Charles Knepp

Skills

Skills

Offender Employment Specialist

“Offender Employment Specialist (OES)”  Course Objectives:  A curriculum developed by the National Institute of Corrections and implementation by workforce and criminal justice practitioners across the country, OES trainees will learn how to improve employment outcomes for persons with criminal histories through strategies addressed in the curriculum, including collaboration, assessment, job readiness, and job development.  

Group Facilitator

“Violence Prevention Training (VP)” Course Objectives: Participants will be able to facilitate Low Intensity, Moderate Intensity and High Intensity Violence Prevention for DOC inmate populations. “Batterer’s Intervention” Course Objectives: Assist batterers in understanding the dynamics of their offense, and provide positive alternatives to battering behavior. Conduct the Batters Training Program to inmates. Organize and present material in an effective manner. Use appropriate tone and style for various communications. Prepare communications that contain all necessary information for desired behavior. “Thinking for a Change (THINK)” Course Description: This is an advanced-level course that prepares facilitators to deliver the Thinking for a Change program to offender groups. The program integrates cognitive approaches for changing behavior by restructuring offenders' thinking (e.g., antisocial attitudes, values, or beliefs) and teaching pro-social cognitive skills (e.g., effective problem solving and the ability to consider consequences).  

Work History

Work History
Apr 2009 - Jun 2013

Corrections Counselor II

Wernersville Community Corrections Center
  • Promoted to Corrections Counselor II from within the Pa Department of Corrections
  • Assist Inmates with re-entering back into society
  • Develop a Community Orientation & Reintegration Plan with each resident
  • Offender Employment Specialist (OES)
  • Enlist the aid of public and private agencies where special services are needed
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Community Service Agencies, Public Assistance Departments, Law Enforcement Officials, and Parole Authorities
  • Meet with each resident bi-weekly
  • Document progress of residents bi-weekly
  • Keep all documentation current via written reports, summaries, and verbal feedback
  • Employment guidance
  • Vocation and Education guidance
  • Work with resident and their families for a successful re-entry back into society
  • Facilitate various Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Therapy Groups
  • Coordinator for the State Intermediate Program (SIP) for Wernersville Community Corrections Center
  • ��������Training Coordinator
  • Assisted WCCC Management with creating a new Resident Handbook
  • Testified in several court cases for the Pa Department of Corrections
  • Responsible for representing the Center in the community and engaging in community education regarding correctional services
Feb 2002 - Dec 2006

Correctional Officer

Berks County Prison
  • Supervised Inmates and maintained security of the Institution in various roles
  • Graduated from the Berks County Prison Department of Corrections Training Academy for Correctional Officers
Apr 2001 - Feb 2002

Printing Press Operator

Cadmus Professional Communications Science Press Division
  • Printing Press Operator
  • Science Press Division no longer employs Printing Press Operators
Apr 1998 - Apr 2001

Printing Press Operator

Strine Printing, Inc.
  • Hired as a Printing Press Assistant
  • Awarded:Jr. Craftsman of the Year

  • Promoted to Printing Press Operator
  • Operated various Heidelberg Printing Presses
  • Served as the Pressroom Safety Committee Representative

Education

Education

Workshops

PA Keystone Academy for Learning (KAL)
  • The Office of Administration’s Keystone Academy for Learning offers a variety of courses to help individuals expand current skills and develop new ones.
  • "OA-KAL Effective Writing"  Course Description:  This course will provide an opportunity for participants to assess and improve their writing skills.  The workshop includes techniques to effectively plan, organize, and edit written materials.  A portion of the workshop will focus on common grammar and punctuation rules.
  • "OA-KAL Essential Skills in Communicating"  Course Description:  Participants learn the latest techniques in developing effective communication skills to improve their performance and increase the productivity of the team and the organization.  Throughout the workshop, participants will review video presentations and case studies, participate in group discussions, practice new skills, and receive immediate feedback.
May 2013 - Present

Master of Arts

Liberty University
  • Attending Liberty University Online currently
  • 60-hour Track in order to obtain a LPC
Dec 2006 - Jun 2013

Certificate

Pa Dept. of Corrections Training Academy
  • Offender Employment Specialist (OES)”Course Objectives:A curriculum developed by the National Institute of Corrections and implementation by workforce and criminal justice practitioners across the country, OES trainees will learn how to improve employment outcomes for persons with criminal histories through strategies addressed in the curriculum, including collaboration, assessment, job readiness, and job development.
  • Violence Prevention Training (VP)” Course Objectives: Participants will be able to facilitate Low Intensity, Moderate Intensity and High Intensity Violence Prevention for DOC inmate populations.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI)” Course Objectives: Understand the basic philosophy of cognitive-behavioral treatment. Identify targets for treatment and strategies for impacting those targets. Recognize and apply key techniques of modeling, role-playing, rewards and punishers. Demonstrate overall core skills needed to facilitate and support cognitive behavioral programming.
  • “Batterer’s Intervention” Course Objectives: Assist batterers in understanding the dynamics of their offense, and provide positive alternatives to battering behavior. Conduct the Batters Training Program to inmates. Organize and present material in an effective manner. Use appropriate tone and style for various communications. Prepare communications that contain all necessary information for desired behavior.
  • Thinking for a Change (THINK)” Course Description: This is an advanced-level course that prepares facilitators to deliver the Thinking for a Change program to offender groups. The program integrates cognitive approaches for changing behavior by restructuring offenders' thinking (e.g., antisocial attitudes, values, or beliefs) and teaching pro-social cognitive skills (e.g., effective problem solving and the ability to consider consequences).
  • Therapeutic Community Experiential (TCE) Training” Course Objectives: Become familiar with the history, theory, and research relating to the therapeutic community model and its use in correctional settings.Learn and apply therapeutic community structure, methods, language, rituals, and phases in a training community.Experience and analyze the generic components of TC and the concepts of community as a method through parallels in the training community.Understand how the therapeutic community model functions in a prison-based setting.Examine the roles, expectations, functions, and developing stages for counselors and custody staff in a corrections-based TC setting.Demonstrate beginning proficiency in basic TC activities and use of strategies.Assess areas of needed training and develop plans for continued learning.
  • Furlough Investigation/SIP Site Visit Training
  • “Basic Training” Course Objectives: Demonstrate effective communications skills, Apply professional and ethical behavior in the performance of job functions, List and apply fundamentals of security specific to a correctional setting, Determine observations that require documentation and reporting through proper command structure.

Sep 2007 - May 2013

Bachelor's of Science

Liberty University
  • Cognitives in Christian Counseling, Religion, and Criminal Justice