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Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice

The Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice (MHT-JJ) – developed by and for juvenile probation, detention, and corrections staff – increases staff capacity to better work with adolescents experiencing behavioral health conditions.

From probation intake to secure corrections, juvenile justice staff persons are responsible for the day-to-day care of a large population of youth, many of whom are experiencing behavioral health conditions or traumatic stress reactions. Juvenile justice involvement can exacerbate a youth’s condition, creating a dangerous situation for both the youth and juvenile justice staff. The MHT-JJ increases knowledge of adolescent development, child trauma and adolescent behavioral health conditions, helps staff develop an understanding of how these issues may affect youth-staff interactions, and enhances skills that support effective and safe interactions between youth and staff.

NCYOJ is excited to offer a number of yearly Train-the-Trainer events. As the MHT-JJ curriculum requires specialized knowledge regarding juvenile justice systems and clinical training, NCYOJ encourages prospective attendees to apply in pairings that include a juvenile justice professional and a clinician. Please see registration details for specific date and location offerings.

What are the benefits of becoming a certified trainer?

Certified trainers…

  • Have access to the most current training curricula, which is updated annually.
  • Participate in continuing learning activities to support in-depth understanding of best practice for educating adult learners and emerging research on topics covered by the curriculum.
  • Collect and report evaluation data to NCYOJ, which is used to inform updates to the training curricula, and highlight practice improvements nationally.

Virtual Train-the-Trainer Opportunity

NCYOJ is pleased to announce that we have begun to offer the MHT-JJ Train-the-Trainer virtually. A 2021 date is currently being planned and will be released soon. Please sign-up for our newsletter or email us at for more information. 

Partner Host Site Applications

If you are interested in partnering with us to host a MHT-JJ Train-the-Trainer, please see our host site application. We are currently accepting applications for late 2021 and beyond.

Learn More about the Benefits of the MHT-JJ

Download the Caring for Youth brief
MHT-JJ: Supporting Youth and Staff Overview         
Learn how the MHT-JJ supports youth and staff
MHT-JJ certified trainers list         
Find a certified trainer in your area

For more detailed information, please contact NCYOJ at