Managing the behavior of youth in custody is a key component in ensuring the security of the facility and the safety of those working, residing, or volunteering within it. Historically, custodial facilities relied on physical control of individuals to accomplish security and safety goals. However, physical control did little to deter dangerous situations. Today’s custodial facilities rely on strategies aimed at managing the behavior of residents to accomplish safety and security goals. This course will give staff providing direct care and supervision to youth in confinement facilities an overview of behavior management and strategies they can use when supervising youth in custody in non-crisis situations. There is great variation in how agencies implement behavior management programs. Therefore, this course will provide a general overview of common behavior management strategies and how they can be used with youth in your custody and care. You should always refer to your agency's policies and procedures for specific directives.
This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.50 STC credit hours.
Using a Behavioral Management Approach to Supervision of Youth in Confinement
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Behavior and Behavior Management
Working with Adolescents
Challenges Faced by Justice-Involved Youth
A-B-C Model of Behavior
Practice: Geneva’s Story
Behavior Management Defined
Behavior Management Process in Custodial Settings
Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Levels of Behavior Management
Section 3: Behavior Management Strategies
Behavior Management Techniques and Strategies
Youth Worker Strategies for Behavior Management
Educating Residents on Rules and Expectations
Developing Positive Relationships
Modeling Positive Behavior
Practicing Positive Interactions
Using Graduated Responses
Encouraging Use of Learned Skills
Section 4: Conclusion
Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS
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.
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.
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