Meet our ChIPs Mentoring & Circle of Support Program Director, Erika Linskey!

Meet our ChIPs Mentoring & Circle of Support Program Director, Erika Linskey!

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The Fay Honey Knopp Institute (part of the Safer Society Foundation) is proud to introduce Erika Linskey as the Program Director of the ChIPs Mentoring and Circles of Support program. Erika has worked with the Safer Society team since 2015 developing new programs to help children of incarcerated parents (ChIPs).

Erika earned her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Penn State and her Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado. She is a former teacher from Colorado and has maintained a life-long career in teaching and childhood advocacy. She serves on the Granville (Vermont) town School Board and volunteers at Warren Elementary School as a science workshop teacher for the Four Winds Nature Institute.

“I became interested in working as director for a mentoring program because it met my desire to help kids holistically,” Erika explains. “As a teacher I was restricted to working with children during classroom hours which was difficult because during my years as an elementary art teacher in Colorado I saw the need for children to have more adult guidance outside of the classroom. The ChIPs Mentoring & Circles of Support program helps kids be successful in school while providing a support network for them outside of school.”

We are very pleased to have Erika on our team!


Learn more about the programs and resources developed by the Fay Honey Knopp Institute to help mitigate the impact of mass incarceration on the millions of American children and families effected by parental incarceration.

Jill Levenson During the Trauma-Informed Practice Workshop

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On Monday, July 31, the Fay Honey Knopp Institute hosted a workshop with presenter Dr. Jill Levenson. The focus of the workshop was trauma-informed practice when working with children, especially kids with parents in prison. The audience consisted primarily of counselors and mentors from around Vermont and nearby New York and New Hampshire communities. The even was held at the Counseling Service of Addison County facility at Catamount Park in Middlebury. Here’s an excerpt from the workshop:

Dr. Levenson Talks About Trauma-Informed Responding – CARES from Safer Society on Vimeo.

Trauma-Informed Practice Workshop

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Thank you to the 40 mentoring and school-related volunteers and professionals who attended and contributed to the success of our workshop on Trauma-Informed Practice, presented by Dr. Jill Levenson, at the Counseling Service of Addison County in Middlebury on Monday July 31st.

Dr. Jill Levenson leads a group of 40 mentors and counselors during her workshop on trauma-informed practice in Middlebury, Vermont.

Many thanks as well to the folks at CSAC for allowing us to use their excellent conference facility. We look forward to sponsoring more such trainings for the Vermont community of helping professionals in the future. In the meantime, keep an eye out for the first issue of Safer Society’s Fay Honey Knopp Institute Newsletter, follow us on Facebook (Click Here!), and check back at this website to track the progress of our ChIPs Mentoring & Circles of Support program.

Many thanks again,

Mary Falcon
Executive Director