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Detention Center employees hear motivational speaker

March 15, 2013
  • From left, Sgt. Michael Rafter, Deputy 1st Class Clarence Davis, Deputy 1st Class Michael Knight, William Kellibrew, Sgt. Steven Pryor and Capt. Craig Rowe.
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The Washington County Detention Center, in partnership with the Washington County Health Department Division of Behavioral Health Services, recently hosted an afternoon with William Kellibrew, a motivational speaker. 

Forty-nine men and women sat riveted and inspired by a young man’s story of murder and resiliency. 

At the age of 10, Kellibrew became a survivor of domestic violence that led to him witnessing the homicides of his mother and 12-year old brother. 

Today he is an international advocate for civil, human, women, children and victims rights. 

The incarcerated men and women were voluntarily invited to attend the event, sponsored by the National Association of State Mental Health Program directors and Males 4 Trauma Recovery. 

Kellibrew led the discussion on how social learning and traumatic experiences impact automatic thought.  His interactions were both dynamic and engaging.  Participants were able to explore their thoughts that perpetuate criminal thinking and behavior and ways to seek assistance to break that cycle.

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The Detention Center’s continued support of rehabilitative services, specifically co-occurring disorders, that is two or more medical or mental health diagnoses that impact an individual’s social functioning, has assisted in the lowering of Washington County’s recidivism rate. 

This is the second event in which the Detention Center has participated; the first was Bobby Petrocelli’s presentation of The Ten Second Rule.

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