Recorded on May 2, 2018
1 hour training
FREE for YIPA members
$20 for non-YIPA members
Girls are the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice system and what lands them there is often different than their male peers. Girls are typically nonviolent and pose little or no risk to public safety, but have significant, complex, and immediate needs. Trauma within their close relationships is often a factor. Failure to recognize the unique circumstances leading to girls’ involvement in the juvenile justice system is dangerous to their immediate future and overall welfare.
To be most effective, girls need to know that you can relate. Relationship-building between girls and adults is one of the most critical factors in their healthy development. Your ability to provide trauma-informed and gender-specific intervention strategies for girls is critical. And all the work you do with girls will be more beneficial to both of you when you can develop and foster meaningful relationships with them.
This training will provide you with insight into common characteristics of system-involved girls so that you can better understand their unique needs. When you know how much relationships matter, you’ll be more effective in improving the long-term outcomes for girls. And you’ll learn how a strengths-based approach can provide girls the empowerment they seek.
Your Learning Objectives
- Recognize the characteristics of girls who are at risk for justice-involvement (red flags)
- Know the components of trauma-informed and gender-responsive prevention services
- Learn strategies for building relationships that meet girls’ needs
- Develop intervention and prevention strategies for girls at risk for involvement with the justice system
Kristi Cobbs is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker whose background includes providing direct services to system-involved girls as well as providing leadership and direction to residential and community-based agencies around program assessment, program development and implementation. In her previous role as the Girls Services Coordinator for Hennepin County she worked diligently to advocate, educate and promote a strength-based, victim-centered approach to working with girls in the County’s child welfare and juvenile justice system. In her current position she is responsible for providing a safe, secure and healthy environment for girls at the Hennepin County Home School which is a Department of Corrections state-licensed residential treatment facility. In addition, she has over 12 years of progressively responsible work experience in program management including work plan development and implementation, grant management, and staff development. Kristi has provided a wide variety of trainings and technical assistance to local community-based and residential service providers that focus on female and culturally-responsive, trauma-informed services.
Your Competency Focus Area
Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is AT-RISK BEHAVIORS.
Develop life-saving skills to identify the warning signs of unhealthy and risky behavior, understand risky behaviors based on a knowledge of adolescent brain development, and know when to report and refer.
- Online Training
- Recorded on May 2, 2018
- 1 hour training
- FREE for YIPA members
- $20 for non-YIPA members. Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Join now or learn more.