Christine Gerchow was among the featured presenters at UC Berkeley’s 49th Annual School Psychology Conference. Dr. Gerchow spoke to approximately 100 educators about youth incarceration and how to support re-entry, with emphasis on reintegration into schools.
As part of her presentation, Gerchow created and shared template letters for school leaders to use when welcoming back students to their schools and when advocating for students in administrative circles. Gerchow also reviewed probation resources offered in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties, and presented a case study from Broward County (FL) about how to support youth with probation involvement.
The highlight of the presentation was when Gerchow shared her interview with Alton Pitre, a Morehouse College alumnus and juvenile justice advocate from Baldwin Village (LA). Gerchow remarked, “I may have experience working in the juvenile justice system, but what matters more is lived experience in that system and the things that may lead into it. No presentation or design on juvenile justice is valid without input from credible messengers. In today’s presentation, I had much input from families and from young people such as Alton.”
Christine Gerchow worked at John A. Davis Juvenile Hall in Contra Costa County for almost a decade. She began as a pre-doc trainee and ultimately became the institution’s behavioral health team lead.