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Young participants who journal develop skills to guide them through their change process, and more than 60 percent still refer to their Journals six months after formal programming has ended. Our curricula are used in both juvenile justice and adolescent treatment settings. Implementation has been linked to case plan achievement, improved emotional self-regulation, cognitive-behavioral skill acquisition and overall enhanced self-efficacy.

At The Change Companies, we put the tools for change directly into the hands of clients and equip staff with tools for person-centered care in one convenient platform. Our core solution for juvenile justice includes the Forward Thinking curriculum, built on the evidence-based practice of Interactive Journaling®.

In addition to evidence-based curricula, our core solution includes access to the Fidelity Platform and live training for staff to ensure your organization is implementing best practices and gaining relevant skills for effective, person-centered treatment.

This page provides an end-to-end solution for juvenile justice professionals that includes curriculum, training and additional need-specific resources.

Risk-Need-Responsive Juvenile Justice Curriculum
Staff Training and Skill Building
Additional Need-Specific Resources
Digital Curriculum (Atlas)

Solution Benefits

NO. 1

Effective Reintegration Practices: Transition juveniles back into society in a healthier and more constructive manner

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Age-appropriate and person-centered, tailored to youth’s individual needs

NO. 2

Measurable Impact on recidivism and prosocial behavior

NO. 5

Improved staff confidence and morale, driving retention and immediate taxpayer ROI

NO. 3

Risk-need Responsive: Compatible with most RNR models

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Measure program efficacy to guide future improvements in programming and demonstrate value to stakeholders


Sample Industry Partners

“This has made many of the serviced youth self-aware of their issues that placed them into the system. The Journals have been an excellent medium to open, honest communication with youth who typically use passive compliance as a front for behavior change.” Eric Smith, Deputy Chief Probation Officer, Lyon County Juvenile Probation
“[The Change Companies’ materials] are great because it gives the kids a visual and personal way to respond to the ideas and questions…The Interactive Journals are easy to administer in both a group setting and an individual session." Amanda Comer, JDC Probation Officer, West Virginia
“100% of youth who completed the Journals showed positive behavior improvements.” Maine Department of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Services Pilot Program Statistical Report
[Interactive Journaling®] moves them through a process that becomes a pattern and helps them begin to understand what’s causing their problems. Karen Monroe, Valley Springs Youth Ranch therapist

Risk-Need-Responsive Juvenile Justice Curriculum

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The Forward Thinking curriculum uses evidence-based strategies to assist justice-involved youth in making positive changes to their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Applying the information presented in the Interactive Journals to their own lives helps participants achieve their goals of responsible living. This curriculum correlates with the most commonly used risk and needs assessments for youth. Topics include: 

What got me here?
Individual change plan
Responsible behavior
Handling difficult feelings
Relationships and communication
Victim awareness
Reentry planning
Substance using behaviors



Staff Training and Skill Building

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  Fidelity Platform

The Change Companies’ Fidelity Platform is an integrated resource center providing a wide range of learning opportunities and resources to enhance the skills and knowledge of juvenile justice professionals. On-demand trainings, a microlearning library and facilitator resources support continuous learning and improvement that are relevant to job roles and career development.  

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  Live Training

The Change Companies’ two-day facilitator training helps juvenile justice professionals further develop their skills. Live training focuses on building helpful working relationships with clients, practicing motivational skills, preparing for sessions and using evidence-based case management techniques. 

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Case Studies and Research

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A study in Maine Department of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Services, indicated the following:

75% of Juvenile Community Corrections Officers identified that the Journals were directly linked to case plan achievement
100% identified that they will use the skills learned in program facilitation in their ongoing cases
100% identified that they agree the specific Journals positively impacted the youth



Additional Need-Specific Resources

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The Keep It Direct and Simple (KIDS) Journaling curriculum is specifically designed for adolescents in behavioral health and addiction treatment programs. It highlights core concepts appropriate for the adolescent using a nonjudgmental focus on positive, strength-based strategies. Participants explore what brought them into treatment and learn strategies to make meaningful, lasting changes.

The Career Exploration curriculum allows participants to explore how their current strengths, skills and interests align with a career path. Participants develop a plan for pursuing their identified career path and learn strategies to experience success in applying for, getting and keeping a job.

What About Marijuana? presents the facts and potential risks of marijuana use and guides participants in weighing these risks against their personal reasons for use. This curriculum is designed to help youth and adults consider their use of cannabis and what changes they may want to explore making.

The DAPPER-3 is designed to facilitate truly individualized treatment planning by focusing the clinician’s attention on those factors that either require immediate attention or should be considered priorities for the treatment plan.

The VOICES curriculum is designed in collaboration with Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, a leading expert in women and girls’ programming. VOICES assists adolescent girls in exploring themes of self, connection with others, healthy living and their journeys ahead.


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