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Director's Corner

Director's monthly message highlighting the department's initiatives.

Director's Monthly Message

Summer has finally arrived! We recognize that June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month and includes PTSD Awareness and World Sickle Cell Day. As we transition into a new month and season, the Staff Development & Training team works vigorously to create many courses and initiatives to achieve the goal of providing the best training solutions.

This month's website features:

The Right Interactions: Youth Engagement Model. For the month of June, Right Interactions (RI) included the Master Instructor Train the Trainer workshop with the online curriculum examination, and Master Instructor Tryouts resulting in 13 instructors being selected for this elite position. We anticipate the roll out of the Right Interactions training pilot for all program areas to include Residential, Detention, and Probation beginning July of this year. In addition to the Master Instructor training, The Right Interactions team is expanding with interviews for the Training Specialist II positions. These positions are being conducted for the south, central, northeast, and the panhandle areas.

Suicide Awareness: SD&T’s Curriculum and Evaluation Team is working diligently on the revision of the Suicide Awareness course in collaboration with Detention, Probation, and the Office of Health Services. Plans are in the works to finalize the edits and pilot the course in the beginning of FY19-20.

Learning, Education, Action, Development (L.E.A.D.): In addition, several new and improved L.E.A.D. Institute course offerings are scheduled to roll out in the weeks ahead providing career enhancement in areas such as SWOT analysis and Ethics and Professionalism. L.E.A.D. was established to:

• Provide training solutions and specific career paths for successful professional development.
• Utilize internal resources towards continuous systems improvements.
• Prepare DJJ for the future with a systematic pro-active Succession Planning Program.

A new season is an opportunity for new beginnings. Staff Development & Training continues to provide outstanding training and implement innovative and exciting programs and courses. Enjoy our site this month and let us know what else we can do to provide the best in DJJ training events and resources.

"Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August."- Jenny Han.