The Role of Family in Treating Juvenile Offenders

The Role of Family in Treating Juvenile Offenders

Required
? Hanser, R. D., Mire, S. M., & Braddock, A. (2011). Correctional counseling. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.
o Chapter 6, “Family Systems Therapy and Counseling” (pp. 137?168)
? Mulford, C., & Redding, R. (2008). Training the Parents of Juvenile Offenders: State of the Art and Recommendations for Service Delivery. Journal Of Child & Family Studies, 17(5), 629?648.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
? Document: Treatment Outcome Models (PDF)
Use this document to support this week’s Assignment.

The Role of Family in Treating Juvenile Offenders
Children often come from varying relationships. They are sons, daughters, cousins, grandchildren, students, or even wards. These relationships are dynamic, and as children age they establish their identity and individuality independent of others. At the same time, children typically rely on others for guidance and support. The goal of a child’s developmental process is to reach adulthood having the ability to act independently and responsibly in the context of established relationships such as the family. This is important to consider when selecting treatment approaches and providing treatment to juvenile offenders. In addition, it is important to consider the benefits and liabilities of involving the family or supportive adults in the treatment of juvenile offenders.
To prepare for this Assignment, consider the role and importance of family in the treatment of juvenile offenders.
The Assignment (1?2 pages):
o Explain the role and importance of family in the treatment of juvenile offenders. Be specific.
o Explain how forensic treatment practitioners can involve family in the treatment of juvenile offenders. Then, explain the benefits and challenges to the family’s involvement.
o Use examples from the resources and from your own research to illustrate your points.
Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list only for those resources not included in the resources for this course.

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