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Residential Commitment Services
Overview Of The Juvenile Justice System For Intervention and Residential Commitment Services Staff (36 hours)
Week One is an overview of Florida's juvenile justice system and the roles of staff as outlined in Chapters 984 and 985, Florida Statutes, Children and Families in Need of Services and Delinquency, Interstate Compact for Juveniles. The Friday session includes a unit to acquaint employees with the potential for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens and airborne diseases, covering universal precautions as recommended in OSHA standards and relevant safety issues. The week is broken into seven lessons addressing the following topics:
Module 1  Introduction and Overview
Module 2  Juvenile Justice and the Law
Module 3  Multi-cultural Competencies
Module 4  Indicators of Special Needs Youth/Indicators of
                  Abuse and Neglect
Module 5  Awareness of Personal Safety Issues
Module 6  Conflict Management and Communication
Module 7  Bloodborne Pathogens

Use of Force/Protective Action Response
Week two for Residential Commitment staff consists of the Department of Juvenile Justice's Use of Force Training. This training is required for all personnel in secure detention or Department-operated residential commitment facilities whose duties may require use of physical force and restraining devices while exercising supervision and/or control of youths, or in transporting youths under Department custody. The training is designed to provide staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to properly implement the Department's policy on use of force. This is the first of the preservice curricula to be converted to a competency-based curriculum, requiring satisfaction of minimum standards of performance in attendance, a written examination, and practical skills assessment. At the present time this training is available only to Department staff and staff of specified critical-need provider programs. Other contracted provider programs may contact the Academy about scheduling of Crisis Intervention Techniques: Verbal and Crisis Intervention Techniques: Physical training, which for the present will continue to satisfy Quality Assurance requirements.
Use of Force Training (40 hours)
Module 1  Introduction and Overview
Module 2  Use of Force Policy and Administrative Procedures
Module 3  Legal Foundations and Liability Issues
Module 4  Crisis Prevention and Intervention Techniques
Module 5  Defensive Techniques
Module 6  Written Test and Performance Assessment
Crisis Intervention Techniques: Verbal (16 hours)
Module 1  Understanding Adolescent Behavior
Module 2  Smart Prevention Techniques
Module 3  Making Good Decisions
Module 4  Using the S.T.A.R. Decision Tree
Module 5  The First Response: Verbal Intervention Skills
Crisis Intervention Techniques: Physical (8 hours)
Module 6  The Last Resort: Physical Intervention
Module 7  Help Out with an Escort
Module 8  Safe Restraints and Returning Control
Module 9  Recovery Techniques to Prevent Future Aggression
Module 10  Safe Release Techniques Skills

The third week of training focuses on treatment planning and related skills, including interviewing, needs assessment, goal writing, and plan monitoring. The highly experiential process is based on the performance planning model (previously called "performance contracting") prescribed by the department for all delinquency treatment programs. It often uses actual case examples from participants' programs as practice models.
Module 1  Facility Case Management
Module 2  Interviewing Skills
Module 3  Performing a Needs Assessment
Module 4  Negotiating a Performance Plan (Contract) with a Youth
Module 5  Implementing a Performance Plan
Module 6  Monitoring a Performance Plan
Module 7  Performance Plan Re-negotiation

Tallahassee Community College, Juvenile Justice Training Academy
339-A East Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL, 32351, USA
Phone: 1-850-875-4822 SunCom: 282-4822

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