Wyoming Children’s Justice Project Children’s Justice Portal

Interacting with Children and Youth in the Justice System Who May be Experiencing Mental, Substance Use, and Traumatic Stress Conditions

July 9, 2020

This is a presentation from the 2020 Wyoming Joint Symposium on Children and Youth.  This presentation is a brief overview of the Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice (MHT-JJ) . This session is for professionals who work with children, youth and/or adults involved in the justice system to help them better understand the effects this involvement may have on them. The MHT-JJ increases knowledge of adolescent development, child trauma and adolescent behavioral health conditions to help staff develop an understanding of how these issues may affect youth-staff interactions. Many juveniles and young adults are experiencing behavioral health conditions or traumatic stress reactions and juvenile justice involvement can exacerbate a youth’s condition.  Presenters are Kai-Ley Wilson Herb and Jamie Eaton.