Over three-fourths of youth in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable behavioral health condition. For supervision officers, this can be a challenging population with which to work. They often are involved in multiple systems and have complex and diverse needs. As such, it is important that juvenile probation officers recognize the symptoms of common behavioral health conditions to facilitate appropriate referrals and understand how a behavioral health disorder can impact the supervision process.
This activity is approved for 2.00 STC credit hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Behavioral Health and Juvenile Justice
Overlap Between Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Involvement
How Justice-Involved Youth Fall Through the Treatment Crack
Common Behavioral Health Disorders
Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders
Bipolar and Related Disorders
Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Substance Use Disorders
Section 3: Challenges and Solutions
System Impacts on Behavioral Health
Why Is This Important?
Know About Psychotropic Drugs
Strategies to Improve Supervision Outcomes
Use Trauma-Informed Practices
Build Healthy Relationships with Youth
Consider Their Condition When Sanctioning
Focus on Strengths
Collaborate with Treatment and Other Service Providers
Section 4: Conclusion
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.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.
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