Linda Swanson

Since graduating from CJP in 2009, Linda has not worked directly in the field of her concentration, restorative justice. It is her hope, however, that she will be able to combine RJ with her current work as a coach for adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

As of Oct. 2013, Linda recently completed over 200 hours of training at the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA) and is in the process of completing the final requirements for graduation and certification. Her work so far has been with adults, though she hope to begin coaching young people as well.

Studies have shown that a disproportionately large portion of the prison population is composed of people with ADHD, most of them undiagnosed and untreated. The impulsivity and hyperactivity, among other traits of ADHD, that lead to someone’s entering the criminal justice system in the first place will continue to cause problems throughout life without treatment. There is a pilot program of ADHD coaches working with individuals in the prison system in Delaware. Linda hopes at some point to be able to contribute in a similar way in Virginia.

Meanwhile, she is loving the learning and growing that she has been doing over the past year and a half of training. Much of what she learned at CJP is highly relevant to this work of helping people reach their fullest potential.