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Youth Services Institute

The Youth Services Institute (YSI) is committed to serving youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The institute oversees the operation of three juvenile justice programs — the Certified Therapist for Adolescents with Problematic Sexual Behavior (CTAPSB) program, the Continuum of Care Program (COCP), and the Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) program. Through agreements with the Alabama Department of Youth Services (DYS) and the Tuscaloosa Children’s Center, YSI provides assistance in the areas of:

  • Program development and implementation
  • Treatment consultation
  • Practitioner training, development, and supervision
  • Training needs assessments and the provision of training sessions
  • Diversion grants and requests for proposals
  • Program evaluation
  • Grant proposals
  • Research endeavors and data collection

The institute also assists with the facilitation of several other projects that impact adjudicated youth.

Housed within UA’s School of Social Work, YSI is one of 30 research centers/facilities at The University of Alabama.

YSI Programs


    one person

    Certified Therapist for Adolescents with Problematic Sexual Behavior

  • COCP

    a group of people

    Continuum of Care Program