Instructor and Coordinator/Mediator, Family Development Services
Ms. Armstrong has a B.S. degree
in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University and
a master's degree in counseling from Fort Hays State University.
The 23rd Judicial District previously employed her for 20 years
as a Court Services Officer. Her duties included preparing home
studies in divorce disputes and supervising adult and juvenile
probationers. In the course of her employment with the judicial
system, Ms. Armstrong developed several programs that focused
on services for juvenile offenders. She is an adjunct instructor
the Department of Sociology and Social Work and teaches in the
areas of family, sociology, and mediation. She is a Kansas Supreme Court
Approved Mediator and coordinator of the Fort Hays State University
Family Development Services.
Ms. Armstrong has developed two
programs in the area of conflict resolution. The first is a family
mediation service which primarily focuses on helping parents resolve
child access issues. The second is restorative justice program called
RESPECT, which provides facilitated dialogue between juvenile offenders
and their victims.
In addition to mediation services,
Ms. Armstrong has been involved with the Hays community as a trainer
and consultant to area schools for their peer mediation programs
and as an instructor for teen parenting classes. At the State level
Ms. Armstrong has provided in mediation training for bilingual mediators,
and the Kansas Association of Court Services Officers.
Throughout her employment with
the judicial system and FHSU, Ms. Armstrong has written several
grants that have funded several pilot projects. Those funded programs
are PACT Elementary Latchkey Safety Program, 23rd Judicial District
Attendant Care Program, 23rd Judicial District Juvenile Intake Program,
Hays Recreation Junior Ranger Program, Ellis County Citizen Review
Board Program, Indigent Mediation, Real- Time Reporting for the
Hard of Hearing for the 23rd Judicial District Court, 23rd Judicial
District Court Services Computer Equipment Grant, Peer Mediation
and Victim Offender Mediation.
Ms. Armstrong is a Research Fellow
with the Docking
Institute of Public Affairs and participated in the writing
of the Northwest Kansas Community Planning Team Comprehensive Strategic
Plan presented to the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority. She co-authored with Judy Caprez, Director of
Social Work at Fort Hays State University, an article for publication
on the indigent mediation program (Family and Conciliation Courts
Review, Oct. 2001).
Micki is also the Coordinator
for the Family Development Services located in Wiest Hall Room
B734 (seventh floor). She can be reached at (phone) 785.628.5369