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Cathy Buckert, MEd

Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice

Cathy retired from the United States Probation Officer, Rochester, NY, in December 2020 after 27 years of service. She was the Program Development Specialist overseeing reentry services, collaborative community partnerships, and evidence-based programming. She was previously the Drug and Alcohol Specialist. She developed and facilitated the Reentry Court Program for eight years. She is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (NCTI) and provided oversight of the CBT program in addition to facilitating trainings throughout NY. Cathy holds a Master of Education Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a Certificate of Advanced Studies (Drug and Alcohol) from Springfield College. Prior to joining the probation staff, Cathy was a drug and alcohol counselor at Park Ridge Chemical Dependency.

Cathy is proficient in Motivational Interviewing, trained in Moral Reconation Therapy, certified in Group/Crisis Intervention, Interactive Journaling (Courage to Change) and as a Train-the-Trainer for Trauma Informed Responses in Criminal Justice (SAMHSA). As a certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS), Train-the-Trainer/Instructor, she developed, implemented and taught the Ready Set Work Program in WNY and has been an instructor at venues including a federal institution.

Cathy provides consultation to community sectors agencies utilized her personal and professional experience to assist with embracing a balanced approach to proactively addressing critical barriers to reentry. In 2016, in recognition of her contributions to community corrections, she was awarded the Clair Gsell Excellence in Corrections Award. Cathy is a board member of the Reentry Association of WNY and a member of the Women’s Initiative Supportive Health (WISH) project. Cathy is devoted to family and friends and enjoys skiing, tennis, gardening, reading, and servitude.