Engaging at-risk youth in juvenile justice settings can be challenging for even the most seasoned professionals. This session will review a successful initiative at one juvenile justice facility supported by the behavioral health, restorative justice, and "credible messenger" teams. The new approach increased youth engagement with cofacilitated group sessions and wellness activities, daily reflection of restorative justice principles, and a revised level system.
Restate the traditional roles and responsibilities of behavioral health, restorative justice, and credible messenger teams
Describe the barriers to traditional approaches to engaging youth in cognitive behavior treatment
Discuss the challenges and successes of combining behavioral health with restorative justice and credible justice programs
Rashida George, MA, DC Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Service
Romita Sillitti, PsyD, CCHP, DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services