Chapter Meeting Tomorrow!

Mavens of MayhemThe Mavens of Mayhem (Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters in Crime) will meet on Saturday, February 15th at 10:30 am at the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave., Delmar). The speaker this month is Stephen Koonz, MA, MSW, who will speak on Labeling Persons with Mental Illness as Violent: The Portrayal of Persons with Mental Illness in Literature.

With master’s degrees in both criminal justice and social work, Steve teaches at local colleges on topics such as forensic mental health and the mentally ill offender.

Recently retired after 33 years with the NYS Office of Mental Health, he spent 25 years in direct clinical practice with a forensic mental health population, including sex offenders.

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We hope you will join us to hear Stephen Koonz separate fiction from fact when it comes to the mentally ill and crime.

On the Docket for February’s Mavens of Mayhem Meeting

On Saturday, February 15, Stephen Koonz, MA., MSW will present “Labeling the Persons with Mental Illness as Violent: Portrayal of Persons with Mental Illness in Literature”

Recently retired after 33 years of service with the NYS Office of Mental Health, Stephen Koonz spent twenty-five in direct clinical practice with a forensic mental health population (often sex offenders) with concomitant substance abuse issues. His work involved sex offender evaluations for the Sexually Violent Predator initiative under Governor Pataki and with the passage of the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act, overseeing clinical and operations for sex offender treatment programs. Most recently he initiated and oversaw sex offender management of insanity acquittals and those determined unfit to stand trial. With master’s degrees in both criminal justice and social work, Steve teaches at local colleges on related topics, including sex offenders, forensic mental health, the mentally ill offender, criminology, corrections, juvenile delinquency, a survey of social work theory and practice, the nature of crime, and power and privilege.

The Maven’s meeting will be held at the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar (451 Delaware Avenue). The meeting starts at 10:30 am, and the program will begin at 11:00 am.