Licensed Psychologist Presenting Criminal Justice and Sociology Day Keynote Address


2011_Loc_Grounds-158-X2CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 2, 2006 – Michael Ahrens, a licensed psychologist, will present the keynote address during Criminal Justice and Sociology Day activities Oct. 3 at Southeast Missouri State University.

Ahrens’ presentation is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. in the University Ballroom, located on the fourth floor of the University Center.

In addition to the keynote address, a career fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center. Beginning at 10 a.m., the SEMO Bomb Team will have on display equipment and robots designed for dismantling bombs. There will also be a K-9 demonstration.

“There should be some interesting exhibits such as the bomb team and the K-9 demonstration. This year’s Criminal Justice and Sociology Day will be geared more towards corrections, with Ahrens’ presentation,” said Greg Norkus, a research graduate assistant in the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology.

For more than 20 years, Ahrens has worked as a licensed psychologist in federal correctional institutions throughout the country. He was presented the Regional Directors Award in 2000 and was named Employee of the Year of the federal prison in Ray Brook, N.Y. in 1988. He currently works as a psychologist for the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Ill., where he is responsible for activating, coordinating and administering an intensive, multi-phase treatment program for high security, violent and predatory inmates. The program teaches self-discipline and the value of conforming to pro-social lifestyles.

From 1985 to 1995, Ahrens was the chief psychologist in federal correction institutions in West Virginia, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. While he served as the chief psychologist, he provided comprehensive mental health services, including crisis intervention/prevention, group and individual therapy, psychological reports, drug/alcohol treatment and court-ordered evaluations. He also was directly responsible for a full-range of psychological and drug treatment services at a medium-security federal prison and a satellite prison camp. In addition to his experience as chief psychologist, Ahrens worked as a correctional counselor for the Boulder County Justice Center and the Weld County Residential Child Care Facility, both in Colorado. He has been involved in the assessment, classification and treatment of adult offenders, and has participated in individual and group counseling.

Ahrens received a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin. He also received both a master of arts degree in rehabilitation counseling and a doctor of psychology degree in counseling psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. He currently resides in Marion, Ill.

For more information about Criminal Justice and Sociology Day, please contact the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology at (573) 651-2541 or To make reservations to attend Criminal Justice and Sociology Day, please visit the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology’s Web site at