Assessment of Risk for Violence in Juveniles

Assessment of Risk for Violence in Juveniles


6 Hours | 6 CEs


Program Description

The assessment of risk for violence in juveniles is pertinent for many court proceedings including transfer to the adult criminal justice system.  This workshop includes examination of relevant case law, risk assessment measures, best practice in evaluation procedures, and communication of data and opinions to judges, attorneys, and probation officers.  Related topics (e.g., psychopathy, treatment amenability, and risk management programming) are addressed as well, as are issues related to adolescents’ biological, psychological, and social development.

The fee for this training program is $300 and includes all materials. In addition, case studies and other case-relevant materials are provided for training purposes. Participants should expect to commit approximately 6 hours to complete this training program. At the end of the training program, there is a quiz that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.

Intended Audience

The intended audience includes psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers working with juvenile justice-involved adolescents.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:


  • Describe how the Juvenile Justice System has evolved in general and specifically regarding risk assessment
  • Describe pathways to normative and non-normative adolescent development/li>
  • Describe the key elements of the Risk/Needs/Responsivity Principle
  • Describe salient risk and protective factors for juveniles
  • Describe how age, gender, culture, and ethnicity inform risk assessment and risk-related judicial decision-making
  • Describe key elements of the assessment and report-writing process

About Dr. Debra Baeder

Dr. Debra Baeder is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is the Chief Forensic Psychologist for the State Forensic Service in Maine. Her responsibilities are the evaluations of adult defendants on issues of competence and criminal responsibility, presentence evaluations, and evaluations of insanity acquittees who have petitioned the Court. She also coordinates the juvenile evaluation program for the State Forensic Service. In that capacity, she conducts pre-adjudicatory, pre-dispositional, adjudicative competence, and bindover evaluations. She consults with and trains other examiners contracted with the State Forensic Service, trains psychiatric residents at the Maine Medical Center, and works on relevant legislative issues. Dr. Baeder also provides workshops on juvenile forensic topics in Maine and nationally.

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quizzes and evaluation for this Home Study Distance Learning Course. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the course quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 6 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.
Board Approvals: APA, CPA. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.
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