|The Certificate Programs are periods of intensive study designed for organization and system leaders working with youth known to, or at risk of entering, the juvenile justice system. The programs utilize a multi-systems and multi-disciplinary approach in focusing on policies, programs and practices that improve outcomes for this population, including a focus on "crossover youth"--i.e. youth known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Upon completion of the program, participants apply the knowledge they gain via a Capstone Project--a reform agenda they implement in their organization/community to make a positive impact on the lives of youth.
The purpose of the Certificate Programs is to bring together current and future leaders to increase their
knowledge, improve the operation of their organizations, provide an opportunity for the development of leadership skills, and create a mutually supportive network of
individuals across the country committed to systems reform.
A brief description of each of our Certificate Programs is below. More information about each program is available at the links provided.
Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program
CJJR offers a week-long Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program. This program is designed to cover the variety of issues impacting crossover youth and multi-system reform to prepare leaders to undertake a wide-range of reforms in their community. The program is designed for those who want to improve outcomes for crossover youth by improving multi-systems integration and collaboration between public agencies and between public and private sectors. This program is geared towards directors, CEOs, managers and other senior level professionals in the juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, education, substance abuse, and other related systems of care in the public and private domains. Advocates, academicians, foundation staff and others will also benefit from attending this program. For more information,
including how to apply, click the link above.
Issue-Specific Certificate Programs
CJJR also offers shorter Certificate Programs on specific juvenile justice issues. The purpose of these programs is to prepare leaders to undertake significant reform in one area. These programs approach each topic from a multi-systems lens, and impact crossover youth, as well as other youth more broadly. These programs can be accessed independently as stand-alone programs and can serve to complement the broad instruction provided at the Multi-System Integration Certificate Program.
Diversion Certificate Program
As the "gatekeepers" to the juvenile system, prosecutors, probation officers and police chiefs play critical roles in reform, especially with regard to diversion. At the present time there are very few places to which these front-line juvenile justice leaders can turn for comprehensive and intensive leadership support and knowledge development surrounding alternatives to formal processing. CJJR, in partnership with the Juvenile Law Center and the National League of Cities, will provide a certificate program for leadership development that explores the complexities of diversion, with a particular focus on transformative and collaborative leadership skills and the key aspects of a strong juvenile justice reform agenda, including alternatives to formal system involvement.
Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program
The Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program is an intensive training designed to support local jurisdictions in their efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in their juvenile justice systems. The target audience for this Certificate Program includes jurisdictions that have identified problems with racial and ethnic disparities but require assistance to develop and implement strategies that will lead to measurable results. For more information on this program, including how to apply, click the link above.
School Justice Partnerships Certificate Program
The School Justice Partnerships program is designed to provide school and district staff, court professionals, law enforcement and other child serving cross-agency community leaders with the knowledge and understanding necessary to address the immediate and long term needs and, ultimately, the positive outcomes of children known to, or at risk of entering, the juvenile justice system in their community. CJJR, in partnership with the American Institutes for Research, will provide this professional development opportunity. For more information on this program, including how to apply, click the link above.
Youth in Custody Certificate Program
This program seeks to shine a brighter light on the high-risk, serious juvenile offender population and help leaders begin or accelerate systemic change to improve outcomes for youth in custody. While the need for a continuum of services and placements throughout the juvenile justice system provides the context for this work, the program focuses on youth in post-adjudication custody. The target audience for the Youth in Custody Certificate Program is public and private sector leaders working in the juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, education and other related systems of care that serve youth in custody in the juvenile justice system. For more information on this program, including how to apply, click the link above.
"The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Youth Services values its partnership with the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University. Over the past several years we have had a significant number of our employees and staff from partner agencies from Massachusetts attend the course offerings. The feedback has been consistently very positive. I personally had the opportunity to attend the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi System Integration Certificate Program. That program was instrumental in driving an active program plan back in Massachusetts and has been a cornerstone of extensive work that we have engaged in to improve the pathway for child welfare involved youth who have begun to penetrate the juvenile justice system."
-Peter J. Forbes (Commissioner, Department of Youth Services, Massachusetts)