Suicide in Juvenile Facilities Part 3: Effective Management & Response for Preventing Suicide

Suicide in Juvenile Facilities Part 3: Effective Management & Response for Preventing Suicide 

Staff working in juvenile facilities have a duty to protect young people in their custody and care. This includes protecting them from self-harm and suicide. This course is designed to provide information to youth workers working in juvenile detention facilities and other community confinement facilities that house juveniles with information to effectively supervise those at-risk for suicide. You will be given the chance to apply your knowledge in a series of interactive exercises that test your understanding of the course material.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-JFSICP3
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 5/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
List the 3 most common ways residents attempt or complete suicide.
Discuss 4 responsibilities youth workers have in supervising and responding to juveniles who are identified as at-risk for suicide.
Discuss 4 types of suicide precautions used within juvenile correctional facilities.
Explain the importance of effective communication between youth workers and healthcare staff.


Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Suicide in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

A.  Suicide in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

B.  Resident Wilkinson’s Story

C.  Hanging and Strangulation

D.  Resident Lee’s Story

E.  Drug Overdoses

F.  Resident Cook’s Story

G.  Self-Inflicted Wounds

H.  Where Do Suicides Occur?

I.  Review

J.  Summary

Section 3: Techniques for Supervising Individuals At-Risk for Suicide

A.  Meet Resident Phelps

B.  A Note About Suicide Risk

C.  A Youth Worker’s Duties in Response to Suicide Risk

D.  Communicate Effectively

E.  Tools to Help You Communicate

F.  Communication Errors

G.  Review

H.  Follow Recommended Suicide Precautions

I.  Housing Assignments

J.  Observation

K.  Technology to Aide Observation

L.  Personal Products

M.  Privileges

N.  Review

O.  Refer to Services

P.  Provide Support to Residents

Q.  Collaborate with Providers

R.  Review

S.  Documentation

T.  Review

U.  Revisiting Resident Phelps

V.  Summary

Section 4: Conclusion

A.  Summary

B.  Course Contributors

C.  Resource

D.  References

E.  Congratulations!

F.  Exam

E.  BrainSparks

Staff Writer: Kimberly Cobb, MS

Mrs. Cobb is a Lead SME Writer/Trainer at Relias. Her primary writing responsibilities are in the Health and Human Services vertical, in the content areas of public safety and behavioral health. Mrs. Cobb is also the onboarding trainer for new Relias staff joining the Content Department. Mrs. Cobb has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Correctional and Juvenile Justice Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has over 24 years of experience working in criminal and juvenile justice. Her work includes direct service, research, and training and technical assistance. She was the statewide evaluator for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for adult, juvenile, and family drug courts; a Research Associate for the American Probation & Parole Association providing training and technical assistance to Native American Nations/Alaska Native Villages on systemic criminal and juvenile justice initiatives; and a Research Administrator for the University of Kentucky.

Disclosure: Kimberly Cobb, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Dee K. Bell, PhD
Dr. Dee Bell is a clinical psychologist and consultant in the areas of Restorative Justice, Juvenile Justice and Correctional Assessments. She retired as the Deputy Commissioner of Juvenile Justice at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Previously, she served for four years as the Administrator of the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University and the Director of the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Prior to these positions, she has worked 30 + years in Community Corrections for Georgia and Florida State Government. Educated at Clemson University and Emory University, she has provided training in both state and national venues for many years and has authored and co-authored a number of articles on justice system issues and adult and juvenile justice curricula and restorative justice in communities and schools. Disclosure: Dee K. Bell, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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