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Mental health exams for Juvenile Justice workers

 

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Male_user jmartin 10 posts

debmac….good catch. You are absolutely right. Nobody gets hired until a comprehensive back ground check can be completed to include the prospective employee’s financial records.

 
Female_user debmac 3 posts

I agree that training and the culture of the facility are perhaps our best tools. In addition, I would say adequate background checks should be conducted. I believe that quite often this is the part that is lacking for smaller agencies who don’t have the resources available to conduct a thorough investigation on applicants.

 
Male_user jmartin 10 posts

The MMPI has been utilized extensively for assisting agencies in trying to determine which personality types they feel are best suited to work with youth, but like any pre-service tool, they are only as good as the supporting training and culture an agency provides to deter negative events from employees. What I have found that works best for new probationary employees are good training and follow-up, an FTO program, open door policy with Administration, clear and concise guidelines and job expectations, and good documentation to dismiss poor employees during their probationary period when it is easiest. These guidelines also establish professionalism within the ranks and deter poor performance from the rookies.

 
Female_user dbel 1 post

We do a pysch evaluation before hiring but I don’t believe it’s a great predictor (too many variables). I’m not sure there is a test that can acurately predict if someone will make an excellent officer.

 
Male_user TRod 1 post I am interested provide mental health exams/test as part of employment process when hiring Juvenile Justice workers, both on the residential and field side of the field. If so do you find it beneficial in the quality or retetntion of staff, or a predictor of inappropriate behavior on part of employee. Thanks/Gracias Tito

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