A youth worker plays an important role in the juvenile justice system. A youth worker is responsible for providing for the safety, security, and well-being of justice-involved youth adjudicated to a custodial setting. This course will provide staff providing direct care/supervision to youth in confinement facilities with an overview of the common functions and tasks performed by youth workers and descriptions of traits of an effective youth worker. Additionally, you will learn ways for youth workers to maintain ethical boundaries.
This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.
This activity is approved for 1.25 STC credit hours.
Section 1: Introduction
A. About This Course
B. Learning Objectives
Section 2: Responsibilities and Tasks of a Youth Worker
A. Description of a Youth Worker
B. Types of Facilities
C. Common Responsibilities and Tasks of a Youth Worker
D. Security and Safety
F. Behavior Management
G. Positive Youth Development
H. Report Writing
J. Organizational Support
Section 3: Traits of an Effective Youth Worker
A. Traits of a Youth Worker
B. Being Adept at Working with Youth
C. Being Professional
D. Maintaining Ethical Boundaries
E. Being Empathetic
F. Able to Use Critical Thinking Skills
G. Being Patient
H. Being Physically and Mentally Fit
I. Being a Team Player
Section 4: Conclusion
B. Course Contributors
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.
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