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Testing Evidence-Based Trauma-Informed Treatment with Adults Releasing from Jail in Seminole County, Florida

Nearly 96% of incarcerated men and women report at least one lifetime traumatic experience with most reporting an average of three lifetime traumatic experiences. Left untreated, trauma symptoms can increase the likelihood of future behavioral health problems and entanglement in the criminal justice system.

In a new innovative approach to responding to traumatic experiences, the James E. Polk Correctional Facility in Seminole County, Florida is partnering with IJRD to implement trauma-informed treatment designed for incarcerated individuals preparing for release from jail. The trauma treatment, Skills Training for Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR) will be delivered in individual and group-based therapy sessions inside the jail as well as in community settings.

The implementation of STAIR includes the delivery of services as well as a research study to assess the feasibility and impact of STAIR on a variety of recipient outcomes. Therefore, we are hiring two part-time positions – a Trauma-Informed Care Practitioner to deliver treatment to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated men and women and a Research and Assessment Specialist to enroll participants into the study and conduct data collection interviews before and after the intervention in the jail and in community settings.

Learn more!

Learn more about this project and how you can join our team in Seminole County, Florida. 

Trauma-Informed Care Practitioner

We are hiring a Master’s level practitioner to deliver the STAIR intervention to adults at the James E. Polk Jail and in the Seminole county community after their release. Read the full advertisement here.  

Research & Assessment Specialist

We are hiring a Bachelor level researcher to enroll individuals at the James E. Polk jail into the study and interview them on site and in the Seminole County community after their release. Read the full advertisement here. 

The 5-Key Model for Reentry Program Demonstration Project  

Mass incarceration continues to be a significant public health and public safety issue in the US. At the beginning of the 21st century, there was growing excitement and energy surrounding programs designed to aid the transition from prison to the community. Now well over a decade later, innovations in prisoner reentry programs have fallen into a rut as most are found to only have a negligible impact on recidivism and mass incarceration because the programs simply cannot meet the growing demands on reentry services.

In order to disrupt the current state of poor outcomes for prisoner reentry, our team identified and are refining a program that addresses the five key ingredients to successful reentry, entitled the 5-Key Model for Reentry Program. This manual was built on a review of over 100,000 program evaluations. Using the most cutting-edge research available, we selected the most potent interventions and combined them into one reentry program manual. The 5-Key Model focuses on the social mobility and well-being of formerly incarcerated individuals to ensure individuals will remain crime-free and contribute positively to society. Research indicates that a focus on mobility and well-being best maximizes public health and public safety.    

The IJRD team is currently researching and refining the 5-Key Model among 1,500 men and women in 4 states. The research entails a randomized controlled trial and involves researchers and practitioners in its implementation and refinement process. We have established local teams in each state and these positions will join one of those local teams.


Reentry Project Manager

The Reentry Project Manager ensures that the study and practice protocol are strictly adhered to and closely supervises the state-based research and practice team.  See the full advertisement for details.

Reentry Program Specialist

The Reentry Program Specialist coordinates and implements reentry services with participants returning from prison to the community. See the full advertisement for details.

Research & Assessment Specialist

The Research & Assessment Specialist interviews prisoners and those recently released from prison who are part of the randomized control trial of the 5-Key Model for Reentry Program. See the full advertisement for details.

Clinical Research Associate

The Clinical Research Associate ensures that services are delivered as designed by reviewing assessment and treatment plans, monitoring the use of evidence-driven interventions, and providing  feedback and training to practitioners. See the full advertisement for details. 


Reentry Program Specialist - PT

The Reentry Program Specialist coordinates and implements reentry services with participants returning from prison to the community.  See the full advertisement for details.

Project Support Staff - PT

Project Support Staff assist research staff with tracking and coordinating research activities with participants returning from prison to the community. See the full advertisement for details.