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As of December 2014, Juvenile Detention/Corrections Officers and Juvenile Probation Counselors will attend this academy together.  This new academy is combining and replacing Juvenile Corrections Officers Academy (JCOA) and Juvenile Services Academy (JSA).

Training for corrections personnel.   

(1) The corrections personnel of the state and all counties and municipal corporations initially employed on or after January 1, 1982, shall engage in basic corrections training which complies with standards adopted by the commission. The training shall be successfully completed during the first six months of employment of the personnel, unless otherwise extended or waived by the commission, and shall be requisite to the continuation of employment.

The Juvenile Corrections Personnel Academy is an 80 hour academy.  Training Juvenile Detention/Corrections Officers and Juvenile Probation Counselors with the knowledge and skills to provide care and rehabilitation services in a community or residential setting to youth involved in the Washington State Juvenile Justice System.  Participants will learn about the Washington Model of Juvenile Justice. The related Laws, Legal Issues, Juvenile Court and Detention processes necessary to hold youth accountable while teaching them to rebuild relationships with their families, schools, and community.

This academy is geared to the juvenile detention staff that have primary security, safety and group supervision responsibilities and for the juvenile court workers that carry an active caseload.

Job duties include: 

  1. All employees working with adjudicated youth in Washington State whose primary job function is case management; assessment, case planning, counseling, monitoring, and application of research-based treatment interventions on Probation.
  2. All employees working with adjudicated youth in Washington State whose primary job function is the care, custody, safety, security, supervision, and counseling of youth in Detention.

Course Topics:

  • Working as a 21st Century Juvenile Corrections Professional
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Overview of the Washington Model of  Juvenile Justice
  • Legal Issues
  • Serving Youth and Families in our Communities
  • Adolescent Development
  • The Adolescent Brain: Social, Cognitive, and Moral Development
  • Special Needs Populations
  • Case File Assignment Case Study Information
  • Case File Assignment Planning and Staffing
  • Case File Assignment Assessments
  • Reports to the Court
  • Legal Aspect of Force
  • Personal Safety

Week Two Breakout: Probation Staff Only

  • Statewide Case Management Assessment Process
  • The Risk Assessment Tool
  • Need-Based Targeted Interventions
  • Evidence Based Programs
  • Models of Change; The Cycle of Change
  • Model for Interviewing; Motivational Interviewing Techniques

Week Two Breakout: Detention Staff Only

  • Security Management
  • Use of Restraints; Training and Testing
  • Cell Search; Training and Testing
  • Transportation
  • Behavior Management; Communication and De-escalation Skills
  • Mock Scenes
  • Defensive Tactics; Level One Techniques


  1. Agency sends in application to Registrar at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or fax 206.835.7922.

  2. Registrar processes application and sends Registration Letter to applicant.

  3. Day after PAT and conditional upon passing the PAT, Acceptance Letter sent to raining Manager, Agency Administrator, and Supervisor listed on the application.

  4. Billing is completed after the Academy.

As an entrance requirement, all Juvenile Detention/Corrections Officers are required to successfully complete and pass the Physical Ability Test (PAT).  Applicants must be physically able to actively and fully participate in the defensive tactics and other required physical activities in accordance with WAC 139-10-212. For this purpose, applicants must receive a passing score in each of the following testing areas: Push-ups, Sit-ups, and a 1.5 Mile Run. Failure to demonstrate a requisite level of fitness within each assessment area will result in ineligibility for Academy admission and attendance.  The Statement of Fitness Form needs to be completed six (6) months prior to attending an Academy and pre-submitted.

JCPA Statement of Fitness form

JCPA PAT Guidelines

LOCATION Eastside PAT:Spokane Police Training Center, at 10am Map - Spokane Police Training Center.pdf


LOCATION Westside PAT:WSCJTC Campus, Burien at 1pm CJTC Map.pdf

Pre-academy assignments due Day 1 of the academy.

As an entrance requirement, all participants will be required to complete Pre-Academy Assignments:

  1. The 21st Century Juvenile Correctional Professional

    1. Identify, define, and document in a workbook the Knowledge, Skills, and Aptitudes necessary to be a juvenile justice professional.
  2. Juveniles in the Justice System

    1. Read MacArthur Article and respond to questions in a workbook about the legal foundation for Juvenile court workers in Washington State.
    2. Review statistics and read parts of a book: "Juvenile Justice Guide"
  3. Professionalism and Ethics

    1. Identify, define, and document in a workbook the key concepts related to working with juveniles
    2. Read an article regarding professionalism in juvenile corrections
    3. Resident Management
    4. Identify, define, and document in a workbook the key concepts related to working with juveniles