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Policy and Practice Briefs

Issue Two: The Case of the Juvenile Offender

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The Center for Social Work Research Practice and Policy Briefs provide open access to vital research by School of Social Work faculty in a simple format for social work practitioners. The briefs focus on the policy or practice implications of innovative faculty research. The second issue, by Associate Professor Poco Kernsmith and Assistant Professor of Research Joanne Smith-Darden, focuses on juvenile sex offenders. Research has demonstrated treatment, particularly re-integrative approaches, are effective in preventing recidivism among juvenile sex offenders. The brief highlights how policy trends have instead become more punitive, which may impose barriers to successful reintegration and increase recidivism rates. Click on the image for a listing of all Policy and Practice Briefs and to download PDFs.

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S.M.A.R.T.

The Student Mentor Applied Research Team

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The Student Mentor Applied Research Team is a learning community that provides students the opportunity to participate in a culture of learning that emphasizes the importance and value of research competence in the field of social work. In the photo: Associate Professor Antonio Gonzal├ęz-Prendes talks to S.M.A.R.T. students about his research.

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Debra Patterson

Delivery and Evaluation of Sexual Assault Forensic (SAFE) Training Programs- National Institute of Justice Grant

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Associate Professor Debra Patterson recently completed a three year evaluation of an online hybrid training program developed and implemented by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. The evaluation found that the students exhibited high knowledge gains in most online modules, and experienced a fairly high level of knowledge retention three months post-training.

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The Center is the focal point for community engagement and faculty research. On this website you can access the latest information on research and scholarship. Read about our work with Strategic Partners and the services that we offer to meet community needs. Learn how social work researchers apply their knowledge, skills and values to make a difference in an urban environment that is home to the School. Join us as a colleague, partner or student as we continue the tradition of engaged social work research.




The Center is the focal point for community engagement and faculty research. On this website you can access the latest information on research and scholarship. Read about our work with Strategic Partners and the services that we offer to meet community needs. Learn how social work researchers apply their knowledge, skills and values to make a difference in an urban environment that is home to the School. Join us as a colleague, partner or student as we continue the tradition of engaged social work research.