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YEM/PAR Certification

Information on the Youth Engagement Model / Protective Action Response Certification.

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice embarked on a mission to revise the Protective Action Response (PAR) training curriculum. The scope of the revision project is to transition the existing PAR intervention model to the Right Interactions: Youth Engagement Model. The Office of Staff Development and Training (SD&T) in collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders have been charged with the revision project. Right Interactions (PAR) will focus more on trauma responsiveness, verbal, and non-physical safety intervention techniques to prevent crisis episodes, while using physical intervention as a last resort. The Right Interactions (PAR) curriculum will offer tools and training in verbal techniques, scenario-based learning for both verbal and physical engagement with youth, and training in physical intervention techniques.

RI: PAR Unit Functions

  • Conducting training
  • Provide on-site support
  • Provide technical assistance to regional program area
  • Complete PAR Fidelity reviews
  • Review reporting and trends analysis
  • SD&T members are stationed out of Escambia, Leon, Hillsborough and Palm Beach counties

Current News: 

The Right Interactions Pilot came to a close on June 30, 2021. Data collection and review will continue as the pilot analysis is completed. The development of the PAR to Right Interactions Crossover Train-the-Trainer Pilot course continues, with the first course projected to launch this fall. This course is designed for PAR instructors in good standing with current PAR instructor certifications in compliance with the requirements outline in Administrative Rule 63H-1.