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Behavioral Interventions at the Youth Study Center

Launch date: Expected Summer 2016 End date: N/A

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of mental health counseling that helps participants become aware of their inaccurate or negative thinking. CBT is designed to help individuals view challenging situations more clearly and respond to those situations more thoughtfully. In 2016, the Youth Study Center will begin delivering brief CBT interventions to juvenile detainees.

Why part of murder reduction strategy

A high amount of murder victims had previously been detained at the Youth Study Center. There is strong evidence that CBT, even delivered over periods as short as several days, is an effective behavioral intervention for violent and at-risk youth. 

Evidence base: An evaluation of CBT at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center showed participants receiving the intervention had 22% fewer readmissions.

Risk/protective factors addressed: Deficits in social cognitive or information-processing abilities; poor behavioral control; association with delinquent peers; antisocial beliefs and attitudes

Performance indicators and results