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Wed, Sep 06


Online Event

Helping System-Involved Youth and Families Understand the Juvenile Justice System

Marya Wright, MSW, ASW #81167

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Helping System-Involved Youth and Families Understand the Juvenile Justice System
Helping System-Involved Youth and Families Understand the Juvenile Justice System

Time & Location

Sep 06, 2023, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Marya Wright, MSW, ASW #81167

Training Description

This training provides professionals working with system-involved youth and families with an understanding of the juvenile justice system and how to support youth and families who are involved in that system. Participants will gain knowledge of the laws, policies, and procedures that govern the juvenile justice system, and learn best practices for working with these system-involved youth and families.

Learning Objectives

● Participants will be able to identify and explain three key components of the juvenile justice system.

● Participants will demonstrate their understanding of best practices for working with system-involved youth and families by developing a comprehensive support plan for a hypothetical case scenario.

● Participants will identify and describe three strategies for promoting cultural competence in the juvenile justice system, as evidenced by their written reflection on their own biases and cultural awareness.


1:00 – 1:10pm  Welcome, Agenda, Objectives and Learning Goals

1:10 – 1:20pm  Overview of the Juvenile Justice System

1:20 – 1:30pm  Juvenile Justice System Structure

1:30 – 1:45pm  Juvenile Justice System Function

1:45 – 2:00pm  Juvenile Justice Laws, Policies, and Procedures

2:00 – 2:15pm  Juvenile Rights

2:15 – 2:30pm  Juvenile Protections

2:30 – 2:45pm  BREAK (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

2:45 – 3:00pm  Factors contributing to system involvement

3:00 – 3:15pm  Supporting System-Involved Youth and families

3:15 – 3:30pm  Best practices for working with system-involved youth

3:30 – 3:40pm  Best practice for working with system-involved families

3:40 – 3:50pm  Cultural Competence in Juvenile Justice

3:50 – 4:00pm  Questions/Answers/Closing

Meet Our Trainer

Marya Wright, MSW, is a nationally distinguished social worker, consultant, educator, international trainer, and facilitator with experience in organizational leadership, child welfare services, and curriculum development. She is the President and CEO of Wright Community Services LLC, a company that strives to empower system-involved families through awareness, services, and education while also providing consultation, training, and system specific facilitation to the agencies that services these communities. She is a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (#81167) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences working to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).


Marya holds a Master’s in Social Work from California State University, East Bay with a focus on Child Welfare Policy and Research and a Bachelor’s in Social Work with a focus on Child Welfare Services and Motivational Interviewing from San Diego State University.


Marya is a qualified expert witness and private dependency investigator for children, youth, and family services as it relates to family law court, juvenile and dependency court. She is an elected Board of Director for the California Society of Clinical Social Work (CSCSW).


Marya has conducted considerable research on Child Sexual Exploitation, Foster Care, and published an article on the use of algorithmic decision-making in child welfare. In addition to her clinical social work, Marya is a seasoned lecturer. She has taught in the Sociology Department at Cal State East Bay since Spring 2020. Her course load includes Sociology of Sexualities, Child Welfare Policy, Sociology of Family, and Sexual Violence.

This course meets the qualifications for (2.75) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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