Tuesday Apr 27, 10:00 AM

112 Use of the Engaging Difference Framework to Promote Social Justice in Juvenile Detention and Mental Health Services

Aspects of social justice can be measured by how a society treats the incarcerated, especially marginalized youths from impoverished communities. The narrative has changed from punitive punishment toward a mental health approach focusing on treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery. Nearly two-thirds of youth within juvenile justice systems meet criteria for a psychiatric disorder. Behavioral health needs often contributes to offending, so the system must shift focus to a mental health framework in order to divert youth from the criminal justice system.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore how various aspects of culture impact the quality and type of care administered
  • Discuss how diversity and multiculturalism can be strengths instead of barriers
  • Describe ways to apply a multicultural lens and social justice perspective in practice

Level: Intermediate

  • Nicketa Coombs, MA, MEd

    Psychology Intern

    Lincoln Hills School for Boys

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