Treatment & Programs
Integrated Treatment Model
The residential treatment model used in institutions and community facilities focuses on engaging youth in a supportive therapeutic relationship and motivating them to replace problem behaviors with pro-social behaviors to meet their needs and pursue their goals. Counselors collaborate with youth to examine target behaviors in order to increase the youth’s understanding of the factors influencing their behavior. Using this information, solutions are created drawing from strengths the youth possesses and new skills they are learning. As youth transition through residential programs, they are provided with numerous opportunities to practice their skills so they can generalize them to new situations. Families are invited to learn about and participate in treatment to help the youth successfully apply what they have learned when they re-enter the community. Some of the skills the youth learn are included in the list below.
- Mindfulness Skills for decreasing impulsiveness and rigid thinking, and for increasing awareness of thoughts and feelings.
- Emotion Regulation Skills for understanding the function of emotions and for managing difficult emotions.
- Distress Tolerance Skills for managing stress and accepting life’s sometimes painful realities.
- Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills & Social Skills for pro-social assertiveness, managing conflict, and building healthy relationships.
- Moral Reasoning Skills for making mature decisions when faced with difficult dilemmas.
- Anger Management Skills for managing anger without engaging in aggressive behavior.
- These skills also provide critical “soft skills” necessary for obtaining and maintaining employment.
The behavior change strategies used in the model and skills the youth learn are drawn from Dialectical Behavior Therapy by Marsha Linehan, PhD, as well as from Aggression Replacement Training (ART) by Arnold P. Goldstein, Barry Glick, and John C. Gibbs.
Functional Family Parole counselors work to engage and motivate all family members by creating a balanced alliance with each, and creating a family focus for treatment. Early interventions reduce blame and negativity among family members and instill hope for change. Families are also referred to needed services in the community that match family interaction styles and provide continued support for the family once the youth is no longer on parole.
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RTCP adolescents are placed singly in a foster family setting for six to nine months. Foster families are recruited, trained, and supported to provide well-supervised placement and treatment. The program provides 24-hour a day case management and coordination of all aspects of youngsters' treatment programs. Youth participate in cognitive/behavioral skill-focused individual treatment. Youth and their families (defined as biological, adoptive, or other aftercare resource; e.g., relative or other guardian) participate in weekly family therapy associated with the model. Frequent contact between youth and their family members, including home visits, are part of the program.
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MENTORS ARE THE STUFF OF SUCCESS:
Every young person needs a mentor - a dependable adult who will care, will listen, and will advise. Ask any successful person if they had a mentor and their answer will inevitably be “yes”.
The Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) has a long established mentoring program. We are grateful for the contributions JRA mentors make in helping young people entangled with the justice system progress to confident, competent, responsible citizenship.
- Convey this very important message to young people: “You are worth my time and effort”
- Encourage young people to recognize and use their unique talents
- Coach young people to make positive choices for their future
- Assist young people in restoring their place in the community
MENTOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:
- Submit a Volunteer Application
- Pass a criminal background check
- Attend training provided by JRA
MENTOR PROGRAM COMMITMENT:
JRA asks mentors to:
- Make a commitment to mentor a youth for 12 months
- Communicate weekly and meet in person at least once monthly with matched youth
- Attend mentor program seminars, training, and other events as scheduled
For additional Information:
If you are interested in becoming a mentor for a young person under JRA supervision and would like to learn more about how you can participate in our program, please contact the following people:
JRA Region 1
JRA Region 1
Wiley Grant Carter, Jr.
JRA Region 2
Major W. Harris, Jr.
Vancouver (360) 993-7954
Kelso (360) 501-2479
Lacey (360) 486-2232
JRA Region 3