The Impact of Restorative Justice Interventions (1 CE)
This course is for: Clinical Psychologists, Counselors, and MFTs
Course By: Julie Laken Harnisher, Ph.D.
Content By: Bouffard, J., Cooper, M., & Bergseth, K. (2017). The effectiveness of various restorative justice interventions on recidivism outcomes among juvenile offenders. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 15 (4), 465-480.
Course Description: The use of restorative justice (RJ) programming has increased in the United States over the last 30 years. Little research has focused on programmatic effectiveness differences across restorative justice program-types. The accompanying study investigated recidivism outcomes among juvenile offenders who participated in one of four restorative justice intervention programs compared to offenders who participated in traditional juvenile court proceedings. Researchers found that each version of the restorative justice intervention (i.e. direct and indirect victim/offender mediator, community panels, and limited interactions with the program facilitator) produced a significant reduction in recidivism.
- Articulate why restorative justice interventions among juvenile offenders were necessary given the historical introductory information relative to the literature
- Appraise the study conclusions in consideration of the statistical findings
- Integrate the discussed study limitations with the areas suggested for future research
- Read and understand The Effectiveness of Various Restorative Justice Interventions on Recidivism Outcomes Among Juvenile Offenders
- Read the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Understand the relationship between restorative justice interventions and recidivism outcomes among juvenile offenders
- Work through the post-test questions; keep in mind that answer selections should be derived from the accompanying article
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions and/or to further understand the effectiveness of restorative justice programs