John Aarons is the Assistant Division Manager at Lane County Division of Youth Services, the juvenile justice provider for Lane County, located in Eugene, Oregon where he has worked for the past thirty years. In this role, Mr. Aarons is responsible for the implementation of culturally competent, evidence-based interventions designed to reduce recidivism and encourage pro-social development in youthful offenders across the spectrum of programming.
Over the last thirty years, Mr. Aarons has also worked as a group worker in detention, a counselor in intensive probation services, and a counselor with a traditional probation caseload. Along with two colleagues at Lane County Department of Youth Services, Mr. Aarons developed and has implemented “Option to Anger” a nationally recognized, evidence-based model aimed at reducing anger and violence. He has published numerous articles addressing anger reduction and co-authored a book on the field of juvenile justice: Dispatches from Juvenile Hall: How to Fix a Failing System (Penguin Pub. 2009).
Mr. Aarons graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, combining corrections and counseling. He is certified through the University of Cincinnati as a trainer in the delivery of effective practices in community supervision (EPICS), cognitive behavioral interventions and the correctional program checklist. He is a charter member of the State of Oregon Juvenile Corrections Training Team and received training through the National Institute of Corrections and the Board of Public Safety and Standards Training in the State of Oregon. Mr. Aarons has presented workshops for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, National Center for Juvenile Justice and has conducted trainings on a variety of topics for professionals in corrections, juvenile justice, education, and related fields. Mr. Aarons is an instructor at the University of Oregon, in the Education Department, Substance Abuse Prevention Program, College of the Redwoods, and Lane Community College.