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Participants Perceptions of Veterans Treatment Courts: A Qualitative Assessment and Systems Model

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Joseph Richard Herzog ,

University of West Florida, US
About Joseph
Joseph Herzog is a Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of West Florida. He graduated with a MSW from Florida State University and a PhD from the University of South Carolina. Joseph’s social work career began in 1992. He has worked in both public and private non-profit agencies providing clinical supervision for staff and direct services for clients. From 1998 to 2008 he worked as the clinical director at the Frasier Center, a non-profit mental health center located near Ft. Stewart. His work at the Frasier Center with service members and their families led to his dissertation research was on secondary trauma in military families. He has since written numerous journal articles, book chapters, and co-authored the textbook “Social Work Practice with Military Populations” published by Pearson.
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Frank Ferdik,

University of West Florida, US
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Diane Scott,

University of West Florida, US
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Andrew Denney,

Loyola University New Orleans, US
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Sabrina Conklin

University of West Florida, US
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Abstract

This qualitative study explores veteran treatment court (VTC) participant perceptions of the judicial processes within the court, their experiences with the judge and other court actors, and the relationship between their military service and criminal activity. Purposive sampling was employed to recruit a sample of 13 justice-involved veterans, who at the time of interviewing, were being adjudicated in a VTC located in the southeastern United States. Semi-structured interviewing was used to capture veteran perceptions of VTC. Five unique themes emerged, while perceptions of court actors and the connection between their military service and crime had three themes, respectively. From these themes, we developed a maladaptive coping model to illustrate the experiences of veterans in veteran courts. The study results are intended to inform policy makers, judicial actors, and veteran service providers as they design judicial responses for veteran offenders.

How to Cite: Herzog, J.R., Ferdik, F., Scott, D., Denney, A. and Conklin, S., 2019. Participants Perceptions of Veterans Treatment Courts: A Qualitative Assessment and Systems Model. Journal of Veterans Studies, 4(2), pp.78–93.
Published on 14 May 2019.
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