Training and Technical Assistance Overview

Leadership InstituteOn a yearly basis, CJJA will organize and facilitate the Leadership Institute.  The yearly meeting typically occurs in-person.  Due to the current pandemic, the 2021 Leadership Institute was conducted virtually.  The 2021 Leadership Institute consists of pre-recorded and live presentations regarding best practices and innovative programming.  The 2021 Leadership Institute focused on Youth Programming:  Beginning Within the Facility and Continue into the Community. The Leadership Institute conference is supported by funding from Annie E. Casey Foundation.

New Directors Training:  The New Directors Seminar, a proven training vehicle for new directors, uses a peer-to-peer training forum that connects veteran administrators with newly appointed administrators. The New Director training is a 2 day in-person conference.

Deputy Directors Training:  Over the past several decades, the juvenile justice field has recognized and discussed the need for coach supported, peer-learning training for Deputy Directors.  In recent years, juvenile justice agencies throughout the country have expressed increased need and asked that attention and resources be earmarked for this type of training effort.

Facility Director/Superintendent TrainingIn response to the juvenile justice field’s growing need for a juvenile focused training for facility directors and superintendents, CJJA in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, developed a training program for facility leadership overseeing facility operations.  The FST program compromised of a 4-day in-person conference and 6-month training and technical assistance program consisting of webinar series and monthly coaching calls.

Length of Stay (LOS) Policy AcademyThe Length of Stay (LOS) Policy Academy’s goal is to support jurisdictions to identify and address key factors contributing to lengths of stay for youth in post-adjudication placement.  Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators, with funding and support from The Pew Charitable Trusts, are assisting jurisdictions by providing education, consultation, and technical assistance (TA).   The LOS Policy Academy includes virtual training modules, technical assistance calls between participating jurisdictions and TA providers.

Emergency PlanningProvide training and TA for selected sites to facilitate their development of comprehensive emergency plans that address the specific needs of children, youth, and families involved in the justice system, including preparation for an emergency, immediate response to an emergency, and recovery from an emergency. 

Stop Solitary for Kids:  A national effort to end solitary confinement for youth. The campaign is a partnership between the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP), the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators (CJJA), and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University (CJJR).