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Mentally Disordered Kids in the Facilities: Effective Skills for Effective Staff, 8 hours

STC: 0920-061624

The relationship between youth and facilities staff has been proven to be a huge factor in that child’s success: a fact veteran staff have known “in their gut” forever. There are now more mentally disordered youth in our facilities than ever before, so California’s juvenile facilities must respond by providing skills training. This course trains staff how to navigate this confusing child. Staff learn to identify behaviors that are associated with mental disorders and select the communication strategies that are most effective with those specific behaviors (i.e. what to say and what NOT to say and WHY). This course also helps staff cultivate empathy, understand mental illness, and provides crisis intervention skill practice. Facilities staff learn to handle mentally disordered youth more effectively and safely. This is a skills course not a theory course.