arnold oversees the Center's national training and technical assistance for drug courts and assists New York’s Unified Court System in developing and training drug treatment courts across the state. Mr. Arnold also directs the Center's Tribal Justice Exchange, which seeks to promote the sharing of information between state and tribal courts, assist tribal communities in enhancing their justice systems, and explore ways in which state courts can benefit from traditional tribal justice practices. Before joining the Center, Mr. Arnold was a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office in Phoenix, Arizona, where he gained first-hand experience working in several problem-solving courts. He has also worked as a litigation associate at Fennemore Craig, one of Arizona's oldest law firms. Mr. Arnold is a native of Syracuse and a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Arizona College of Law.


Annie Schachar

Associate Director/Senior Attorney Advisor, Treatment Court Programs
Annie Schachar serves as Associate Director/Senior Attorney Advisor for the treatment court program at the Center for Court Innovation. In this role, Ms. Schachar advises attorneys, judges, and other drug court practitioners on legal issues relevant to drug courts. Previously, Ms. Schachar served as director of the Center’s Kings County Court-Based Intervention and Resource Team, an alternative-to-incarceration program in Brooklyn for offenders with mental health disorders. Before joining the Center, Ms. Schachar practiced law as a defense attorney with Legal Aid Ontario in Toronto, where she represented clients in Toronto’s drug treatment court. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Crown Attorney for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Ms. Schachar is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s criminology department and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.


Cheryl Charron, (MAIS, BA Adv.) 

Ms Charron began working with FASD in 2004 at the Regina Community Clinic as part of a community based initiative to develop the FASD Centre to offer FASD assessments, supports, awareness, education and programming for clients and families, agencies and professionals in Regina and area.  She has presented at numerous FASD conferences and workshops. She is a Director on the Board of Directors at the Regina Community Clinic and the Mental Health Disposition/FASD Court research committee.   She is also part of the FASD program development team at the University of New Brunswick.

Colton Fehr

Colton is currently pursuing his Masters of Law at the University of Toronto. He received his Juris Doctorate (2013) with distinction and Bachelors of Arts (2010) with high honours from the University of Saskatchewan. Following the completion of his law degree, Colton served as a law clerk with the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan, where he was active in assisting in the development of the Regina Mental Health Disposition Court. After completing his clerkship with the Court, Colton worked as a Crown prosecutor for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice. He writes on a range of criminal law topics, and has been published in the Criminal Law Quarterly, Canadian Criminal Law Review, and Saskatchewan Law Review.


Amanda Carlson, Managing Director, Salvation Army, Kate’s Place 

Amanda Carlson, while attending the University of Regina, Ms. Carlson worked for at a local Women’s Shelter as a Domestic Violence Counsellor.  She also worked and as a Complaints Analyst Assistant for The Saskatchewan Provincial Ombudsman Office.  She continued working both as Domestic Violence Counsellor and Complaints Analyst Assistant to develop and understand counselling techniques and policy development. 

After completing her Bachelor of Human Justice degree in 2002, Ms. Carlson began working with the Salvation Army Waterston Centre, a men’s homeless shelter in Regina.  She began her work with the Salvation Army as a Community Residential Facility Coordinator (CRF), supervising adult Males serving various terms of Parole within the community. 

She continued working for the Salvation Army Waterston Centre and in 2006, developed a supportive housing program, at Waterston Centre that housed and supervised men on Probation and men attending the Regina Drug Treatment Court. 

Ms. Carlson’s work provided allowed her to develop strong counselling skills, case management techniques, and behaviour and risk assessment techniques needed to work with Regina’s most vulnerable, high risk and high needs clientele.   She developed professional partnerships with First Nations organizations, provincial government and federal government officials throughout her time at Waterstson Centre. 

In April 2012, Ms. Carlson, in partnership with the Regina Drug Treatment Court and The Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, developed and began operating a Supportive Housing Program for adult women attending the Regina Drug Treatment Court.  This program became known as the Salvation Army Kate’s Place.   Ms. Carlson currently oversees the management and operations of Kate’s Place.

Byron Nurse R.P.N.

Byron has been a Registered Psychiatric Nurse since 1990, trained in forensic settings within the Regional Psychiatric Center and employed within many psychiatric forensics settings at the Sask. Hospital in North Battleford, Regina Corrections, in-patient acute psychiatric services, community mental health and 14 years of facilitating domestic violence programming at the Regina Mental Health Clinic.

Byron is currently the Clinical Coordinator of the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at the Regina General Hospital, and has also coordinated the Adult Acute Mental Health Ward.

Byron developed and implemented the mental health services for the Touchwood Qu’Appelle Health Region in 1996 and has contributed to the development of the forensic services unit at the Saskatchewan Hospital, the Dual Diagnosis Program for the Phoenix Residential Society and the domestic violence program at the Regina Mental Health Clinic.

Byron was an elected member of the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association and was appointed as the RPNAS discipline officer for four years.

Byron was the Chairman of the Saskatchewan Abuse Intervention Network for five years.

Jocelyne Boissonneault – Assistant Crown Attorney (Durham Region and City of Kawartha Lakes) 

Jocelyne began her law career practicing civil litigation with a large Canadian law firm.   She then moved to the United States where she was admitted to the California Bar and practiced intellectual property litigation in Silicon Valley.  After returning home to Canada, Jocelyne started working for the Durham Crown Attorney’s office where she remains today.  Jocelyne has ten years of experience with therapeutic treatment courts.  In 2006, she formed part of the team that developed the Durham Drug Treatment and Mental Health Court and continues to represent the Crown in that court today.  In 2011, Jocelyne expanded her experience with therapeutic treatment courts when she began working as the Community Court/Mental Health Crown in the City of Kawartha Lakes.  More recently, Jocelyne has become involved with the Peterborough Community Support Court, which is a hybrid Mental Health and Drug Treatment Court.  

Jocelyne is on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals, the City of Kawartha Lakes Human Service and Justice Coordinating Committee, and she is the Vice President of the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation.



Duane T. Bowers, LPC, CCHt

Duane T. Bowers, LPC, CCHt is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Educator.  As a therapist Duane’s specialty is working with survivors of traumatic death and suicide, which includes providing support to families of abducted, missing, exploited and murdered children through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). 

Duane is responsible for the clinical supervision and training of staff and volunteers for a variety of organizations that deal with trauma and loss in the US and Canada.  In Saskatchewan, Duane contracts through the Greystone Bereavement Centre providing education and assisting in creating programs focused on trauma informed care, and first responder trauma. He also serves as a consultant to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.

In Washington DC he served as the Director of Training and Education at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, and was the Senior Director of Emergency and International Services for the National Capital Chapter of the American Red Cross. Duane worked in Macedonia/ Kosovo/Albania supervising a family reunification program in camps with war refugees. In September 2001 Duane responded to the Pentagon immediately following the terrorist attack on September 11th, providing support to rescue and recovery workers. In April 2010 he served as the mental health team leader at the University of Miami field hospital following the earthquake in Port au Prince, Haiti.

As an educator, Duane teaches seminars nationally, internationally and regionally on dying, death and grief, as well as trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and traumatic loss. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Counseling at Trinity College in Washington DC, and has been an invited guest lecturer for national conferences, as well as for graduate and undergraduate classes of various colleges and universities. 


Dr. Jeff Eichhorst, Director of Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology and Newborn Screening, Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory, Regina

Dr. Jeff Eichhorst is currently the director of Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology and Newborn Screening at the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory in Regina. He has worked in the field of analytical Chemistry & Toxicology for over 30 years. He is a graduate of the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan with a doctorate degree in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Jeff has been involved in various drug screening programs for the past twenty years in Saskatchewan and developed a broad spectrum drug screen in 2008 which has been used as the standard drugs of abuse screen ever since.