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2016 Frank Paredes Lecture

  • October 07, 2016
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center in The Gathering Hall 8400 NW Military Hwy. San Antonio, TX 78231


  • This event is provided as a service to the community by the society. There is no charge.
  • For those who wish to receive CEU's, the cost is $5. If you do not wish to receive CEU's, select the free option to register for the event.

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Restorative Justice:

Bursting the School to Prison Pipeline

The Frank Paredes Memorial Lecture 

on Ethics and Culture

Please join us for the annual Frank Paredes Memorial Lecture on Ethics and Culture hosted by the San Antonio Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (SASPS).  This year’s topic is a collaboration of legal and psychological education for professionals and the public. This year’s topic, “Restorative Justice: Bursting the School to Prison Pipeline,” will be presented to the public by a panel of experts including Judge Laura Parker, The 386th State District Court and Chair of the Juvenile Board for Bexar County;  Philip Carney, Coordinator of Restorative Discipline, North East Independent School District, San Antonio; and Anne Thomas. Ph.D., Deputy Chief of Clinical Services for Institutions, Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department.

 Restorative Justice is an effective practice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused in relationships by criminal behavior. It has been applied to youth within the juvenile justice system and school settings and its impact is not only seen between the parties involved, but also as a larger systemic effect on organizations and within the community.

 SASPS aims to connect the legal and mental health fields to overall better our services and support to those in the juvenile justice field. By sharing information, we hope to eventually improve the lives of at-risk youth.

October 7, 2016.

3:00pm – 4:30pm

Phil Hardberger Park Urban Ecology Center 

in The Gathering Hall

8400 NW Military Hwy. San Antonio, TX 78231.

For map click HERE

Seating is limited and by reservation. 

Continuing Education Credits (1.5 hrs.) will be available for Mental Health Professionals for a $5.00 administrative fee. To Register, click HERE

For more information and sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Kim Fox at or 210-240-6601

This is a free public lecture offered to the community by the San Antonio Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. 

Hors d’ oeuvres and wine will be provided after the event.

Educational Objectives

Participants will be able to:

1.  Define restorative justice and its primary tenets.

2. Describe its utility in the juvenile justice system and the pervasive impact on the larger community.

3. Describe the restorative justice practices and its impact within school systems.


Judge Laura Parker

Judge Parker was appointed to the 386th District Court in 1999. The 386th District Court is a Juvenile Delinquency Court that handles criminal matters involving children under the age of 17. During her time on the bench, Judge Parker has handled more than 29,000 juvenile cases. In addition to her regular juvenile docket, Judge Parker presides over three specialty courts: Restore Court for adolescent victims of human sex trafficking, the 386th Drug Court for drug dependent youth, and Crossroads, a mental health program for girls that was recently awarded the 2016 Outstanding Criminal Justice Program Award for the Western Region by the National Criminal Justice Association.  In 2011 the Governor appointed Judge Parker to the Executive Board of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, the state agency overseeing juvenile justice across the state. She is also the Chair of the Bexar County Juvenile Board and previously served as the Local Administrative Judge for the Bexar County District Courts. Judge Parker is board certified in Juvenile Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a frequent lecturer on juvenile law topics. Prior to her appointment to the 386th District Court, Judge Parker served as an assistant district attorney in Bexar County.

Laura earned a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College in 1987 and graduated cum laude from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1992. Judge Parker is active with several non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of children. She serves on the board of directors for Communities in Schools, the ChildSafe Advisory Council, and is active with SA 100 and Impact San Antonio.

Philip Carney

Philip Carney is the NEISD Restorative Discipline Coordinator. Before accepting this district-level administrative position, he was the Principal of Ed White Middle School from 2010 to 2015. At Ed White, Mr. Carney and his team led the first effort to implement restorative discipline in a traditional Texas public school. As a result of this initial pilot, the Texas Education Agency has committed approximately one million dollars to facilitate restorative discipline training to schools and districts across the state.

Since the implementation of restorative discipline began in 2012, Mr. Carney has gained valuable knowledge and experience in both the theoretical underpinnings and practical realities associated with integrating restorative discipline into a campus’ culture and practices. He has presented and facilitated discussions across the state for teachers, administrators, superintendents, region service centers, and the Texas Education Agency. He is currently seeking a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Texas in the Cooperative Superintendency Program. 

Anne Thomas, Ph.D.

Dr. Anne Thomas received her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska in 1990. In addition to working as the Deputy Chief of Clinical Services-Institutions with Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department, she is also Adjunct Associate Professor at UTHSC-SA. She is co-author with Tom Stone of the chapter: “A Multidisciplinary Treatment Team Model for Youth Offenders in Correctional Treatment Centers: Applying Psychodynamic Group Concepts” in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Group Psychotherapy (2012).

Dr. Thomas has spent her career working with at-risk youth and their families primarily in residential treatment centers in both psychiatric and juvenile justice settings. As program director in each of these settings, Dr. Thomas was responsible for program development, milieu management, oversight of the delivery of multidisciplinary treatment. When the Hogg Foundation asked for participants in an initiative to reduce the use of restraint in seclusion in facilities, Dr. Thomas and her team were the only participants present representing a juvenile justice facility. More recently, restorative justice practices became an integral component of this ongoing initiative and have helped to positively transform the facility culture.

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