ABLE Staff Training

Funding will go toward strengthening the delivery of its Adolescent Behavioral Learning Experience (ABLE) program.

The Osborne Association provides treatment, vocational, and family services to youth and adults involved with the criminal justice system. Osborne seeks to improve the ABLE (Adolescent Behavioral Learning Experience) program by training staff to work more effectively with its youth participants. Through ABLE, about 3,000 detained and sentenced youth ages 16–18 held on Rikers Island receive a cognitive behavioral therapy to change thinking patterns that lead to negative behaviors. Staff want to reduce violent incidents and alarms that disrupt the program and increase successful program completion rates and will be trained on nonviolent conflict resolution, gang education, and motivational interviewing.

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