In the Loop Guests
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DR. CANDICE NORCOTT
Director Behavior Science
Candice Norcott, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and the Director of Behavioral Science in Stritch School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago.
Dr. Norcott directs the Behavioral Science curriculum in the Family Medicine Residency training program. Prior to this position, Dr. Norcott was a Center Leader at the Isaac Ray Center, Inc. at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. There, she coordinated mental health programming and provided individual and group counseling to 15 -17 year old girls and boys awaiting sentencing or placement.
Dr. Norcott received her pre and postdoctoral training in Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry. As a clinician at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, she worked with adults diagnosed with serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders who lived in transitional and supported housing programs. Dr. Norcott received her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Connecticut, and her Bachelor’s degree at Brown University.
Dr. Norcott has extensive experience conducting lectures and workshops. She has spoken nationally in a variety of venues, including treatment for adolescent substance abuse, mental health programs, and substance abuse programs in criminal justice settings. Central to her work is a commitment to the empowerment of girls and women, minority advancement in psychology, and cultural competence.
JOHN J. ROBERTS
HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Org.)
HERO was founded by John Roberts and Brian Kirk after their two sons, Billy and Matt, were tragically taken from them while battling a heroin addiction. The Two Dads, as the local media took to calling them, set out to call attention to the heroin epidemic spreading throughout similarly affluent middle class communities, to connect with and build a support network of families who have also lost children to heroin, and to work to see the day when no parent has to experience the loss of a child to addiction again.
In 2004, John Roberts completed a thirty year police career with the Chicago Police Department, retiring at the rank of Captain. During his career Roberts acquired considerable command-level experience and very diverse professional experience while working his way up through the ranks and the positions he held in operational, investigative, technical support and administrative divisions. Throughout his career Roberts demonstrated unwavering commitment to higher education and earned four college degrees at local universities, including a doctoral degree which he completed just prior to retirement at the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. Roberts put his education and professional experience to work by teaching part-time at the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University and at Lewis University. After retiring from his police career Roberts accepted an appointment as the Program Chair of Criminal/Social Justice at Lewis University. In 2008 Roberts retired from that position and is now devoting most of his time to public safety consulting and advocacy for higher education and continuing professional training for all law enforcement personnel.
State’s Attorney OF WILL COUNTY
Will County State’s Attorney James W. Glasgow has a long and distinguished career during which he has implemented groundbreaking initiatives to investigate, prosecute and prevent crime.
As a prosecutor and a lifelong resident of Joliet, State’s Attorney Glasgow is committed to making Will County the safest place to live, work and raise our families. Under his direction, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office has consistently maintained a felony conviction rate that leads the conviction rates in every other major county in Northern Illinois.
State’s Attorney Glasgow currently is serving his fifth term as Will County’s elected state’s attorney.
Over his long career, State’s Attorney Glasgow:
- Leads the fight with HERO/HELPS to warn parents, educators and teens about the deadly dangers of using heroin. Works with police to aggressively prosecute heroin dealers as well as government leaders to grapple with this public health crisis.
- Spearheaded the creation of the Will County Drug Court, which has helped 300 non-violent offenders kick their addictions and return to society as productive citizens. He hired a Drug Court graduate as an assistant state’s attorney after she completed the program, enrolled in law school and received her law degree.
- Opened the first two Recovery Homes (one for men, one for women) through a Drug Court to assist those who are nearing the completion of this intensive program.
- Established a Veterans and Servicemembers Court to provide critical counseling and treatment to those who served our Nation and struggle with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
- Authored a groundbreaking synthetic marijuana ban to keep this dangerous poison off our store shelves and away from our children.
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