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NCJ Number: 114297 Find in a Library
Title: Use of Paraprofessionals To Deliver Home-Based Family Therapy to Juvenile Delinquents
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior: An International Journal  Volume:15  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1988)  Pages:364-378
Author(s): D A Gordon; J Arbuthnot
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 15
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Paraprofessionals are used increasingly to deliver services to juvenile delinquents, primarily because of the lower cost associated with such services.
Abstract: The literature comparing the effectiveness of paraprofessionals to professionals indicates that paraprofessionals achieve results equal to or superior to those achieved by professionals. The majority of these studies used adults as clients. When paraprofessionals are trained to work with children and adolescents, the lack of detail about the training procedures makes replication and dissemination of effective interventions difficult. The authors describe three training projects in which paraprofessionals were trained and supervised in the use of functional family therapy, an empirically validated, teachable approach developed for use with families of delinquents. Factors that facilitate acquisition and utilization of this method are detailed, including trainee selection, training methods, supervision, and organizational consultation. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Paraprofessional training
Index Term(s): Family counseling; Juvenile Corrections/Detention staff training
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