The Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program is a week-long period of intensive study designed for those who want to improve outcomes for crossover youth by improving multi-system integration and collaboration. The purpose of the program is to unite current and future leaders and increase their knowledge on multi-system reform, cultivate their leadership skills, improve the operation of their organizations, and create a mutually supportive network of individuals across the country committed to systems improvement and reform.
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Participants in the Multi-System Integration Certificate Program receive instruction from national experts on cutting edge ideas, policies and practices including multi-system approaches, cost efficiency procedures, collaborative leadership techniques and proactive communication strategies. Upon completion, participants receive an Executive Certificate from Georgetown University, membership into CJJR’s Fellows Network and ongoing support from its staff.
As part of the program, participants are required to develop and submit a Capstone Project – a set of actions designed to initiate or continue multi-system reform efforts. After the Capstone Project is developed and approved by Georgetown University, participants are offered technical assistance from instructors to aid in the implementation of their project during the twelve-month period following the completion of the program session. The project can focus on a variety of topic areas, including the reduction of entry into the system and institutional placement, disparities and disproportionality, and cross-system case planning and management. It may also be focused on creating an advocacy agenda supporting a multi-system approach, or conducting research on topics related to crossover youth or multi-system reform.
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Tuition & Application
Tuition & Application
Tuition for the program is $4,500 per applicant. There are a limited number of subsidies available of up to $1,000 per applicant. Read more about tuition.
This Certificate Program was last held November 10-16, 2016 and will not be held in 2017. Please check back on our website in 2018 for information about the next MSI Certificate 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 position to move reform efforts forward upon completion of the program. Participants can be individuals working on best practices regarding multi-system integration at the local, state, or national levels.
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, education and other related systems of care.
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
Participants will study and utilize the practices and policies identified through the Center’s ongoing investigation and research. The curriculum will employ adult learning principles and combine didactic instruction with self-directed learning and practical application. Brief descriptions of the program modules are provided below.
Building a Multi-System Approach
Presents research on crossover youth to give participants a comprehensive understanding of the characteristics of this population, what contributes to “crossing over,” and how crossover youth experience youth serving systems. Provides instruction focused on the development of effective practices, protocols and policies for this population.
Addresses transformative/collaborative leadership and how to expand thinking about various situations leaders are likely to encounter in utilizing multi-system approaches and forming new partnerships.
Behavioral Health and Trauma
Focuses on the behavioral health and trauma related challenges of youth involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Presents a multi-system context and addresses how systems can work together to ensure the behavioral health needs of crossover youth are met, with a special emphasis on trauma-informed care.
Highlights the importance of including education partners in the multi-system efforts required to best address the needs of crossover youth. Identifies the education-related challenges faced by youth known to multiple systems, identifies and explores effective educational practices for these youth, and discusses strategies for engaging education partners in this work.
Focuses on identifying the factors that lead to the disproportionate representation of youth of color in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, including the disparate treatment they receive at key decision points in those systems. Explores promising practices that systems can employ to reduce disproportionality.
Family and Youth Engagement
Focuses on the role of organization leaders in engaging families and youth; ways to communicate to staff the importance of engaging families and youth in a more empowering manner; the assessment of system and organization culture and values in relation to family and youth engagement in case assessment, planning, and management; and ways to engage youth and families as active participants in programs, as well as in strategic planning and policy development.
Measurement and Data Analysis
Provides a background on measurement and discusses constructing Capstones, complications of measuring a multi-system project, measuring Capstone outcomes and disaggregating input and output data.
Examines the use of proactive and reactive communication approaches that will enhance the building of public and political will around collaborative system reforms for the crossover youth population. Covers strategic message development and delivery for both external (media/community) and internal (agency) purposes, including how to develop joint messaging strategies across a variety of community partners.
Building a Multi-System Approach to Financing
Presents innovative and flexible financing strategies that can be used to build an integrated system for youth involved in multiple child-serving systems. Topics covered include financial mapping; the blending, braiding, and pooling of funds; payment reforms; and reinvestment strategies to promote and sustain collaborative reforms.
Core instructors for the program include:
- Shay Bilchik, Director and Research Professor, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
- Wendy Blome, Associate Professor, National Catholic School of Social Service
- Kathy Bonk, Executive Director, Communications Consortium Media Center
- Hernan Carvente, Program Analyst, Center on Youth Justice, Vera Institute of Justice
- Tim Decker, Director, Missouri Department of Social Services’ Children’s Division
- Denise Herz, Professor, California State University- Los Angeles
- Clinton Lacey, Director, District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
- Peter Leone, Professor, University of Maryland
- Monique Marrow, Juvenile Justice Consultant/Trainer, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, University of Connecticut, University of Kentucky, Center on Trauma and Children
- Michael Sanders, National Consultant on Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare
- Ryan Shanahan, Research Director, Center on Youth Justice, Vera Institute of Justice
- Ginny Sprang, Professor, University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry; Executive Director, University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children
Lois Weinberg, Professor, California State University, Los Angeles
Jennifer Woolard, Associate Professor, Georgetown University Department of Psychology; Co-Director, Georgetown University Graduate Program in Developmental Science
What our participants are saying
What our participants are saying
“It was a great pleasure to attend the MSI Certificate Program. Shay and his staff put together a great program that was informative and innovative. The presenters were outstanding and were able to put everything in perspective. It helped me understand a great deal of what the challenges are with the child welfare and delinquency systems. I would highly recommend for anyone who is dealing with this issue to attend this program. Thank you to Shay for the opportunity to allow me to have such a great experience.”
Omar Mestre, Supervisor, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Florida | Class of 2015
“Our 2015 Multi System Integration class consisted mostly of groups from different states and counties, except for our table, which consisted of two individuals and two of us from NY. We bonded really quickly with the individuals (from Florida and Michigan) and found we had much in common about the problems facing our youth. With each classroom presentation we brainstormed some great ideas for utilizing an integrative, multi-system approach. The exchange with the other participants was very helpful in generating additional ideas for working with systems and youth.
The curriculum for this week-long course weaved in essential topics for understanding the importance of a multi systems integration approach. It touched on key areas for enhancing an understanding of our youth and the many systems involved. Excellent recommendations were made for the application of the concepts and theories behind the multi systems perspective. This program has provided us with new insight for working with youth dually involved in the systems of Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice. We are excited about our Capstone Project and have set a goal in 2016 to highlight this problem, raise awareness, and create meaningful change for youth in New York City.”
New York City Team | Class of 2015
- Babette Spain, Special Projects Coordinator, Division of Preventive Services, NYC Administration for Children’s Services
- Kelly Acevedo, Associate Commissioner, Division of Preventive Services, NYC Administration for Children’s Services
“Attending the Multi-System Integration Certificate Program provided our cross systems community stakeholders the unique opportunity to remove ourselves from home turf and to jointly and equally share in learning a common language and better understand our common moral imperative to improve outcomes for our most vulnerable youth. Each of our perspectives were broadened as were our respect for each other and the systems we serve in. Through data and information sharing we were able to get to the tough questions and tough answers regarding current barriers to serving children in out of home placement and then collaboratively working on solutions to those barriers.
Developing a deeper knowledge of Results Based Accountability has allowed each of us to return home better prepared to educate our respective system leaders on why we should care about better outcomes for Children in Need of Care crossing over to the Juvenile Justice system and why we should respond differently as an investment in the lives of these vulnerable youth. The positive impact for each us has yet to be truly quantified as our work now begins. We have great expectations for our systems and the youth we collectively serve and great appreciation for the dynamic learning opportunity made available to us through the MSI Certificate Program at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.”
Sedgwick County, Kansas Team | Class of 2014
Laurie Tochiki, President & CEO, EPIC `Ohana, Hawaii | Class 0f 2014
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