Save Our School Children (S.O.S.)
The S.O.S. Program is designed for youth who have contact with the law or are at risk for delinquency. S.O.S. is a school-based service with goals to prevent youth violence and reduce recidivism by using developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant interventions so youth can focus on their studies and build a stronger foundation for their future.
The S.O.S. Life Skills Program consists of weekly youth workshops that take place in the school within targeted areas. Students work on moral development, interpersonal skill development, self-management, legal advocacy, and citizenship. Community Outreach efforts include an antiviolence art competition, media campaign, and fundraising for those impacted by community violence.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
The program is designed to assist juvenile female probationers in learning new and effective ways of dealing with trauma to improve emotional well-being, social competence, as well as to assist with reducing recidivism. TF-CBT is a short-term treatment that is intended for children and adolescents with severe behavioral and emotional problems connected to traumatic life events.
The gender-responsive curriculum is based on trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive-behavioral techniques. Goals are to reduce mental health symptoms; increase coping skills to manage distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and improve law abiding actions and decision making.
REACH (Real Education Achievement Can Happen)
REACH is an academic mentoring program for adolescents who are incarcerated and need additional support to obtain educational success and plan for the future. REACH is strength-based and aims to enhance protective factors associated with academic achievement, social support, and self-efficacy while also reducing recidivism. Outreach and support from REACH mentors extend to pre-release and post-release phases of the youth’s life to assist with positive transitioning back into the community. Goals are to increase academic achievement, social support in the community, optimism, and knowledge of job/career options, as well as reducing the risk of recidivism, school drop out, and disciplinary actions.
Emotional Wellness Program
This gender specific program is designed to target high-risk women and the psychosocial factors that impact their emotional well-being. Issues will focus on factors that give rise to and sustain unhealthy patterns of behavior that may increase the risk for recidivism (e.g., low self-esteem, trauma history, mental health symptoms, unhealthy relationships, and limited resources). The program examines the socialization of women and the inherent dynamics that contribute to their social and occupational challenges.
The gender responsive program is highly structured and includes cognitive-behavioral techniques. Goals are to improve knowlege of mental health symptoms and the impact of trauma, improve self-awareness and effective coping skills, increase feelings of empowerment, improve self-esteem, increase recognition and utilization of social support.
This program is designed for adults transitioning into the community from a correctional setting and/or those at-risk for recidivism and juveniles that are court-involved and/or gang-involved. The program consists of workshops that address unique psychological factors that undermine successful employment and increase the risk of recidivism. Most notably, the program focuses on the manifestations of inadequacy that result in problem behaviors, power struggles, low motivation, and workplace anxiety. Also, this program focuses on the necessary skills to “get a job and keep a job” by addressing conflict resolution, organizational skills, and workplace culture. Goals are to improve conflict resolution skills, increase self-confidence and self-motivation, decrease anxiety and disciplinary actions, and increase job readiness (e.g., resume and interviewing skills).
How to get involved:
Community Interventions in Forensic Mental Health II: Emotional Wellness/Adult Survivor
The Emotional Wellness program is for adult women transitioning back to the community from settings such as correctional facilities or substance abuse treatment programs. With an instructor, students will co-facilitate treatment groups using a gender-responsive approach to address trauma and promote emotional wellbeing. The 1st component of treatment is Emotional Wellness, followed by Adult Survivor group, the second component of treatment.
Community Interventions in Forensic Mental Health II: TF-CBT
TF-CBT is a short-term treatment for complex trauma. With an instructor, students will co-facilitate treatment for structured groups for juvenile female probationers with a history of severe behavioral and emotional problems and histories of traumatic life events, that aim to promote a healthy sense of self and teach effective ways of coping with traumatic experiences.
Community Interventions in Forensic Mental Health I: REACH
REACH (Real Education Achievement Can Happen) is an academic mentoring program for adolescents in detention facilities who may need additional support to achieve educational success. Students will learn to develop and implement a strength-based mentoring program to enhance the protective factors associated with academic achievement, social support, and self-efficacy, while also reducing recidivism. Students will co-facilitate youth groups and mentor youth involved in the program.
Community Interventions in Forensic Mental Health I: Job Readiness
The Job Readiness program is designed for juvenile offenders residing in the community or adult males transitioning into the community from a correctional setting. Students will learn about curriculum development and group dynamics. With an instructor, students will co-facilitate a series of structured psychoeducation groups to increase job seeking and job maintenance skills, and to challenge the thinking that gives rise to offending behavior.
Community Interventions in Forensic Mental Health I: Link
The Link Program is designed for adults transitioning back to the community from a correctional setting. The goals are to provide effective supports to reduce the risk of recidivism. During their first semester, students will focus on factors related to recidivism reduction in an adult offending population. Students will explore, in-depth, assessments, interventions, and advocacy practices. During their second semester, students will implement a program interfacing with an adult offending population and address barriers to successful transition into the community through job readiness training, career training, and/or trauma-focused groups.