John Aarons, MS, is a casework supervisor working at Lane County Department of Youth Services. Aarons has been employed in corrections work in Oregon for over 25 years in direct service and positions of increased responsibility including program design, implementation, staff supervision, and training. Aarons is certified through the University of Cincinnati as a trainer of cognitive behavioral interventions and correctional program evaluation utilizing the Correctional Program Checklist. Aarons is a nationally recognized trainer and an adjunct faculty at the UO and Lane Community College. He has conducted trainings for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Oregon Juvenile Department Director's Association.
Along with two colleagues at Lane County Department of Youth Services, Aarons developed and has implemented "Option to Anger," a nationally recognized model aimed at reducing anger and violence. Born in New York City, Aarons graduated from the UO with a master’s in interdisciplinary studies, combining corrections and counseling. He has been an adjunct instructor with the UO Substance Abuse Prevention Program since 2001.