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Implementing the Family Support Approach for Community Supervision

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76 pages
Tracy G. Mullins; Christine Toner
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This report introduces the Family Support Approach for Community Supervision, engaging families and social networks in a formalized partnership for successful supervision.
The Family Support Approach for Community Supervision is based on the Bodega Model, the signature model of Family Justice. The three core concepts of this approach are: consider people in context, build on family interactions, and focus on strengths of individuals, families, and community. Key points within the Family Support Approach for Community Supervision include: (1) people are complex and reveal different parts of their lives depending on the context in which they are functions; (2) families know more about themselves than anyone else and often will have more influence over someone succeeding while on community supervision than an outside person; and (3) simply eliminating immediate problems does not bring about long-term behavior change; long-term change requires individuals to call upon internal and external strengths. This report focuses on agencies that want to implement the approach within their current practices and programs by describing the primary tools and techniques of the Family Support Approach and examining ways in which the concept of a Family Support Approach for Community Supervision can be put into practice, from an individual supervision officer perspective and from an agency perspective. References and appendix
Date Created: November 18, 2016