Duties of Juvenile Careworkers
The primary mission of juvenile correctional facilities is to prepare juveniles for a successful return to their communities. The focus is on programming and treatment, with security acting as crucial support. Direct care staff play a vital role in the mission of juvenile corrections supervising juveniles in a controlled setting. They may be called youth specialist, juvenile correctional officer, youth worker, and juvenile detention officer. We will use the term “juvenile careworker."
This course examines the juvenile careworker’s role as a role model, supervisor, and leader, as well as his/her duties or responsibilities in programming and treatment, supervision and leadership, and safety and security.
ACA Hours : 12
Understanding Mental Illness
and Treatment in Juveniles
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice says close to 70% of juvenile offenders have a diagnosable mental health disorder, and youths in juvenile placements have nearly three times the risk for suicide as youths in the general population. Supervising youths who have a mental disorder is challenging for juvenile careworkers. These youths are at a higher risk for misbehavior, suicide, and victimization.
In this course, you will learn about what mental illness is, what causes it, and how it affects adolescents, particularly juvenile offenders. You also will examine the common mental disorders that juveniles may have and the treatment that is provided to help them learn new ways of thinking and behaving. This course addresses the role of the juvenile careworker.
ACA Hours : 10
Managing Juvenile Offenders with Mental Illness
Managing Juvenile Offenders with Mental IllnessManaging juveniles with mental illness is challenging for juvenile careworkers. Mental illness can cause youths to act or react based upon what is going on inside them more so than what is going on around them, which can lead to improper and, sometimes, disruptive behaviors. Careworkers need to understand the mentally ill youths on their unit and what works best for managing their behavior in a particular situation.
In this course, you will learn how to identify juvenile offenders with mental illness, both during and after the intake process. You also will learn how to supervise juvenile offenders with mental illness and the techniques for de-escalating a crisis involving these offenders.
ACA Hours : 11