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Cognitive Behavioral Curriculum and Lehigh County Juvenile Probation Coordinated/Facilitated Programming
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The Juvenile Probation Department endeavors, whenever possible, to utilize community-based counseling programs, volunteer organizations, day treatment programs, as well as internal departmental services designed to reduce delinquency. The following is a list of diversion and preventative efforts that have been undertaken by the Juvenile Probation Department to stem the tide in delinquency.

Cognitive Behavioral Curriculum and Lehigh County Juvenile Probation Coordinated/Facilitated Programming

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AGGRESSION REPLACEMENT TRAINING (ART)

Also known as anger management.  This is a cognitive based program for clients who have an offense against person or a history of physically acting out against others. This is for clients who score moderate to very high on the YLS.  It consists of 30 hours (1 1/2 hours twice per week) and is run by Abraxas at their office. The program focuses on 3 areas: anger control, moral reasoning, and social skill building. It is not appropriate for 10- and 11-year-olds.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG AWARENESS PROGRAM FOR TEENS (ADAPT)

Also known as the Underage Drinking Program. For juveniles that are arrested for underage drinking, D.U.I. and/or drinking issues should be referred to this program. There is a $60 fee to participate in the program. Referrals also come from the Magisterial District Justices.

BAUM SCHOOL OF ART PROGRAM

This is ten weeks of art instruction at the Baum School of Art by a professional art teacher for juvenile's age 12 and older.

CHOICES:

A drug education program for youth and their parents presented by the Center for Humanistic Change. The parents and youth are separated for some of the presentation so that it can be geared towards the individual populations. The discussion is on present trends and dangers of drugs. Sometimes there will be additional guest speakers.

COLLEGIATE MENTORING (MENTOR):

A partnership with Project Impact, Juvenile Probation and local colleges to provide eight weeks of mentoring of juveniles age 13 and older by college students. Referrals should include juveniles that are interested in college or have academic potential to go to college. Also, for juveniles to improve social skills and be exposed to positive peer interactions. Tutoring, mentoring, snacks, activities and exposure to campus life. Held Fall and Spring semester.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
CAWS I

Juvenile must be at least 13 years of age. Used to hold youth accountable for their delinquent actions.

CAWS II/Young Offenders Program

The juvenile must be between the ages of 10 to 12. A young 13-year-old can be referred but must be approved by the program coordinator. They can earn up to $250 in restitution if they complete the program. The program is 6 classes, 2 hours each. Topics discussed include the juvenile justice system, anger and feelings, drugs and alcohol, victim awareness, and decision-making. A final project is required for graduation.

CAWS III

Juvenile must be 13 years of age or older and owe restitution. (Up to $1,000.00 can be paid out)

CAWS IV

In these groups, juveniles will complete community service hours while incorporating pro-social skill building, moral reasoning, and life skill building. They are taught the importance of positive relationships and enhancing their abilities to make better decisions.

CROSSROADS: NCTI (NATIONAL CURRICULUMN & TRAINING INSTITUTE)

This is an evidenced based program designed to bring about change in offenders' behavior through cognitive learning. The two main topics we are offering at this time include anger (6 sessions) and Misdemeanors. These programs consist of six sessions of two hours each.

  • Anger: Understand the influence emotions have on behavior, improve interpersonal communication skills, gain better self-control, and learn to avoid the use of anger or violence to solve personal problems. Some specific areas, which are addressed include values, attitudes, behavior, violence, victimization, staying in control, managing emotions, communication, problem solving, conflict management, expressing self, and setting goals.
  • Misdemeanors: Understand the process of changing negative behavior, discover how attitudes can override values, and learn how to avoid negative influences, develop a plan to alter negative behavior, establish goal-oriented behavior patterns. Some specific areas that are addressed include values, attitudes, behaviors, trust and freedom, who has the power, victimization, and self-image.
  • REAL COLORS: Real Colors is a tool that helps clients identify their own temperament as well as that of others to improve communication and understanding of others. This is included in both classes.
DRUG AWARENESS & PREVENTION PROGRAM (DAPP)

This is an early intervention program for teens experimenting with drugs. The class discussions include: how emotions effect use, peer influences, the addiction process, coping skills and other strategies for keeping clean. The class consists of four, 1 1/2-hour sessions.

ELECTRONIC MONITORING (GPS)

Juveniles can be placed on GPS without a court order for a specific period, usually no longer than 30 days, should be told to the client. Schedule must be completed by PO. Terms and conditions of GPS must be signed. Court order sent to Judge at the end of monitoring period ordering costs of program. Cost is $6.50 per day.

FORWARD THINKING JOURNALS

This is a Cognitive based program for moderate to very high-risk youth ages 13-18. Presently, we are only offering Responsible Behavior, Handling Difficult Feelings, Substance Using Behaviors and Victim Awareness in the group setting. The other journals that are offered for one on one with their Probation Officer include: What Got Me Here, Individual Change Plan, Relationships and Communication, and Family.

GIRLS CIRCLE

This is a structured support group for girls 13 to 18 years old. It integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training along with girl's personal experiences. There is a focus on trauma and victimization. Various topics will be discussed and the programs vary in length from eight to twelve weeks, meeting once a week for two hours.

INFORMAL HOUSE ARREST

Similar to Electronic Monitoring (GPS) but without the bracelet. The juvenile and parent/guardian must sign terms and conditions.

MENTOR PROGRAM

Referrals are made in August/September and December/January. Runs eight weeks per semester. Preferred age 13 and older. Referrals should include juveniles that are interested in college or have academic potential to go to college. Also, for juveniles to improve social skills and be exposed to positive peer interactions. Tutoring, mentoring, snacks, activities and exposure to campus life. Project Impact is the provider.

RETAIL THEFT

This is an educational class for juvenile's who have been arrested for the offense of Retail Theft. The program holds the juvenile accountable for their actions, increases their awareness of the effect of their actions on their victim and community, and for clients to reevaluate their decision making to reduce the likelihood of committing further retail thefts. It is a total of six hours over two or three classes.

SPORE (Special Program for Offenders in Rehabilitation and Education)

For the juvenile offenders diagnosed with a serious mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities, on official probation. All cases are reviewed for acceptance. A psychiatric or psychological evaluation completed in the last year is required. Appropriate diagnoses include but are not limited to: Bipolar, Major Depression, Schizophrenia, psychotic disorder, and Intellectual disabilities. A team consisting of specialized Juvenile Probation Officers/ Case-managers will meet with the juvenile and their family on a set schedule to provide intensive supervision.

THINKING FOR A CHANGE (T4C)

This cognitive, evidence-based program consists of 25 lessons (1 1/2 hours each, twice per week) to change thinking and behaviors. For clients who score moderate to very high in attitudes/orientations or personality or in overall score on YLS. Juveniles who score low are not appropriate for this program. Th group tends to be gender specific and 14 years and older.

VICTIM AWARENESS CURRICULUM

For those juveniles, 13 and older, who have an offense against person or property. Three-hour class. This curriculum is also part of the Young Offender class for 10 to 12 year olds.

VICTIM OFFENDER MEDIATION

A face-to-face meeting, in the presence of a trained mediator, between the victim of a crime and the person who committed the crime.

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