The EBP Quarterly - Volume 2, Number 4

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    Incorporating Surveys to Improve Police-Community Partnerships

    George M. Froggé, Austin Peay State University  Abstract In some cities, Read More
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Sex Offender Risk, Recidivism, and Policy

Kristi L. Greenberg University of New Read More
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Employment and Recidivism

Tianyin Yu, University of New Haven Read More
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Editor: David L. Myers, PhD, University of New Haven

Publisher: Joyfields Institute

Photos by James Connolly, Ashim D’Silva, Christian Chen, Ray Hennessy on Unsplash

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Welcome to this month's collection of relevant articles, resources, grants and upcoming events

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Evidence-Based Professionals Society Launches Local Networking Groups

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ATLANTA, November 6, 2017 --

The Evidence Based Professionals Society today launched the EBP Networking Group, (EBPNG). EBP Networking Groups are local communities of professionals committed to the evidence-based movement who have an interest in evidence-based practices. In a statement, Sobem Nwoko, Founder of EBP Society, and President, Joyfields Institute stated, "In our year end vision survey and events nationwide professionals told us they want more localized programming, a way to address matters affecting them at the local level, and opportunities to engage others in the field where you live and work. This has prompted us to get the EBPNG going."

An EBPNG community may be established by any professionals who desire such a community in their local area. Evidence-Based Professionals Networking Groups;

  • are communities of local professionals in major metro areas engaged or interested in evidence-based practices
  • provide forum for these local professionals to network and interact with one another, and
  • provide forums for local professionals to share ideas and solve problems local to them

Mr. Nwoko added, "...professionals want to meet and network with others locally who, like them are serious about "what works". We encourage current and interested professionals in human, social and justice services field to take advantege of this opportunity to engage one another through the EBPNG. That's what this is about. We have whole package to help groups get started"

EBP Networking Groups are now forming across the country. Professionals interested in forming an EBP Networking Group in their area should send email immediately to [email protected], or call 678-720-2772 to for more details.

About EBP Society

EBP Society is the Society for Evidence based Organizations and Professionals. The society helps build capacity and enhance the careers of organizations and professionals in the human and social services fields by promoting adoption of evidence based and strength-centered approaches everywhere, providing efficient access to evidence based education and resources, and facilitating professional certification in Evidence Based and Strength-Centered expertise.

Its membership are organizations and professionals dedicated to evidencec based and strength-centered practices, programs and policies. Learn more about EBPNG's online

CONTACT

EBP Networking Group

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.ebpng.org

(678) 720-2772

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Youth Mentoring: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice

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David L. Myers, PhD University of New Haven

In recent decades, youth mentoring has experienced tremendous growth throughout the United States. Available estimates place the current number of youth mentoring programs at more than 5,000 nationwide, with approximately 3 million children and adolescents receiving services (DuBois, Portillo, Rhodes, Silverthorn, & Valentine, 2011; Miller, Barnes, Miller, & McKinnon, 2013; Stewart & Openshaw, 2014; Tolan, Henry, Schoeny, Lovegrove, & Nichols, 2014). Political and public support have contributed to approximately 1 in 3 adults reporting they have participated in some form of mentoring, and around $100 million per year in federal funds are dedicated to youth mentoring programs and research (Stewart & Openshaw, 2014; Tolan et al., 2014). Overall, youth mentoring is perhaps the most widely implemented and financially supported prevention and intervention strategy for at-risk youth in America. 

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The Use of Gay & Straight Alliances in Reducing Illicit Drug Use and Prescription Drug Misuse among LGBT Adolescents

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Tim Daty University of New Haven

Gay & Straight Alliances (GSA) are school sanctioned student organizations that incorporate heterosexual students, homosexual students and adult participation. These organizations potentially ease the hardships that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender) youth encounter, change negative perceptions surrounding homosexuality, and support these youths in their pursuit of positive outcomes. Research consistently suggests that social connectedness and positive support are at the root of drug abuse among LGBT youth (Hatzenbuehler, Jun, Corliss, & Austin, 2015; Heck et al., 2014; Kecojevic et al., 2012; Bird, Kuhns, & Garofalo, 2012). In the absence of social support and positive relationships, LGBT youth seek coping mechanisms such as illicit and prescription drugs as a way of alleviating this stress. However, schools with a GSA have reported better personal and health outcomes among their LGBT populations. More specifically, the incidence of illicit drug use and prescription drug misuse among gay adolescents is lower among these schools. Gay & Straight Alliances (GSA) seek to offer positive reinforcement to gay youth, reduce strain and make students less likely to seek coping mechanisms such as illicit drug use and prescription drug misuse. 

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Focused Deterrence Interventions: A Critical Review

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Joseph Dule University of New Haven

Boston pioneered a focused deterrence strategy in the 1990s, to reduce high rates of youth and gang violence. Initially, Boston’s “Operation Ceasefire” working group conducted problem analysis. This research revealed approximately 60% of Boston homicides were gang related, and that both the perpetrators and victims of violence were highly criminal—i.e., they possessed criminal records and were typically known (often by-name) by the Boston Police Department (BPD).  Accordingly, the intervention aimed to “communicate incentives and disincentives directly to known high risk chronic offenders” (Corsaro & Engel, 2015).  To accomplish this, BPD conducted “call in” sessions with chronic offenders—often those who were out on parole—to make them aware that violence would not be tolerated (Kennedy et al., 2001).  The BPD message was simple: if you commit violence, then every legal lever possible will be pulled to ensure that you will be held accountable.  Further, not only will violence not be tolerated, but if one person in the group commits violence, then “heat” from the BPD will be brought on to the entire group (Kennedy, 2011). 

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Examining Dog-Training Programs in Prison: Success Found Among Confounding Factors

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Kevin Earl University of New Haven

Dogs have great therapeutic power. It is easy to think of anecdotal evidence of this being true. In day-to-day life, dog owners are able to decompress after a long day at work or are simply able to feel unconditional love from them. Dogs are able to provide services for disabled individuals. Dogs can become certified specifically to help individuals cope with loss or depression. Dogs can even predict ill health and help individuals recover from ill health (Sachs-Ericsson, Hansen, and Fitzgerald; Wells, 2007). In consideration of all the benefits of having a dog in one’s life, the question one must ask is: can prisoners benefit from dogs as well?

This paper examines dog-training programs in the prison setting with regard to their ability to achieve their goals and objectives related to recidivism. Dog-training programs (DTPs) are the most common type of prison-based animal program, with 290 facilities across all 50 states having implemented them (Cooke and Farrington, 2016). The goals and objectives of DTPs vary slightly from program-to-program; however, the main focuses are recidivism and behavior in prison. DTPs teach prisoners to be dog trainers as a means of providing a source of rehabilitation to combat recidivism. Through this examination, the author concludes that DTPs are successful in that they achieve desired results. Criminological theories as well as limitations of evaluations performed on these programs that explain this success are discussed.

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The EBP Quarterly - Volume 2, Number 3

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    Youth Mentoring: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice

    David L. Myers, PhD University of New Haven In recent Read More
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Editor: David L. Myers, PhD, University of New Haven

Publisher: Joyfields Institute

Photos by Marc ScaturroJosh NezonSamuel Zeller & Paul Rysz on Unsplash

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Evidence-Based Professionals Society Set to Launch Local Networking Group

The Evidence-Based Professionals Society is set to launch what it calls the Evidence-Based Professionals Networking Group (EBPNG). The goal is to create local communities of professionals who are committed to the evidence-based movement,and afford them a vehicle to meet periodically, network and share matters of interest to them and their local areas.

An EBPNG community may be established by any professionals who desire such a community in their local area. Evidence-Based Professionals Networking Groups;

  • are communities of local professionals in major metro areas engaged or interested in evidence-based practices
  • provide forum for these local professionals to network and interact with one another, and
  • provide forums for local professionals to share ideas and solve problems local to them

EBPNG's are now forming across the country. Professionals interested in starting a networking group in their area should send email to [email protected], or call 678-720-2772. 

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