B-JUST: Brain Injury & Juvenile Services Training

Ann Glang and Deanne Unruh

CBIRT faculty, including Ann Glang and Laurie Powell, are working with Deanne Unruh from the University of Oregon College of Education on a new 3-year project from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research to identify training needs for juvenile corrections personnel related to brain injury. 

Community reentry outcomes for formerly incarcerated youth are significantly worse for youth with TBI than for their peers without disabilities. Longitudinal studies suggest that many young adults with TBI who display criminal behavior will manifest continuing problems in their work, school, and family endeavors as adults. Research has illustrated that youth with TBI in juvenile corrections are not receiving the support they need to achieve positive outcomes, possibly because most staff in juvenile correction facilities lack the knowledge and skills, they need to adequately support these youth. Many of these personnel have had very little professional development relevant to youth with TBI.

To address the need for staff training on evidence-based practices that can successfully improve the transition and life outcomes of incarcerated youth with TBI, the researchers plan to conduct exploratory research to 1) empirically define the training needs and core competencies that juvenile services personnel require to work successfully with young offenders with TBI and 2) define professional development standards to address those identified needs.