Within the schedule and structured environment, W. W. Moore, Jr. Detention Home's primary focus is on behavioral management and teaching appropriate behaviors and positive reinforcement. Residents earn privileges by participating within our program and following staff directives.
Another important concept for our Behavioral Management program is relationship building. Staff is encouraged to develop professional relationships with the residents. These relationships encourage open communication and have prevented many behaviors from escalating to more serious behaviors.
Other behavioral management techniques include removing the resident from areas of program participation, mental health referral, counseling and loss of program privileges. Our Detention Counselor is responsible for reviewing all disciplinary measures to assure equity and fairness.
In situations where a resident is unable to function within the boundaries of our normal program, we develop a special behavioral program for that particular resident's needs. (i.e., a resident who has Attention Deficit Disorder may be placed in an area separate from the main classroom to provide him/her with a more appropriate environment to complete assignments). Alternatives to the normal program are designed to meet the needs of the resident while providing opportunities to the resident to participate in the program as much as possible. This is the primary responsibility of our Detention Counselor and our Youth Care Workers.