Turning Scars Into Stars
Jennie Springs Amison has worked in Corrections for the last 27 years. She has held positions as a Cognitive Counselor, Matrix Substance Abuse Counselor, and Supervisor for Therapeutic Community Substance Abuse program at Virginia Correctional Center for Women, Transition Specialist and currently a Workforce Development Specialist at Harrisonburg Men’s Diversion Center. She is pass Executive Director of Gemeinschaft Home in Harrisonburg Virginia, which won awards and considered nationally as Best Practices in Re-Entry. This was a Residential program for Returning Citizens that had Substance Abuse Problems and issues with the Criminal Justice System. This Program gain recognition nationally and in Tokyo Japan. Dr. Mimi Seilbert sanctioned it as a Delancey Street replication while Jennie was Executive Director.
Born in Norfolk, Virginia and currently reside in Harrisonburg Virginia. She is the wife of the Late Craig Amison of Harrisonburg and two adult children Harvie and Charity of Harrisonburg, Virginia. She was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk Virginia class of 1968. She is a Graduate of Norfolk State University with a B.S.Degree in Special Education and Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Strayer University. She hold the following Certifications, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of Virginia, Qualified Mental Health Professional, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified General Instructor for the Department of Criminal Justice Services, Certified Dialogue Practioner and Certified Peer Recovery Trainer for The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
Amison Is the President of The National Association for Blacks in Criminal Justice Western Region Chapter, President of the Board for Strength in Peers a Member of the NAACP, Vice President of the Virginia Correctional Counselor Association and serve as an Electoral Official in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is a member of Divine Unity Community Church in Harrisonburg and serves on The Welcome Team.
She Considers Working in The field of Substance Abuse and Re-Entry of Offenders her Ministry.