Benedict Center Women's Reentry Program Staff
Katie K Lynch
Katie has been working with justice-involved women at the Benedict Center for over six years. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work in 2013 and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Substance Abuse Counselor—In Training (SAC-IT). Her main job responsibilities include developing and overseeing Benedict Center programming at the House of Correction. She also facilitates Seeking Safety, Life Skills, and Women’s Support groups while working on addressing the individual needs of women at the HOC who are enrolled in our Women’s Reentry Program.
The Benedict Center operates a women's reentry program at the Milwaukee County House of Correction (HOC). The goal of the program is to provide an enhanced intervention to jailed women in order to address their individual issues and thereby improve their economic condition and strengthen the economic life and social environment of their families and communities.
For more information about the program, contact Katie Lynch, Associate Director via email at Klynch@benedictcenter.org or by phone at 414.427.6049.
Program components include:
Trauma-Informed Yoga utilizes alternative methods of therapy in addressing trauma-related symptoms and allows women to reconnect with themselves in a safe space away from the dorms.
Nurturing Parenting classes assist women in building more effective ways of communicating with their children. Through role play and discussion, participants develop their awareness, knowledge, and skills in five areas (age-appropriate expectations; empathy, bonding, and attachment; non-violent nurturing discipline; self-awareness and self-worth; empowerment, autonomy, and healthy independence).
Seeking Safety is a present-focused treatment for clients with a history of trauma and substance use. This treatment focuses on clients learning and utilizing safe coping skills in order to effectively deal with overwhelming, negative emotions.
Life Skills is a resource driven and goal-oriented group. Its primary goal is to develop adaptive and positive behaviors to increase independent living skills post-release.
Employment/Makin’ It Work helps participants understand how their own attitudes and perceptions have justified illegal actions in the past. Clients gain new insights into employer expectations in the workplace and mentally shift their own outlooks to be more successful on the job and improve interpersonal skills needed to manage difficult workplace situations.
Women's Support groups are specifically designed for women who have engaged in unsafe behaviors related to sex work. The primary goals are to help women make informed choices and reduce harmful behaviors; increase safety and address potential barriers to change; learn how to create healthy relationships and establish healthy personal boundaries and develop a stronger, more positive belief in oneself. These groups are highly confidential due to the material discussed.
Beyond Violence is specifically designed for women involved in the criminal-justice system. It is a four-level model of violence prevention that utilizes the complex interplay between individual, relationships, community, and societal factors to address the main factors that put women at risk for experiencing and/or perpetuating violence.
Moving On is a cognitive-behavioral program that is specifically designed for justice-involved women. It assists women in developing alternatives to criminal activity by building the skills needed for healthy relationships and positive behavioral choices. As women begin to recognize and enhance existing strengths and access community resources, they develop an array of personal strategies for success, including decision making, problem solving, assertiveness, and emotional stability.
Mindfulness Coloring utilizes mindfulness meditation techniques and drawing to help reduce anxiety and stress, and to improve thinking patterns, mood, and focus.