Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)


Educational Leadership


In 1973, the Separate Juvenile Court of Douglas County faced a very serious problem while lacking resources to place delinquent youth for rehabilitative treatment. At the same time that the court was experiencing this problem, the national trend was to close state institutions. According to experts in the field of youth services, this trend could have created a need for community based treatment centers. Nearly a year previous to the study, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners instructed the Douglas County Department of Social Services and the Juvenile Court to devise an alternative to sending youth away from their own community for counseling and rehabilitation. This practice was a growing trend to find alternatives to the inhumane and debilitating conditions of traditional institutional treatment programs for children. Such treatment centers usually were unrelated to the everyday world, were confined to members of one sex or the other, did not afford an opportunity for work skills, and generally failed to teach responsibility for ones' own action.


A Field Project Presented to the Department of Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Specialist in Education. Copyright Emil J. Radik Jr., May, 1974

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