Thank you for taking the time to visit this webpage. My name is Jay Aguas and I am a juvenile Justice and Motivational Interviewing consultant and trainer. I currently reside in Sacramento, California. Since the beginning of my career, I have sought opportunities to enhance my skills in a variety of capacities. I have been an agency personnel director and represented the Governors office in collective bargaining negotiations with state employees. My real passion resides in the area of training and criminal justice. I have held increasing responsible positions in the juvenile justice area including serving as the Superintendent (warden) of a juvenile facility with 530 youthful offenders and 486 staff. I left this position to become the Deputy Director of Juvenile Facilities with oversight of 8 juvenile facilities and 2 fire camps under my direct responsibility. After retiring in December of 2007, I have continued to provide technical and consultative services in the juvenile justice area with an emphasis on reform programs and court compliance. Throughout my career, I have always sought and was selected to provide a wide variety of in-service training courses. After a 31 year absence from a formal education program, I returned to school and earned my Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in December of 2005. My thesis was "Is social learning the root cause of juvenile gang behavior" which included 350 subjects in the study. Currently, I teach Juvenile Delinquency prevention at the local Junior College and Gang's and Gang Behavior at the University Level.

Along my life path, I was exposed to a new type of individual counseling style called "Motivational Interviewing" in February of 2007. I felt the process had enormous positive use in the criminal justice area especially in probation and institutional settings. Over the next 24 months, I engulfed myself in gaining a high level of knowledge and practice with this methodology. I was very fortunate to be selected to travel to Stiges, Spain to be trained as part of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) program. Since that date, I have been actively involved in developing and providing MI training for a number of jurisdictions. I am also on staff with UC Davis extension program for MI services.

I believe that I have a wealth of knowledge and experiences to help organizations meet desired performance outcomes. I will never accept an assignment where I can not contribute to the betterment of the organization. I am always available to discuss potential projects and ideas, so please feel free to contact me at your convenience.