2022 NYSAP Workshop Series on Juvenile Competency Evaluation

About NYSAP

The National Youth Screening & Assessment Partners (NYSAP) is a technical assistance and research group, dedicated to helping juvenile justice and related programs nationwide. Since 2000, NYSAP has assisted juvenile justice systems to make decisions about adolescents that are consistent with youths’ health and positive development and with the community’s interests by helping systems use reliable, evidence-based methods for screening and assessment. We provide training, technical assistance, and quality implementation services to agencies and programs in the areas of risk screening and risk-needs assessment, behavioral health screening, and competence to stand trial evaluations.

NYSAP professionals have played a key role for 25 years in research on juveniles’ competence to stand trial and in developing juvenile competence standards for forensic clinical practice, law, and policy. In response to the growing demand for juvenile competence evaluations nationally, we provide consultation to assist agencies in developing or refining their juvenile competence service delivery system, as well as creating and conducting quality assurance procedures. We train clinicians and juvenile justice stakeholders (e.g., judges, attorneys, and community partners) in practice standards for conducting high quality juvenile competence evaluations. Learn more about NYSAP here: http://www.nysap.us/

WORKSHOP DETAILS

Key Differences Between Juvenile Competency and Adult Competency Evaluations

Presented by: Ivan Kruh, PhD & Christina L. Riggs Romaine, PhD

Date: May 13, 2022

Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

$225 Registration | Early Registration $200 (through April 20th)

The registration fee includes live online instruction, continuing education credits, and e-copies of all workshop materials.

In recent years, many U.S. jurisdictions have enacted statutory guidance around the conducting of competency evaluations for juvenile court cases. Evaluators with a history of conducting competency evaluations in criminal court cases may be required, recruited, or asked to assist with competency evaluations of juveniles. However, there are critical differences between these two tasks. This workshop will review the types of questions, data, and analyses uniquely necessary when conducting juvenile competency evaluations as opposed to competency evaluations of adults. Grisso’s (1986) Five Question Model for conducting competency evaluations will be used to structure the discussion. Within each question, participants will be introduced to the ways that differences between adolescents and adults, as well as the unique procedures of the juvenile justice context, will impact what must be considered.

Learning Objectives

Upon Completion of this session participants will be able to:

The Five Question Model to Conducting Juvenile Competency Evaluations

Presented by: Ivan Kruh, PhD & Christina L. Riggs Romaine, PhD

Date: May 20, 2022

Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

$225 Registration | Early Registration $200 (through April 13th)

The registration fee includes live online instruction, continuing education credits, and e-copies of all workshop materials.

Evaluation quality is enhanced when a conceptual model is used that guides data gathering, data interpretation, and the communication of findings in a manner consistent with scientific, empirical, and ethical standards. The most widely accepted model for guiding evaluations of competence to stand trial was offered by Thomas Grisso in 1986 and was applied to juvenile competence evaluations in 2005. The model lays out Functional, Causal, Contextual, Conclusory and Remediation questions that, when considered and opined upon by evaluators in a systematic manner, yields an effective and informative evaluation and a report that can assist the court. In this workshop, each of the questions will be explained, relevant research and forensic concepts will be offered, and the process of forming opinions within each question will be modeled so that participants can apply it to their evaluations.

Learning Objectives

Upon Completion of this session participants will be able to:

Case Conceptualization in Juvenile Competency Evaluations

Presented by: Ivan Kruh, PhD & Christina L. Riggs Romaine, PhD

Date: June 17, 2022

Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am Pacific

$225 Registration | Early Registration $200 (through May 17th)

The registration fee includes live online instruction, continuing education credits, and e-copies of all workshop materials.

The value of an evaluation model is best appreciated through its applied use. This workshop will focus on applying Grisso’s (2005) Five-Question Juvenile Competence Evaluation Model to a sample juvenile competence case. Evaluation materials for the case will be distributed in a manner that parallels a typical evaluation process in many settings, progressing from the initial referral, through collateral information gathering, and interviewing of the youth. Through group and dyadic discussions, participants will be guided in the analysis of the data contained in these materials using the organizational structure of the Five-Question Model, and then progressively work toward formulating the evaluation opinions essential to adequately informing the court. Effective communication of these opinions to the courts will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

Upon Completion of this session participants will be able to:

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Cancellation

Have a sudden change of plans and are unable to attend live? No worries, you will be given access to the on-demand version of the program once available. Alternately, your registration can be migrated to another live event.

Event Conduct

Please conduct yourself in a professional manner throughout the event. Our goal is to make this as interactive an experience as possible for all who attend. We reserve the right to remove any participants who are disruptive or who act unprofessionally.