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Unformatted text preview: activity is needed to bring about change in
the “public image” or the community's perception of the offender. Such improvement in this
public image, as well as cognitive changes in decision making skills and emotional
competencies, is ultimately needed for effective reintegration, and it requires increasing the
offender's ability to function as a productive, responsible citizen. Many more traditional
treatment/service objectives designed to end involvement in destructive behavior (e.g., drug
abuse) would be incorporated into a comprehensive rehabilitative agenda based on competency
development. However, unless competency development goals are given priority, pursuit of
traditional treatment outcomes will continue to drive allocation of staff time and juvenile justice
Priorities for Practice. Treatment casework typically fails to actively engage young offenders in
valued activities which allow them to “practice “ being competent in a new role. Competency
development programs and practices prioritize such activities. While treatment interventions
keep offenders in passive roles as recipients of treatment or services, competency development
interventions attempt to engage youth in productive experiential activitie...
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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 University, Atlanta.
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