Juvenile correctional facilities come in all shapes and sizes, from secure detention facilities to less-secure group home facilities and everything in -between. However, regardless of the type of facility, staff are responsible for maintaining custody of residents and accounting for their whereabouts at all times. One of the basic but critical duties of a youth worker is to conduct various types of counts to account for all residents, both inside and outside the facility. This course is designed for youth workers and staff working in juvenile correctional facilities. It discusses the types of counts used by juvenile facilities and strategies for maintaining the integrity of each count. It also discusses how residents try to affect the count process in a negative way.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.00 STC credit hours.
Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Types of Counts
A. Youth Workers Mason and West
B. Resident Accountability
C. Controlled Movement
D. Conducting Counts
E. Types of Counts
F. Counting Residents Outside the Facility
G. The Importance of Accuracy
Section 3: Conducting Counts
A. Documenting Counts
B. Counts That Do Not Match
C. Ensuring the Integrity of the Count
D. Ways Residents Avoid Their Absence from Detection
E. Missing Residents
F. Re-Visiting YW’s Mason and West
Section 4: Conclusion
B. Course Contributors
Expert Reviewer: Debbie Gonzalez
Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new staff joining the Relias Content Department. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 25 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, publication development, and training and technical assistance development and delivery.Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
Debbie Gonzalez is a career state employee for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Debbie has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Murray State University. She began her career in 2003 with the Department of Juvenile Justice as a Social Service Worker. Her duties included individual counseling, group counseling, and family counseling. She also became certified in juvenile sex offender counseling, substance abuse counseling, and family engagement strategies. While working at a DJJ group home, she served as the grievance officer, assisted in preparing for ACA audits, performed duty officer rotation, covered youth worker shifts when staff was shorthanded, chaired treatment team meetings, conducted initial treatment plan meetings with the youth and his family, and prepared documents and youth for discharge. In 2013, Debbie was promoted to Social Service Clinician.
In 2015, Debbie changed careers and began working for adult corrections. She currently interviews convicted inmates and prepares presentence sex offender risk assessments prior to final sentencing.Disclosure: Debbie Gonzalez has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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