Date of Award
Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (CDP)
International Development, Community and Environment
Dr. Laurie Ross
Professor Jennifer Safford-Farquharson
Nearly 60% of youth involved in the juvenile justice system in the United States have a diagnosable mental illness (Buffington, 2010; SAMHSA, 2012). These high and proven risk youth have fallen through the cracks in the behavioral health system, with a lack of prevention, intervention, and effective treatment methods being provided to them prior to incarceration. This paper presents connections between childhood trauma, undiagnosed and untreated mental illnesses, and delinquency in adulthood for high and proven-risk young men. It also investigates barriers to engaging high and proven risk young men in treatment with the concepts of stigma, and hyper-masculinity introduced. In addition to the literature, an analysis of the behavioral health programming of the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) in Worcester, MA focuses on exploring the importance of clinicians using trust and relationship building techniques within their therapeutic models to produce higher rates of engagement with high and proven risk youth.
Sullivan, Tracie, "Engaging in Effective Behavioral Health Treatment Methods: The Importance of Building Trust and Relationships with High and Proven Risk Men with a History of Childhood Trauma(s)" (2017). International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). 106.