Cognitive Behavior Treatment



JRCNWO utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to address all issues the residents bring to the facility. Residents engage in individual counseling, family counseling, and group therapy. Additionally parents are required to attend a once a month Parent Support Group aimed at developing appropriate parenting skills to assist the resident in successfully returning to the community. All interventions the residents are exposed to are based on the cognitive behavioral model of treatment. In addition to the cognitive behavioral treatment aspects, therapeutic interactions with staff members include reinforcing desired behaviors as well as providing consequences for unwanted or illegal behaviors. All staff members are trained by certified trainers using the University of Cincinnati Core Correctional Practices to assist in the cognitive behavior treatment approach.

Upon admission, all residents complete the Ohio Youth Assessment System (OYAS) tool. The OYAS is designed to assess risk, need, and responsivity factors of youth at each stage of the juvenile justice system. The OYAS provides a composite risk score designed to assist in making appropriate decisions regarding the treatment of residents. Based on the OYAS, residents referring offense, and past problematic behaviors, residents are placed in one of three treatment tracks, which include: Substance Abuse Treatment, Sexual Offender Treatment, or General Delinquency Treatment. Each specific track requires the resident to address individual treatment objectives related to their track as well as attending track specific groups. Regardless of their track, each resident is required to attend Thinking For a Change Group, Options To Anger Group, Life Skills Group, Problem Solving Group, Relapse Prevention Group, Skill Streaming Group, and Thinking Error Group. Intervention Group is an additional group which residents may attend if they are in need of additional support and skill building.

Substance Abuse Treatment


 Residents with current Substance Abuse issues or indicators will be required  to attend substance abuse treatment specific group bi-weekly.  The curriculum refers to legal effects of substance abuse.  This intervention relies on a cognitive-behavioral approach to teach participants strategies for avoiding substances abuse.  The program places heavy emphasis on skill-building activities to assist with cognitive, social, emotional, and coping skill development.  The components of the 38 session curriculum include the following: Cognitive Restructuring, Emotional Regulation, Social Skills, Problem Solving and Relapse Prevention Plan.  The primary curriculum used in this group is Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse, University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute. 

Sexual Offender Treatment


 Residents with a current sex offense adjudication will be required to attend sex offender specific group bi-weekly.  Those residents with prior sexual convictions, as well as those displaying inappropriate sexual behaviors, may be considered for inclusion in this group.  In addition to basic sexuality issues, this group will also focus on healthy sexual boundaries, impulse control, fantasy management, offense cycle, victim empathy, registration requirements and relapse prevention.  The primary curriculum used in this group is Pathways (Timothy J. Kahn). 

Education Overview


 Education at the Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio is provided in conjunction with the Wood County Educational Service Center. The teachers and the education coordinator are employed by the WCESC and work as part of the JRC team. The cooperation and teamwork between agencies continues to be positive assets to the overall success of the program.Three highly qualified, secondary certified teachers, an intervention specialist and a secondary certified principal provide the education for the students at JRC.  We offer three tracks for the students including: 

  • Special Needs
  • Middle School
  • High School/College Prep

 Students who are on Individual Education Plans follow the established goals in cooperation with their home school, and JRC.  A change of placement meeting is held at the time of the student intake.  School administration maintains an open communication with the home school, their school psychologist and special education staff.  State testing is administered at JRC, and the home district plays a key role in this process and remains the district of record for the Ohio Department of Education.