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NCJ Number: 156501 Find in a Library
Title: Detention Staff Referrals to Psychologist: A Means to Effective Management and Development of Juvenile Detention Residents
Journal: Journal for Juvenile Justice and Detention Services  Volume:10  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1995)  Pages:23-25
Author(s): E J Whitley
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Over the years, psychologists have become increasingly involved in juvenile detention system at two levels, psychologists who provide psychological assessments for juvenile courts and psychologists who provide services to juvenile detention centers.
Abstract: Specific duties of psychologists include providing individual, crisis intervention, and supportive counseling to juvenile detention residents; conducting group counseling sessions and various other therapeutic interventions; providing consultation and advice to juvenile detention staff; and assisting juvenile detention staff in planning and addressing resident needs. Referrals for psychological services are primarily channeled through the juvenile detention center's social service department. Because of the crisis intervention nature of the juvenile detention environment, psychologists must deal with such issues as emotional stress, depression, suicide ideation and/or gestures, problem behavior, coping strategies, and supportive counseling. Further, since adolescents in juvenile detention present an extremely broad range of psychological needs and the juvenile detention environment is very fluid, it is often difficult to plan treatment programs. Therefore, the focus of the psychologist has to be on short-term intervention for immediate treatment. The importance of developing a communication and feedback structure involving the psychologist and juvenile detention staff is emphasized.
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention
Index Term(s): Crisis intervention; Juvenile counseling; Juvenile detention; Juvenile mental health services; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Juvenile suicide; Juvenile treatment methods; Psychologists/psychiatrists role in Juvenile Justice
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