Probation System Reform Symposium: Advancing Practice, Changing Lives
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April 7-8, 2016
Boston, Massachusetts – Omni Parker House Hotel

On April 7-8, 2016 the RFK National Resource Center will host its inaugural Probation System Reform Symposium: Advancing Practice, Changing Lives, in the historic heart of Boston at the Omni Parker House Hotel. Juvenile justice system professionals from around the country are invited to attend this special event focusing on improving probation system performance and youth and family outcomes for those youth managed and overseen by our juvenile probation departments and court systems. This is a unique opportunity to experience and share the outstanding practice and policy progress made over the past decade in addressing the challenges of effectively serving youth who enter our nation’s juvenile justice and probation systems.

The symposium will provide dynamic networking and interactive opportunities to learn from experienced colleagues about frameworks for effective probation practice as well as challenges that still confront practitioners and policymakers engaged in probation system reform.  Participants will hear from the foremost experts on the topics of data and outcome measurement, risk-needs-responsivity screening and assessment, trauma, evidence-based interventions, and inter-agency collaboration. Participants will be given tools to formulate an action plan for realizing improved youth outcomes, as well as needed fiscal savings in their communities.

Probation System Reform Symposium: Advancing Practice, Changing Lives

Dates & Location:
April 7-8, 2016 at the Omni Parker House Hotel – Boston, MA

  • Day One: Thursday, April 7 — 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Day Two: Friday, April 8 — 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Please click here to view the agenda for the Probation System Reform Symposium!

Presentations – Now Available Online!

Audience Representation
Probation and Court Service directors, judges, probation officers and managers, prosecuting attorneys, public defenders, educational staff and school resource officers, behavioral health providers and clinicians, federal, state and local policy makers and advocates.

Event Content
Workshop and plenary topics included:

  • Probation System Review Overview
  • Implementing and Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: Benefits and Challenges
  • Positive Youth Development
  • Graduated Sanctions
  • A Vital Resource for the Juvenile Justice System – The Family
  • Data Improvement Strategies for Probation System Reform Initiatives
  • Risk Needs Responsivity, Screening and Assessment
  • Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System  (Confirm Title?)
  • Shrinking the Net: Re-Tooling Standard Probation Orders
  • Peer to Peer Learning: Interactive Session with the Probation System Review Practice Network
  • Engaging Leadership
  • Process Mapping
  • Identifying and Addressing Trauma in Probation Populations
  • Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy
  • Workforce Development & Managing Organizational Change for the 21st Century
  • And Many More!

Other Events:
Please note that this Symposium is one of two RFK Symposiums held in Boston during the first week of April 2016. In addition to this Probation System Reform Symposium, the RFK National Resource Center is pleased to present its Dual Status Youth Symposium: Working Together for Our Children on April 5-6.  For information about that event, please visit

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