Dr. Charles Johnson, PhD, is the retired Director of Court and Community Services at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services. He administered through multiple subordinate levels the major operational aspects of DHS/JJS and managed the contracts of over 70 private social services providers. As the senior manager he was responsible for planning, developing, administering, evaluating and coordinating the implementation of the goals and objectives of the section reporting directly to the Deputy Commissioner. Prior to that post he served as the Counseling and Group Therapy Director of the Options Substance Abuse program at Philadelphia County Prisons. He is a certified trainer for the Regional Training Centers under the auspices of the University of Pittsburgh and is a certified addictions therapist. He currently is employed as an adjunct professor at Temple University where he has taught for 22 years and is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Johnson is also a member of the Philadelphia County Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee and in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office, the Defender’s Association, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Septa Police, the Sheriff’s office, the Philadelphia Department of Human Services and the Community of Private Social Service Providers trains new recruits at the Philadelphia Police Academy on the interaction between law enforcement officers and youth. He conducts 8 trainings for the Regional Training Centers and for the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Families. He trains child welfare professionals (administrators, supervisors and case managers). His trainings include: The Juvenile Justice System; Dependency and Delinquency; Delinquency, Substance Abuse and Early Sexual Activity; Sex and Drugs; Alcohol and Other Drugs; Case Management for Substance Abusing Families; Racism and Service Delivery; and Spirituality and the 12 Steps. In addition he has been a consultant for private social service providers for 17 years.
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