Developing strengths-based treatment to improve the juvenile justice system
Many of the most innovative treatment models now being developed incorporate community involvement and strengths-based approaches to address the habilitation of substance-abusing youth. The strengths-based service delivery is limited due to the lack of both strengths-based assessment tools and standardized ways of training practitioners in how to use those tools. This purpose of this project is to design a strengths-based treatment tool that can be used to assess areas in a youth's life that can be mobilized and built upon to maximize potential for being a productive member of the community. The goal is to produce a positive, practical, and interdisciplinary assessment of resources, potential, and strengths/capacities that can be integrated into juvenile justice, substance-abuse treatment, and other support service options. The project also includes a training component to assist in adopting a strengths-based approach to teach professionals how to use the assessment tool and to create a manual for wider distribution. The project will help translate strengths-based ideas into practice.
Amount Awarded $399,501.00
Awarded on: 10/14/2000
Time frame: 10/1/2000 - 11/30/2003
Grant Number: 39331