CJJA webinars are grouped by the OJJDP and the Center for Coordinated Assistance to the States (CCAS) Initiatives, CJJA Committees, or Partnership Series. See below for the individual webinar listings and links to the recordings.
Webinars by Type
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Code of Practice for Harm and Violence
July 14. 2020 . This webinar will address the need for national standards and a universal training approach for safe crisis intervention, violence reduction, and harm prevention in juvenile justice systems. The Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators (CJJA) and partner organizations have developed a Code of Practice to encourage strategies and training that embraces least-restrictive, developmentally appropriate interventions and best practices. The Code of Practice focuses on reducing the use of all forms of restraint including physical, mechanical, and chemical, and promotes the reduction and elimination of isolation as a safety response technique. The panelists will discuss key aspects of the Code of Practice and give insights into its necessity.
Emergency and Pandemic Planning- CJJA and AIR 2020
June 10, 2020. In this webinar, Emergency and Pandemic Planning for Juvenile Facilities, Simon G. Gonsoulin, Principal Researcher for the American Institutes of Research (AIR), provides an overview highlighting the key components that all emergency and pandemic plans must address. Michelle Staples-Horne, Medical Director for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), delivers a detailed view of the GA DJJ pandemic plan and describes the specific actions taken across the state in juvenile facilities to ensure the health and safety of youth. DJJ Commissioner Tyrone Oliver outlines the next steps to re-open the juvenile justice system, and facility directors share challenges and lessons learned.
July 14th, 2020 CJJA hosted a webinar “2020 Emergency Planning and Technical Assistance (TA) Program” with the following description:
Training and Technical Assistance (TA) is available to assist sites in their development of comprehensive emergency plans in alignment with the principles outlined in OJJDP’s Emergency Planning for Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities Guide. The American Institutes of Research (AIR) and the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators (CJJA) have been awarded funding by OJJDP to assist up to four sites (States, tribes, jurisdictions, and individual facilities) in their development and implementation of an emergency plan for juvenile residential facilities. Sites that meet the eligibility criteria and are committed to enhancing their emergency planning are encouraged to attend this informational webinar.
Navigating the Impact of COVID 19 on Juvenile Justice
4/14/2020 The COVID-19 pandemic currently presents significant challenges for juvenile justice policy and practice. In the face of this crisis, juvenile justice leaders and partners are working around the clock to keep youth, families, staff, and communities safe. This webinar, hosted by the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators, will feature three juvenile justice agency leaders for a discussion of the challenges their agencies are facing and the strategies they are implementing in response. Juvenile justice practitioners and partners are invited to hear how these leaders and their systems are navigating the impact of COVID-19 across various key areas, including:
– Meeting the needs of youth and families
– Supporting staff wellbeing
– Maintaining facility safety and programming
– Providing community-based supervision and services
CJJA and Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS)
4/21/2020 –Making Education Work in Secure Settings during COVID 19
The Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS) will bring together a panel of education practitioners to offer insights on how to keep educating students held in secure settings during this challenging time. We will focus on juvenile justice agency and education provider partnerships that support educational access and opportunity given the wide range of challenges that confront institutions during the COVID-19 outbreak.
CSG On Track Webinar Series 2020
9/23/2020 CJJA and CSG Present: Rethinking the Role of the Juvenile Justice System: Improving Youth’s School Attendance and Success
Jurisdictions around the country are beginning a uniquely challenging school year and reconsidering how they will deal with issues related to student absences and behavior. This webinar will present findings from an unprecedented study conducted by the CSG Justice Center on the impact of juvenile justice system supervision on youth’s school attendance that raises important questions and concerns about the traditional roles and responsibilities that juvenile justice systems nationwide have taken on in promoting school engagement and success. The webinar will highlight key findings from the study and identify important implications for juvenile justice and school policy and practice as well as potential alternative approaches. Study findings will be discussed within the broader context of improving the “front end” of the juvenile justice system (including arrest and diversion) as jurisdictions across the country wrestle with the appropriate role of law enforcement and the justice system in schools and in the lives of young people more generally.
8/26/2020 CJJA and CSG Present: Removing Barriers to Employment
As the fourth in a series of six of the On Track: A Webinar Series on Improving Employment Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System.
Removing barriers to employment to ensure that youth have the ability to obtain viable employment in the community, continue their education, and transition to independence, juvenile justice agencies need to partner with other agencies to eliminate or mitigate collateral consequences, such as eliminating required questions related to criminal history on employment, college, financial aid, and housing applications. This session will focus on what tools exist to support identifying potential barriers to employment, and highlight resources that exist to help identify the legal restrictions and barriers that youth with juvenile convictions may face. Featuring Lucretia Murphy, Senior Director, Jobs for the Future. Her work focuses on people and places—developing integrated strategies that increase economic opportunity for individuals and economic prosperity for communities. This work emphasizes approaches that confront structural racism and other forms of bias in institutional and systemic policies, practices, and processes. Lucretia’s areas of expertise include education and employment strategies for people who are incarcerated and preparing to reenter their communities.
6 /10/2020 CJJA and CSG Present Developing Partnerships with Key Educational Entities and Workforce Development Providers
This webinar will feature a deeper dive into the survey findings around the development of partnerships between juvenile justice systems and key educational partners such as community colleges, technical schools, and CTE program providers. The webinar will discuss the role that these entities can play in supporting workforce development for juvenile justice youth, as well as how these partnerships can help systems leverage key funding streams and improve the collection of data. Furthermore, the session will detail how correctional education facilitators from across the country are adapting to the Covid-19 situation and lessons learned from these approaches. The CSG Justice Center will be joined by Susan Lockwood-Roberts, President of the Correctional Education Association and former Director of Juvenile Education at the Indiana Department of Corrections.
2/19/2020 The Need for CTE and Workforce Services for Youth in the Juvenile Justice Systems
This webinar will discuss the changing landscape of the juvenile justice system and the increased need for CTE and workforce development services for this population. This session will feature an overview of the findings and lessons learned from the 50-state survey on how workforce development services are identified and provided to youth in the juvenile justice system and some of the challenges and limitations that states and jurisdictions are experiencing.
Positive Youth Outcomes Committee 2020
CJJA Positive Youth Outcomes Committee Presents: Education and Technology Strategies During COVID-19
The Positive Youth Outcomes Committee is pleased to welcome Frank Martin, Director of World Possible Justice, to the webinar platform to share his experience with bringing juvenile justice jurisdictions up to speed and on board with virtual technology services. Frank will discuss from a “boots on the ground” perspective how using technology as the “new normal” in his presentation, “Education and Technology Strategies During COVID – 19”. Frank will provide an overview of, e-learning via the virtual classroom, staff training, treatment, external networking, and familial engagement. At the close of the presentation, webinar participants are invited to ask questions and receive technical assistance for challenges particular to their own sites.
CJJA Positive Youth Outcomes Presents: Supervision and Community Support Strategies During COVID19
The Positive Youth Outcomes Committee is thrilled to announce Supervision and Community Support Strategies During COVID19 webinar that will be held on Monday September 14, 2020 from 4:00pm (EST) to 5:00pm (EST). The three presenters Avik Das, Esq. Director and Chief Probation Officer Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services, Chicago, Illinois, Carl Miranda, Director along with Tha Thai and Adrian Major of ROCA Boston and Eva Moore Deputy Director of Aftercare, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice will solicit audience discussion and questions regarding innovative and proven practices for connecting with youth during a pandemic and social unrest. Our three practitioner presenters will frame the discussion by providing an overview of the services they provide in their jurisdictions to keep youth connected and focused during the 2020 COVID19 pandemic.
CJJA Positive Youth Outcomes Committee Present Engaging the Arts Across the Juvenile Justice System
Please join us as Krystal Johnson, Project Manager for the Arts Education Partnership, Education Commission of the States, and Katie Cohn, Assistant Director of Educational Services at the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, discuss Engaging the Arts Across the Juvenile Justice System. Across the country, leaders in the arts, education, juvenile justice and public policy have been engaging the arts in prevention, intervention, transition and healing efforts to improve outcomes and opportunities for youth involved with the juvenile justice system. Arts education can play a key role in the development of youth and in creating supportive environments. Study findings show that the arts provide opportunities to build self-efficacy, achieve personal goals, and support positive civic outcomes. By sharing policy considerations and highlighting a program example, this session will spotlight resources and share insights for engaging the arts to support social-emotional learning, including reduced likelihood of engaging in risky behavior, improved interpersonal relationships, and a restored sense of community and self-worth.
3/2/2020- CJJA PYO Committee Presents Utilizing the Arts for Healing and Transformation
This webinar is with Fabian Fedora, Executive Director of Somos LAarte Art Academy, discussing Art Education, Culture and Ancestral Norms, Survival, Gang Subculture, and Resiliency.
2/4/2020 – CJJA Positive Youth Outcomes Committee- Operational Change A Focus on Dosage
A look at Utah Department of Juvenile Justice’s usage of dosage to make facilities safer.
OJJDP CCAS Webinars (RIYF, SRR, Toolkit, etc)
Sep. 25, 2018. Reducing Isolation in Youth Facilities TTA Program – Strategies for Working With Your Most Challenging Youth. See below for link to the power point presentation.
June 5, 2018 Reducing Isolation in Youth Facilities TTA Program – Applying PYD Strategies to Reduce the Use of Isolation and Ensure Youth Safety. See below for link to the power point presentation.
PYO Committee 2018-2019
Positive Youth Outcomes Committee
2018 Educational Series
Overview: Education is a critical outcome metric for juvenile justice administrators and practitioners. CJCA and the Positive Youth Outcomes Committee (PYO) have embraced the importance of pursuing and measuring positive outcomes in addition to more traditional negative outcomes like parole revocations and recidivism. In 2017 a small “ad hoc” sub group* from the CJCA PYO Committee, decided to put together an education series that would show case and explore best practices nationally as a way of supporting CJCA directors in pursuit of the best educational programs possible in our respective jurisdictions.
1. Monday February 5, 2018. Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
- Phil Harris, Associate professor emeritus Temple University/ CJCA, Simon Gonsoulin, American Institutes for Research (AIR), Kate Burdick and Nadia Mozzafar, Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia, PA
This session was designed to anchor the series in research. It was acknowledged that the field would benefit from more robust research particularly connecting educational success with lower recidivism outcomes. See below for the link to the power point presentation.
- Monday March 12, 2018. Classroom Excellence in Secure Residential Facilities: David Domenici, Director CEEAS. David as usual did an excellent job outlining the characteristics of a high quality juvenile correctional educational program and issued a challenge to the field related to the urgency associated with providing youth in custody an educational service menu equal to what they would receive in their home community.
3. Monday April 2, 2018 Behavioral Strategies in the Classroom and Facility/Campus:
Kristine Jolivette, University of Alabama; Christine Doyle, Georgia Department of Justice
A major focus of this session was on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as a behavioral support framework. The Georgia team was able to describe how they have effectively integrated their youth engagement strategy across the classroom and life space components of the facility based programs.
4. Monday May 7, 2018 Technology in the Classroom and Living Space:
Frank Martin, US Director of World Possible, (Former Education Director, Oregon Youth Authority); Michael Conn, Willamette Education Service District, Youth Corrections Education Program OYA
Frank and Mike shared their experience with technology and how that opens doors to enrich the learning process for youth in facilities. Technology is here to stay and this session provided the audience with ideas and strategies to improve in this critical and emerging area of juvenile correctional education.
5. Monday June 4, 2018
Obstacles and Remedies to Re-Enrollment and Engagement of Adjudicated Youth
Peter Leone, Professor, College of Education/University of Maryland
Heather Griller-Clark, Professor, Arizona State University
Peter and Heather were able to provide a comprehensive webinar that blended content from a national perspective as well as local “hands on” strategies for CJCA Directors to engage local school districts and municipalities in order to improve education and workforce development reentry.
- Monday July 16, 2018 Effective Re-Entry Practices:
Jacob Agus-Kleiman, Council State Governments and Kim Godfrey, Executive Director PbS Learning Institute
In this webinar Kim and Jacob effectively shared the elements and rationale for a thoughtful, evidence based approach to re-entry with a focus on educational re-entry. CSG and PbS are both committed to improving national best practice to ensure the best possible outcomes for youth returning to their home communities from facility-based programming.
- Monday August 6, 2018. Post-Secondary Strategies:
J.D La Rock, CEO Commonwealth Corporation Massachusetts
- September 10, 2018
Outcomes / Measurement: Phil Harris, Associate Professor Emeritus Temple University
Jeffrey Butts, Director, Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College
- Nov. 5, 2018 Special Education
Simon Gonsoulin, principal researcher at AIR and director for the National Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Neglected or Delinquent Children and Youth (NDTAC). Simon Gonsoulin and Joseph Gagnon, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Florida will present. Dr. Gagnon’s research focuses on ensuring youth at the greatest risk for educational, behavioral, and social failure are provided the supports necessary for long-term success in school and society.
This webinar will address the needs of youth with emotional disturbance and learning disabilities who are placed in secure facilities or in residential treatment facilities.
* Planning and development committee: Phil Harris Associate Professor Emeritus Criminal Justice at Temple University, Simon Gonsoulin researcher at the American Institutes for Research, Michele Philips Special Projects Coordinator at DYS Massachusetts and Peter Forbes Commissioner of DYS Massachusetts.
10. On Jan. 24, 2019 CJCA’s Positive Youth Outcomes Committee hosted a webinar on Policy Implications.
CJCA has sponsored a year- long educational series intended to support the CJCA membership in delivering high quality educational services to the youth that we serve. Education is a critical deliverable for juvenile justice administrators and increasingly important to the youth’s positive outcomes and a successful reentry. It was the PYO’s Committees’ goal to share with our participants the message that the correctional education landscape is changing as we learn more about the importance of class room excellence, technology, effective re-entry, post -secondary strategies, special education and other key elements of a comprehensive educational system.
PYO Committee 2019 Webinars
CJCA’s Positive Youth Outcomes Committee Webinar – LGBTQI Introductory Overview and Call to Action
June 3, 2019
Shannon Wilber, Esq., Youth Policy Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights along with Currey Cook of Lambda Legal and the Director of the Youth In Out Of Home Care Project provided an introductory overview of the terminologies, concept, disparities, policy challenges and systems of care for LGBTQI youth. The webinar focused on the “why now” by laying the ground work for the second webinar on June 11 which will look at the topic from a practitioners perspective to providing a practical approach to shaping the work.
Video Recording: https://bit.ly/2WHsZyQ
PowerPoint PDF: https://bit.ly/2KNrqIz
This webinar includes the following panel members: Samantha A. Wilson, Youth and Staff Safety Coordinator / PREA Coordinator, Colorado Division of Youth Services (DYS); Anders Jacobson, Director for the Colorado Division of Youth Services and Avery Niles, Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. This webinar follows the June 3rd webinar on LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system and will be focused on implementing policy and practice improvements.
Toward Equity Training Curriculum
Statement of Preference form from Colorado
Behavioral Health Committee 2018-2019
July 31, 2019 – Behavioral Health Committee Webinar with Robert M. Turillo, Assistant Commissioner for Program Services Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. This will include an overview of their Behavior Management System (BMS) and Supportive Programming including: staff support and training; and how BMS became operationalized over time; and their methods for tracking.
link to webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Yf9Aq-CJWc
Nov. 28, 2018
Dr. John Rapp, BCBA-D, LBA, and Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program, Department of Psychology, Auburn University presented. Auburn University’s School of Psychology has provided treatment services for the Alabama Department of Youth Services, Accountability Based Sex Offender Program (ABSOP) for nearly 20 years. Dr. Rapp and the ABA Program has joined this effort in the last few years to augment the treatment services traditionally provided. This presentation shares the approach and results of initial ABA efforts being done in the program.
Sep. 26, 2018 Staff Informed Care
May 15, 2018 LGBTQ Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings: Closing the Gap between Recommended Practice and Reality
- Behavioral Health Committee Webinar with Robert M. Turillo, Assistant Commissioner for Program Services Massachusetts Department of Youth Services. This will include an overview of their Behavior Management System (BMS) and Supportive Programming including: staff support and training; and how BMS became operationalized over time; and their methods for tracking.