Accomplished Probation Officer offering extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults with severe behavioral and psychological disorders.
Dedicated and detail-oriented court services professional with extensive experience managing offenders, working closely with social services agencies and testifying under oath in court. Juvenile Probation Officer who is an effective leader and mentor with strong negotiation skills that assist juvenile defendants in obtaining a “second chance” from the court system.
Developed and implemented training for new Juvenile Detention Specialist workers within the Ingham County Youth Center. Experience with writing training procedures and processes in regards to treatment and providing those services to inmates. Facilitate group discussion relative to treatment issues with youth. Work as part of a behavior modification team and enforce the rules of the facility, including physically managing at-risk youth. Trained in Cognitive Behavior Training, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, and Suicide Precautionary Training. Remarkable knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. Results-oriented, with highly developed problem-solving, decision-making, and leadership abilities.
Education and Training
National Partnership for Juvenile Services
June 2015Nonviolent Crisis Prevention InterventionIngham County Youth Center, Lansing, MI
Criminal JusticeDecember 2001Michigan State University － East Lansing, MI
Juvenile Detention SpecialistApr 2004 to Current Ingham County Youth Center － Lansing, MI
40hours) Supervise, guide, and counsel residents through daily activities within the framework of the residential and educational program.
Monitor residents for changes in behavior that may indicate potential crises situations in accordance with facility guidelines and alerts other staff as appropriate.
Documents resident behaviors and actions daily, using observation notes, incident reports, shift change notes, daily log, resident files, and related documentation.
Intervenes when necessary in crisis situations in accordance with policy and procedure guidelines for physical and mechanical restraints, room confinements, or other appropriate action.
Operates and monitors electronic security and communication equipment including control panel, intercom, computers, visual monitors, electronic doors, room sound detectors, alarms, and security fence.
Monitors weather alert system.
Provides back-up on the general telephone lines to the Youth Center.
Maintains and organizes Youth Center resident files to keep current.
Checks to ensure that each file contains proper legal and medical/insurance information.
Helps ensure compliance with the State Administrative Rules regarding such files.
Collects and assembles data and information from various agencies, court staff, and other sources.
Organize and direct participation in group recreational activities such as games, arts and crafts, gym events, outdoor activities and other activities.
Perform room checks as required when residents are secured in rooms, searches for prohibited items on residents, in rooms, and throughout the facility, and performs regular counts of potentially dangerous items.
Performs ongoing safety checks to make sure juvenile is not harming himself/herself while in individual rooms and documents same.
Assesses medical emergencies, administers first aid, dispenses authorized medications, complies with nutritional requirements and treatments as ordered by medical staff, sets up after hour emergency medical care, assists medical staff with physicals when necessary, and adheres to universal precautions.
Acts as a positive role model and provides informal one-on-one counseling to assist residents in decision-making.
Discusses various matters of concern with youths and serves as an empathetic listener on topics such as family problems, court hearings, homework and general interpersonal relationships.
Perform and assist with intakes of residents to gather information, search residents for contraband, and assess resident's potential for suicide and health concerns, and provides orientation on Youth Center policies and procedures.
Monitor, assist and offer instructions to community volunteers.
Assists in training new staff and substitute employees, and provides input to the training of cooks, custodian, and teachers, particularly in the area of safety and security.
Youth SpecialistMay 2003 to Apr 2004 Starr Commonwealth － Albion, MI
Worked as part of a treatment team with culturally diverse adjudicated adolescent males.
Utilize therapeutic intervention skills and treatment methods to support at-risk youth successfully Utilize therapeutic intervention skills to deescalate volatile situations involving adolescent males.
Teaching and modeling values such as honesty, compassion, respect, responsibility and fairness Supervised group of adolescent males in accordance with treatment plans and recommendations Physically manage aggressive adolescent males.
Jun 1999 to Jan 2016 Ingham County Probation － Lansing, MI
Assisted Probation Agents in processing court referrals for interviews.
Accompanied agents throughout investigation and probation violations, including gathering information, interviews, and review of police reports.