Erdem Launches Nationwide Juvenile Recidivism Program in Turkey

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Gizem Erdem, Ph.D., LMFT, and her colleagues have recently completed a two-year, nationwide risk assessment system development and implementation project aiming to prevent recidivism among juvenile probationers in Turkey. The project was co-funded by the European Union and Turkish Ministry of Justice in collaboration with UNICEF.

Dr. Erdem and her colleagues designed an evidence-informed juvenile risk and needs assessment tool and prepared five training manuals for its implementation. The team trained and supervised probation officers, visited offices during the pilot phase, and held regional workshops with governmental and non-governmental organizations across seven districts to raise awareness on prevention of juvenile recidivism. The project now runs in 21 cities and 24 probation offices across the country with over 500 officers trained in child protective services and strength-based, evidence-informed youth rehabilitation services. Learn more about the project.

Dr. Erdem is an assistant professor of psychology at Koç University, Turkey. Her research interests are program development and evaluation for substance-abusing and delinquent youth and their families. At NCFR, she has served as the students and new professional representative of the International Section. She is the current secretary/treasurer of the Family Therapy Section.

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