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Posted on: March 4, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice

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Facilitated by Ariel James, PTSD Project Coordinator & Jennifer McCune, Community-Based Probation Officer
(certified to facilitate by National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice)

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Twin Lakes Room, Westmoreland County Juvenile Probation Office, 2771 S. Grande Boulevard, Greensburg, PA 15601
Cost: $20

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For more info, call 724-830-1816 or email [email protected]

The MHT-JJ Curriculum

From probation intake to secure corrections, juvenile justice staff are responsible for the management and care of a large population of youth, many of whom are experiencing behavioral health conditions. Those staff members with the most direct contact with youth are often untrained to understand how these conditions impact staff-youth and peer-peer interactions. The MHT-JJ was designed to build practitioner knowledge of the behavior health and trauma needs of youth in their care, while also building their skills and capacity to use trauma-informed and therapeutic approaches in their daily interactions with youth. In addition, staff also build their skills to prevent crisis situations, and effectively intervene and de-escalate when these situations do occur.

Topics Covered

  • Adolescent Brain Development
  • Impacts of Childhood Trauma
  • Historical and Intergenerational Trauma
  • Signs and Symptoms of Behavioral Health Conditions
  • Juvenile Suicide
  • The Family Experience
  • Evidence-based Treatments
  • Psychopharmacological Treatments
  • Active Listening
  • Crisis Intervention and De-escalation
  • Vicarious Trauma
  • Staff Wellness

*No prior behavioral health training or knowledge is required for participants. In some situations, a jurisdiction may find it useful to jointly train clinical and direct-care staff. This joint training ensures that all agency staff receive the same information, and have the opportunity to discuss any questions or issues that may arise during the training.* (Information is from National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice)

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