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YEM/PAR Certification



Information on the Youth Engagement Model / Protective Action Response Certification.

 The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice embarked on a mission to revise the Protective Action Response (PAR) training curriculum. The scope of the revision project is to transition the existing PAR intervention model to the Youth Engagement Model (YEM). The Office of Staff Development and Training (SD&T) in collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders have been charged with the revision project. Right Interactions (PAR) will focus more on trauma responsiveness, verbal and non-physical safety intervention techniques to prevent crisis episodes, while using physical intervention as a last resort. The Right Interactions (PAR) curriculum will offer tools and training in verbal techniques, scenario-based learning for both verbal and physical engagement with youth, and training in physical intervention techniques.


The Right Interactions team consist of the Training and Research Manager and four Training Specialist II positions. The manager has overall responsibility for Right Interaction (PAR) facilitation and supervision of the training specialists. The training specialist will be generally responsible for conducting training sessions, providing on-site support and technical assistance to regional program areas, completing RI (PAR) Fidelity reviews, and reviewing and reporting trends analysis. The Training Specialist II positions will be located statewide in Leon, Alachua, Hillsborough or Orange, and Palm Beach Counties.


Current News

Phase I of the Right Interactions (PAR) pilot provided valuable feedback and we thank our participants in detention, probation, and residential for their participation. The Right Interactions (PAR) curriculum was enhanced based on the feedback received and the team is gearing up for Phase II of the Right Interactions (PAR) pilot. Phase II consist of transitioning additional pilot sites from detention, probation, and residential with expanded data collection. Training to support pilot sites will begin shortly with the classroom portion being delivered virtually and defensive techniques delivered in-person. Additionally, an annual Right Interactions (PAR) 8-hours refresher course has been developed and will be delivered to Phase I pilot sites in latter August 2020.


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