Diversity Issues in Violence Risk Assessment: Youth and Emerging Adults Webinar

Diversity Issues in Violence Risk Assessment: Youth and Emerging Adults Webinar


1 Hour | 1 CE (CEU)

Program Description

This webinar on Diversity Issues in Violence Risk Assessment: Youth and Emerging Adults is presented by Dr. Jodi Viljoen.

It will provide an overview of key ways in which violence risk assessment practices should be developmentally informed when working with adolescents and transition-age youth (approximately 12 to 25 years old). First, although many of the risk and protective factors relevant to older adults are also relevant to adolescents, certain factors are particularly important during specific developmental periods, including key periods of transition. Second, the six- to seven-year period typically associated with adolescence (i.e., 12 to 18 years old) is increasingly being recognized as excessively narrow in light of social and neurodevelopmental influences, which have implications for assessing and managing violence risk. Third, youth and emerging adults generally are more “contextually bound” than more mature adults, with certain social contexts being more salient during particular developmental periods. A brief case illustrating the application of these developmental considerations will be presented.

Intended Audience

This workshop is relevant for mental health professionals who conduct forensic evaluations or who intend to add forensic evaluation to their practice. This workshop is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

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

  • Describe the age-crime curve and its trajectories
  • Describe key areas of development that occur during adolescence and early adulthood
  • Describe neurodevelopmental issues relevant to violence risk for youth and emerging adults
  • Describe the framework of the social-ecological model to violence risk assessment

About Dr. Jodi Viljoen

Jodi Viljoen is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Simon Fraser University, an Associate Director of the Institute for the Reduction of Youth Violence. She is an author of a the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START:AV) and a risk reduction guide called the Adolescent Risk Reduction and Resilient Outcomes Work-Plan (ARROW). Dr. Viljoen’s research examines methods to assess and prevent violence, offending, victimization, and related outcomes in adolescents. She has published over 50 articles and chapters in this area, and presented over 150 conferences talks. In her clinical work, Dr. Viljoen has conducted assessments, and provided treatment to adolescent and adult in adolescent inpatient and outpatient units, mental health clinics, and youth justice settings. Dr. Viljoen received the Saleem Shah Award from the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Scholar Award.

Webinar Outline

This webinar will focus on diversity issues in youth and violence risk assessment.

  • Risk and Protective factors
  • Neurodevelopmental Influences
  • Developmental considerations

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Recorded Webinar is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 1 CE hour upon completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to download and print the CE certificate upon completion of the final evaluation.

Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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