Using a Behavioral Management Approach to Supervision of Youth in Confinement

Using a Behavioral Management Approach to Supervision of Youth in Confinement 

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.


Hours: 1.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 1.50 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 1.50 STC credit hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-SJCF-V2
Hours: 1.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2024
Learning Objectives:
Define behavior management.
Explain the A-B-C Model of behavior.
Discuss 4 challenges justice-involved youth face.
Distinguish between primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of behavior management in custodial settings.
Identify 7 behavior management techniques and strategies youth workers can use when supervising youth in custody.

Using a Behavioral Management Approach to Supervision of Youth in Confinement

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

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

Focus Shift



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

Providing Feedback



Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributors




Expert Reviewer: Debbie Gonzalez

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 declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Corrections.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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