Unformatted text preview: that offenders “exit the system
more capable of being productive and responsible in the community.” “Competency” is
essentially the capacity to do something well that others value. Competency development would
therefore emphasize the need for a broader concern with maturational development and for
programs and practices which help young offenders acquire skills which allow them to survive
and thrive in conventional communities.
Values and Assumptions. While individual treatment is based on an assumption of the need to
identify deficits and dysfunctions and to provide remedial help, the more preventive and
proactive competency development intervention strategy focuses first on identifying individual,
family and community strengths and resources. Families and other conventional adults in the
offender's community would be viewed as essential resources in this process and would be
engaged in efforts to increase offender competency as well as in efforts to ensure accountability
and public safety.
Essentially, the treatment model encourages a view of young offenders as incapable of positive,
productive behavior until the offenders' personal and i...
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2011 for the course CRJU 4230 taught by Professor Derekallen during the Spring '10 term at Georgia State.
- Spring '10