20 hours | 20 CEs
This on-demand professional training program on Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial in Juveniles is presented by Ivan Kruh, PhD. This badge-earning program can be shared digitally on platforms like LinkedIn or your resume and counts towards a certificate. Enroll in this program to earn credit towards Juvenile Forensic Assessment Certificate and share your new digital credentials with prospective employers and colleagues.
In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on the competence to proceed with juveniles being adjudicated in juvenile and adult courts. This program focuses on conducting juvenile adjudicative competence evaluations that meet best practice standards.
The use of cases to highlight relevant issues is emphasized, and the program includes activities to assist participants in honing their interviewing, record reviewing, data interpretation, and report writing skills.
The program covers foundational issues, including the evolution of legislation regarding juvenile competence and differences in legislation across states. The manner in which these legal standards can be translated into measurable forensic concepts is discussed, with a focus on how these concepts differ between juvenile and adult cases. The current empirical literature relevant to juvenile adjudicative competence is reviewed, with a particular focus on the intersection of adolescent development and court-related functioning.
All of this background set the stage for a detailed discussion of conducting juvenile adjudicative competence evaluations. Preparation for the evaluation and the data collection process is examined, with a particular focus on developmentally sensitive competence interviewing, the role of available forensic assessment Instruments in juvenile adjudicative competence evaluations, and the importance of third-party corroboration. Methods for interpretation and integration of data are presented, as well as strategies for effective communication of findings.
Throughout this discussion, there is a focus on sensitivity to functional limitations based on normal child development and developmental psychopathology. Juvenile competence remediation is also highlighted.
This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals
This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this program you will be able to:
Describe the best practices in conducting juvenile adjudicative competence evaluations
Describe the legal standards for juvenile adjudicative competence
Describe forensic concepts, and models for thinking about juvenile adjudicative competence
Describe the body of empirical research related to the issue of juvenile adjudicative competence
Describe the role of normal childhood development in conducting developmentally sensitive juvenile adjudicative competence evaluations
Describe the role of developmental psychopathology in conducting developmentally sensitive juvenile adjudicative competence evaluations
Describe key elements in conducting a developmentally sensitive competence interview of a juvenile
Describe the strengths of using various forensic assessment instruments in the evaluation of juvenile adjudicative competence
Describe the weaknesses of using various forensic assessment instruments in the evaluation of juvenile adjudicative competence
Describe the steps in forming opinions relevant to juvenile adjudicative competence
Ivan Kruh, PhD
Dr. Ivan Kruh received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentrated study of Forensic Psychology from the University of Alabama. For ten years, he was the Director of Juvenile Forensic Evaluations in Washington State and coordinated a post-doctoral fellowship in Juvenile Forensic Psychology ...
2. Adolescent Development & Psychopathology
3. Juvenile Court History
4. Competence to Stand Trial
5. Conceptualizing Competence to Stand Trial
6. Juvenile Competence to Stand Trial
7. Relevant Research & The MacArthur Study
8. Clinical Guidance and State Law
9. Legal Ambiguity-Predicate Definitions
10. Developmentally Sensitive Evaluation
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