Transforming Juvenile Probation Training Series Now Online — and Free

Updated April 30, 2024 | Posted January 10, 2024
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
A black man and a black youth lean against a railing outdoors and smile at the camera.

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion has released a new train­ing series aimed at help­ing pro­fes­sion­als and com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions advance juve­nile pro­ba­tion reforms. The series, called Trans­form­ing Juve­nile Pro­ba­tion, spans sev­en inter­ac­tive ses­sions and is now avail­able — for free online.

Reg­is­ter for the Train­ing Series

What Is Pro­ba­tion Transformation?

Pro­ba­tion trans­for­ma­tion fun­da­men­tal­ly reimag­ines how pro­ba­tion offi­cers work. It exam­ines and address­es what’s in the way of get­ting pro­ba­tion right, includ­ing struc­ture, cul­ture, inter­ven­tion strate­gies and rela­tion­ships. It’s designed to engage fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties in help­ing young peo­ple grow, adopt pos­i­tive behav­iors and achieve long-term success.

About the Youth Pro­ba­tion Train­ing Series

The series aims to help pro­ba­tion lead­ers, their staff and com­mu­ni­ty part­ners learn, con­tem­plate and apply strate­gies that will fun­da­men­tal­ly change the struc­ture and cul­ture of youth pro­ba­tion. The cours­es are prac­ti­tion­er-test­ed and expert-informed and include input from young peo­ple and fam­i­lies who have expe­ri­enced juve­nile probation.

Learn­ers will have oppor­tu­ni­ties to reflect on the big­ger pic­ture of youth jus­tice in the Unit­ed States, the role of pro­ba­tion and what we hope to achieve on behalf of young peo­ple,” says Steve Bish­op, asso­ciate direc­tor of Pro­ba­tion and Sys­tem Trans­for­ma­tion at the Casey Foundation.

The fol­low­ing cours­es make up the train­ing series:

  • Course 1: Intro­duc­tion to Pro­ba­tion Transformation
  • Course 2A: Intro­duc­tion to Racial Equity
  • Course 2B: Racial equi­ty and Com­mu­ni­ty Partnership
  • Course 3: The Ado­les­cent Brain and Youth Development
  • Course 4: Youth Part­ner­ship and Pos­i­tive Youth Justice
  • Course 5: Fam­i­ly Partnership
  • Course 6: Intro­duc­tion to Trauma
  • Course 7: Orga­ni­za­tion­al Culture

Learn more about the courses

The cours­es run from 90 min­utes to three hours and are designed to be tack­led in order. The train­ing can accom­mo­date indi­vid­ual and group learn­ers, with juris­dic­tion mem­bers com­ing togeth­er for dis­cus­sions with­in or after each course.

Each par­tic­i­pant earns a cer­tifi­cate for com­plet­ing all lessons in a course.

Watch the Infor­ma­tion Session

Learn more about the series from this brief recording.

Explore School & Main Institute’s Reimag­in­ing Juve­nile Jus­tice curriculum

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