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NCJ Number: 70964 Find in a Library
Title: Community Adjustment Training Program - The Sensible Alternative
Corporate Author: North Carolina Dept of Correction
Division of Adult Probation and Parole
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
North Carolina Dept of Correction
Raleigh, NC 27603
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Community Adjustment Training Program of North Carolina is described; program need, objectives, structure, sources of referral, sessions content, use of volunteers, and projections are addressed.
Abstract: The program, as it now exists with respect to the courts and to the probation and parole division, is a community-based group training and/or counseling program designed to serve primarily as a diversion from active sentencing and secondarily as a complement to probation and parole supervision activities. It is designed to address the onset of criminal behavior through treatment methods which will result in positive behavioral changes in the offender. Program objectives are accomplished through the utilization of group dynamics. Both group and individual training emphasize the importance of communication and attitude in coping with life situations. Community resources, self-awareness exercises, communications exercises, and counseling sessions are implemented. Attendence is mandatory for each of the 12 program sessions. The courts and the division of adult probation and parole refer youth and adult offenders, both male and female. The program is not designed to address the special problems of the handicapped or of habitual drug and alcohol abusers. For more serious offenses, the program can be used as part of a suspended sentence or as a condition of probation. For minor offenses, charges may be dismissed following successful program completion. Session topics include the relationship between attitude and behavior, social concerns, behavioral alternatives, responsibility, and self-image. The program presently (1980) uses both community resources, volunteers, and student interns. The project has thus far gained a great deal of support from the courts and its officers.
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Behavior modification; Behavior modification training; Community support; Counseling; Diversion programs; Group therapy; North Carolina; Probation or parole services; Programs
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