Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation
PDP plays an integral part in strengthening the skills of those who work with youth placed in the New York State juvenile justice system. PDP staff support the goals of the Office of Children and Family Services Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth (DJJOY) counseling program, designed to help youth gain skills that will enable successful reintegration into the community, reduce recidivism, and promote public safety. PDP experts assist in the development of trauma sensitive, therapeutic environments that foster working with youth on their strengths, and reduce the need for physical intervention.
- Classroom lectures, and large and small group discussions
- Role plays, demonstrations, and skill practice using case discussions and feedback
- On-the-job training, guided follow-up practice, evaluative worksheets
- Group facilitation practice and feedback
PDP offers a three-day team building course, Strengthening the Unit's Approach with Youth, onsite at DJJOY facilities. The course utilizes experiential activities to explore the day-to-day issues faced by unit staff in a non-threatening manner. After taking the course, participants report improved communication, greater unity and consistency, increased sharing of responsibilities for supervision, increased camaraderie, productive unit meetings, staff as better role models for youth and other staff, and an increased awareness of the "team" effort and the impact of an individual on the team.