William Feyerherm

Date of Award

Spring 10-1-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice


Criminology and Criminal Justice

Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 178 pages)


Oregon -- Criminal Justice Services Division -- Case studies, Functional Family Therapy (Program) -- Case studies, Behavior therapy for teenagers -- Oregon -- Multnomah County -- Case studies, Juvenile delinquents -- Rehabilitation -- Oregon -- Multnomah County -- Case studies, Community-based corrections -- Oregon -- Evaluation -- Case studies.




In March 2011, Multnomah County's Juvenile Services Division (JSD) in Portland, Oregon implemented a new program model called Functional Family Probation Services, a case management model based on the principles of Functional Family Therapy. Under this model JSD Juvenile Court Counselors deliver Functional Family Probation Services to medium and high-risk youth on probation; both to the youth and their family in their home. This qualitative case study examined the extent to which the Juvenile Court Counselors and Community Justice Managers implemented Functional Family Probation Service's components and recorded their opinions regarding Functional Family Probation Services as a case management model. The study included observations of consultation meetings and interviews of 17 Juvenile Court Counselors, Community Justice Managers, and Senior Managers. The primary results of the study revealed that the Functional Family Probation Services intervention is well received by the county's youth and families and that Functional Family Probation Services increases family functioning. Additionally, both observations and self-reports from the Juvenile Court Counselors and Community Justice Managers indicate that Functional Family Probation Services requires individual and organizational changes critical for its successful implementation and sustainability.

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