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Trainings


Thinking For a Change (T4C)
Thinking For a Change (T4C) facilitator training equips staff to deliver the intervention to youth. T4C facilitator training occurs over four consecutive days. Completion of the two-day DJJ Basics of Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change (MI) is a prerequisite to attending T4C facilitator training. T4C is an evidence-based delinquency intervention proven to reduce recidivism and antisocial attitudes and cognitions, major risk factors evident in youth served by the Department. T4C is a twenty-five lesson curriculum with a recommended delivery schedule of twice per week.
Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Motivational Interviewing is a directive, client-centered interaction style for eliciting behavior change by helping youth to explore and resolve ambivalence. Motivational Interviewing training is intended to provide staff members with more effective communication strategies to utilize when interacting with youth. These strategies focus on reducing resistance and are non-confrontational in nature and involve less escalation during the course of interactions. Motivational Interviewing teaches staff to elicit positive youth behavior by enhancing the youths' motivation and encouraging them to take responsibility for their own actions.

The DJJ Basics of MI and the Stages of Change Curriculum (2008) is delivered over two days and involves lecture, role-playing, group activities, and individual readings. Completion of the two-day DJJ Basics of MI and the Stages of Change Curriculum is a prerequisite for attending C-PACT and/or R-PACT training, as well as facilitator training in any of the DJJ recognized evidence-based practices.


LifeSkills Training (LST)
LifeSkills Training (LST) facilitator training equips staff to deliver the intervention to youth. LST facilitator training occurs over two consecutive days. Completion of the two-day DJJ Basics of Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change (MI) is a prerequisite to attaining LST facilitator training. LST is an evidence-based delinquency intervention proven to reduce recidivism, substance use/abuse and aggression, major risk factors evident in youth served by the Department. LST has middle school and high school component options. The middle school curriculum is a fifteen lesson curriculum, while the high school curriculum is a ten lesson curriculum. LST is delivered a minimum of once per week.