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What's New at SD&T!

Find out what's new at SD&T and the latest information on professional development opportunities.
This summer Staff Development & Training has been busy growing its team with exceptional staff that have joined its mission to provide excellent training and development opportunities for the staff of DJJ.


Please help us welcome our new staff members to the family!

Rhakyria McCormick, Administrative Assistant II, Headquarters
Rhakyria joins us from Tallahassee Community College where she served as a Clerical Assistant in FSU’s Department of Physics. She graduated from FSU with a BS in Management and is currently pursuing her master’s at FAMU in Business Administration. To her credit, Rhakyria has outstanding leadership skills given that she served as the Vice President of and Director of Membership for the Minority Business Society and Director of Finance for the Women Student Union. She joins SD&T as the Administrative Assistant II reporting directly to Director Cina Wilson Johnson.

Felicia Fowler, Learning Consultant, Florida Public Safety Institute
Felicia has been a member of our DJJ family for 3 years. Felicia started her career with the department in 2016 as a Juvenile Probation Officer and was later promoted to Senior Juvenile Probation Officer in 2018. Felicia received her BA from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) and has always been a part of various Mentoring Programs. Felicia holds certifications in First Aid/CPR, Protective Action Response, Field Training Officer, Instructor’s Techniques, Suicide Prevention and DRAI Training. She also recently attended the CAT Train the Trainer Course. Felicia will be responsible for delivering the curriculum to the JPOs in the academy, along with our Professional Development Curriculums to state employees and stakeholders.

Opal Ringo, Instructional Designer, Headquarters
Opal is a recent graduate from the Instructional Systems program at FSU, but she has been working in the field of education since 2003. She has previously worked for both TCC and FSU, as well as Head Start and the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend.

Sherrod “Rod” Mosley, Training Specialist, South Region
Rod recently served in the capacity of Supported Employment and Education (SEE) specialist for a Mental Health Center, which afforded him experiences with conducting career inventories for clients. He has held the positions of Exception Student Education (ESE) educator, Department head at a middle school, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)/Behavior Dean, Job Coach, and Vocational Counselor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Florida A&M University and his master’s degree in Education from Ashford University.

Janet M. Maconi, Training Specialist
Janet began working for the Department in 2014 as a Juvenile Detention Officer and currently works as a Juvenile Probation Officer Supervisor. She has a passion for working with youth and was previously a foster parent.

Ryann Ellingsworth, Training Specialist, Bay Region
Ryann has 15 years with guiding, training, teaching and coaching youth. She began her career at Temple City School District as an Associate Teacher. She worked as a college softball coach of young female athletes. She has been employed with DJJ for five years and started as Juvenile Detention Officer. Ryann was quickly promoted to the Facility Training Coordinator for Bay Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

Gina X. Creuziger, Training Specialist II, Central Region
Gina brings to our team 15 years of Detention Services experience and has been a Master Par Instructor since 2007. She started in the field of corrections in 1994 working with adults and transitioned to working with youth in 2004 as a Juvenile Detention Officer (JDO) II with DJJ. Gina enjoyed great satisfaction as a JDO, as well as an excellent rapport with youth and staff. Gina continued her professional growth in Detention Services and became a JDO Supervisor in 2016. Gina has acquired vast experience in PAR Training and have traveled the State assisting other facilities when needed. She has attended St. Leo for Criminal Justice and Hillsborough Community College for Leadership Training.

Right Interactions:
The Youth Engagement Model pilot launched Monday, August 19, 2019, and included Crestview Youth Academy, Okaloosa Youth Academy and Walton Academy. The Right Interactions training curriculum presents strategies and techniques to PREPARE, GUIDE, PROTECT, SUPPORT, and REWARD staff in working successfully with youth. The training is trauma responsive and empowers staff to serve the right youth, in the right place, at the right time, using the Right Interactions. Staff from the three pilot sites expressed excitement and enthusiasm in their first week of participation in the pilot. Staff also expressed great appreciation for the humanistic approach of the training curriculum with greater emphasizes on verbal and non-physical safety intervention techniques to prevent crisis episodes, while using physical intervention techniques as a last resort. Overall, the Right Interactions training curriculum has been well received by Instructors and participants alike! Stay tuned and excited as Right Interactions continue moving forward.

DiSC Training:
At the request of the Bureau of Contract and Procurement, a one-day training for the team was conducted on the DiSC profile. DiSC is a behavior assessment tool that identifies four different personality traits. The training focused on; learning about each person’s DiSC Style, understanding the DiSC style of others, and how to build more effective working relationships with this information. Staff shared that the training was very beneficial. Follow-up information was provided to the team to further support implementing what they learned.

September is Suicide Awareness Month
Suicide Awareness Curriculum: SD&T was recently tasked with updating the existing Suicide Prevention curriculum. In collaboration with the Office of Health Services, Detention, Probation, and Residential Services the curriculum was given a new look to include methodologies based on current research, best practices, and the Gatekeeper concept. Four lessons were created that are universal in providing staff suicide awareness information. Program specific curriculum was updated for the following areas: Detention, Probation and Residential. A curriculum will be created for Day Treatment at a later date. In support of National Suicide Prevention Week, September 8-14, SD&T will launch this new curriculum statewide.

Suicide Awareness Events: Three Easy Ways to Make a Difference!!
  1. Visit the Knight building lobbies on Tuesday September 3, 2019 for free information and refreshments regarding Suicide Awareness
  2. Attend the Employee Wellness Lunch-n-Learn on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at the DJJ Training Center Alexander Building from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
  3. Register in SkillPro for Suicide Awareness Training throughout the month September

S.A.L.A.D.S. – Suicide Awareness Let’s All Dissuade Someone
Lunch-n-Learn about wellness, self-care mind, body, and soul. Learn how to take care of yourself, while helping to take care of others.
September 4, 2019 from 12:30 PM -1:30 PM
DJJ Training Center Alexander Building

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