Date of Graduation

Winter 12-2019

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Kelly McDermott


This study examines the professional growth of collaborative court staff in the Northern District of California (NDCA). First, it sets forth a background that reviews the history of collaborative courts and details the development, purpose and structure, and current processes at the federal level. Second, the researcher describes the framework of the NDCA as an institution and further identifies the stakeholders who participate in the NDCA’s two collaborative courts: the Reentry Court and the Conviction Alternatives Program (CAP). Third, the study reviews the literature on professional growth in the legal field, education and academia, and public-health fields. Fourth, this paper discusses the methods of the study, including the sample framework, recruitment and sampling, and limitations. Fifth, this paper documents the results of the study, including the survey results and results from the interviews of the intervention and control groups broken down by knowledge, skills, and attributes. Finally, this paper discusses the results, which show professional growth, a positive perception by the stakeholders of collaborative courts in the NDCA, and other benefits of the collaborative courts.