Youth in Custody
The Youth in Custody Certificate Program is designed to help leaders implement or accelerate systemic change to improve outcomes for youth in post-adjudication custody. Most efforts to date have focused on ensuring that low and moderate-risk youth are not committed to juvenile justice facilities. Less attention has been paid to best practices for serving the high-risk youth who are in the custody of the juvenile justice system. Also, while research has shown the juvenile justice field “what works” for this population, it is often difficult for juvenile justice systems to reform their practices to be in line with best practices.
The Youth in Custody Certificate Program provides an interactive and dynamic learning environment with instruction from national experts on cutting edge ideas, policies and practices from across the country. Specifically, the program focuses on the serious, high-risk juvenile offender population and utilizes modules that review and integrate best practices including family engagement, trauma informed treatment and strengths-based approaches.
Upon completion participants receive an Executive Certificate from Georgetown University, membership into CJJR’s Fellows Network and ongoing support from its staff. This professional development program was developed with support from the Missouri Department of Social Services’ Division of Youth Services.
As part of the program, participants are required to develop and implement a Capstone Project – a set of actions designed to initiate or continue collaborative efforts related to improving outcomes for youth in the post-adjudication custody of the juvenile justice system. Participants develop and implement the Capstone Project during the twelve-month period following the completion of their certificate program session. During that time, they are offered technical assistance from instructors.
Examples of Capstone Projects include: developing a more robust array of services for youth in secure settings, reducing the use of large congregate placements for youth in custody, incorporating a variety of best practices into residential facilities in the participant’s jurisdiction, a concerted effort to improve mental health services for youth in care, and more.
Learn more about Capstone Projects.
Tuition & Application
Tuition & Application
The tuition for the Youth in Custody Certificate Program is $2,500 per person. Tuition subsidies are available for participants with demonstrated financial need and who show a heightened readiness to utilize the curriculum to undertake changes in their local community. Read more about tuition.
This Certificate Program was held May 9-13, 2016. The application period is now closed. Please check back on our website in 2017 for more information about next year’s program.
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While there are no minimum education or experience requirements to apply, a preference will be given to those in a professional position to move reform efforts forward upon completion of the program. Participants can be individuals working on youth in custody issues at the local, state, or national level.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as a team of up to seven individuals from the same jurisdiction. While each application will be reviewed on an individual basis, the value of this team approach will be considered in our review of applicants. CJJR particularly encourages teams comprised of both public and private agency leaders.
Teams should be comprised of applicants with demonstrated readiness for implementing reforms, especially efforts that engage leaders in other systems, and their agency’s relationship with other child-serving agencies. Team members can be senior level professionals in the juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, education, and other related systems of care.
Required team members include: Juvenile justice agency director / most senior juvenile justice leader in the jurisdiction, and/or key juvenile justice management staff, such as Program Directors, Deputy Directors, facility management, etc.
This program is NOT accepting applications from students who do not also hold a professional role in a child serving organization.
Curriculum & Instructors
Curriculum & Instructors
The curriculum will focus heavily on the change process that is needed to move forward reforms for youth in the custody of the juvenile justice system after case disposition. Case studies and other interactive learning techniques help participants apply the learning to situations they are likely to encounter. The program will also feature an expert panel of leaders that have successfully reformed or supported the way the juvenile justice system serves youth in custody. The curriculum includes the following modules:
Module 1: Culture Change and Leadership Culture
Discusses the importance of a clear vision, mission, and guiding principles of an agency; internal and external communication strategies and constituency
Module 2: Family Engagement
Encourages participants to explore their own assumptions about the families of the youth with whom they work and analyze the challenges associated with effective family and youth engagement.
Module 3: Assessment
Discusses risk and need assessments, individualized treatment planning and coordination of care, and the matching of youth to placement and services that address their risk and needs. Addresses the challenges associated with assessment, and more.
Module 4: Treatment, Services, and Reentry
Discusses how to build capacity to develop the array of services and placements required by youth in juvenile justice custody. Explores effective treatment practices for addressing substance abuse and mental health treatment needs. Discusses elements of trauma-informed-care, best practices for working with youth in residential centers, and more.
Module 5: Education
Discusses comprehensive planning in juvenile corrections, long-term consequences associated with inadequate education and support, how to build capacity to develop the array of services, placements, and educational programming required by youth in juvenile custody, and educational and vocational supports that are critical to effective reentry.
Module 6: Expert Panel
Provides perspectives from a panel of leaders that have successfully reformed or supported the way the juvenile justice system serves youth in custody to provide participants with real-life examples and an opportunity to ask questions.
Core instructors for the program include:
- Shay Bilchik, Director, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
- Hernan Carvente, Program Analyst, Center on Youth Justice, Vera Institute of Justice
- Kelly Dedel, Juvenile Justice Consultant, One in 37 Research, Inc.
- Tim Decker, Director, Missouri Department of Social Services’ Children’s Division
- Peter Leone, Professor, University of Maryland
- Monique Marrow, Juvenile Justice Consultant/Trainer, University of Connecticut, University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children
- Ryan Shanahan, Research Director, Center on Youth Justice, Vera Institute of Justice
- Michael Umpierre, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
- Gina Vincent, Associate Professor and Co-Director, National Youth Screening & Assessment Project, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School
For more information about the curriculum, download the 2016 Youth in Custody Application Packet.
What our participants are saying
What our participants are saying
“Without a doubt, this is the best training program that I have ever attended since moving into a career in Juvenile Justice. Through the various presentations and expert delivery, I can say that I am better prepared now than ever before to effect the necessary changes in the Juvenile Justice System in Saint Lucia. Professionalism and the willingness to share pertinent information were ever present in this room.”
Leonard Terrance, Director, Ministry of Social Transformation Local Government and Community Empowerment, Saint Lucia | Class of 2015
“We sent a large team of professionals responsible for youth in state custody and found the YIC Certificate Program to be completely worthwhile. Each session was rich in content as we benefitted by learning from national leaders in the fields that most impact the success of our work. We received practical ideas, developed stronger leadership capacity and formulated a plan with the help of the CJJR team that we are already putting into action. And it was fun! We are stronger as a team and have been empowered by this amazing experience to make a real difference in juvenile justice in our state and beyond. I encourage anyone interested in better outcomes for youth to take advantage of this wonderful program.”
Jill Mata, General Counsel, Texas Juvenile Justice Department | Class of 2015
“The quality of the Certificate Programs is well known within Nebraska and the expertise that is brought in to present is highly coveted by all professional working in juvenile justice. The group of presenters that were assembled was among the nation’s leaders and experts in the field of juvenile justice providing all participants an incredibly informative and engaging week. With the information gained at the CJJR Certificate Program along with the technical assistance provided by CJJR, we were able to bring back that knowledge to the state of Nebraska and greatly improve our juvenile justice reform efforts in the state. We can’t state enough how valuable and enriching the experience was for both of us.”
Nebraska Department of Probation Team | Class of 2014
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