This self-paced online training program on the assessment of juvenile offenders and evaluation of juvenile waiver to adult court is presented by Dr. Randy Salekin. The course is intended to comprehensively cover important topics and factors related to the juvenile justice system and assessment of youthful offenders while embedding developmental psychopathology principles in the assessment process. This course covers six main topic areas with respect to this type of assessment. First, the course briefly overviews the juvenile justice system and the role of psychologists’ in the system. Second, the course examines ways in which to assess deception in children and adolescents. Third, the course helps clinicians and researchers understand personality functioning in youth and discuss how the Big 5 factor model of general personality applies to youthful offender evaluations. Fourth, the course covers the assessment of risk for dangerousness, maturity, and treatment amenability and readiness, integrating the topics of the veracity of reporting and personality. In addition, developmental maturity is embedded in the discussion of all topic areas given its importance in the assessment and treatment of juvenile offenders. Fifth, the course discusses psychological measures that can be used in disposition and transfer measures. Finally, this course discusses and provide practical guidelines for how psychological evaluations can be constructed and framed within a developmental perspective, and how such information can be communicated to relevant court personnel or treatment providers via psychological reports and/or testimony. The fee for this training program is $500 and includes all materials. In addition, case studies and other case-relevant information is provided for training purposes. Throughout the training program, there are quizzes that must be passed at 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.
This training program is relevant for professionals who want to obtain or strengthen skills in juvenile court including those involved in civil and criminal forensic mental health assessment and community settings, and those who work at the intersection of clinical psychology and law. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
– Describe personality and pathology
– Describe how traits and pathology relate to understanding the young person and writing the psychological report
– Describe a general overview of the juvenile justice system
– Describe an introduction to assessing juvenile offenders for disposition and transfer
– Describe Risk, Developmental Maturity, and Treatment Amenability using and scoring the RSTI
– Describe the process of data collection and consolidating psychological information
– Describe deception and distortion in the reporting of adolescent offenders
– Describe best practices in report writing and testimony
– Describe Prenatal Risks
– Describe the Causes of Conduct Problems and Callousness
– Describe Other Complications in the Assessment
– Describe Parenting/Behavioral Reinforcement
About Dr. Randy Salekin
Randall T. Salekin is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama where he also serves as Director of the Disruptive Behavior Clinic. He received his PhD from the University of North Texas and completed his clinical internship at Yale University. Dr. Salekin has published on child and adolescent psychopathy, personality, and also has research interests in child and adolescent developmental maturity and amenability to treatment. Dr. Salekin’s research also focuses on understanding of the causes and correlates of disruptive behavior in children and youth. Dr. Salekin and his team provide novel assessment and treatment services for disruptive behavior disorder youth with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Limited Prosocial Emotion. Dr. Salekin received the American Psychological Association Division 41 Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Contributions to Law and Psychology in 2001.
This course is excellent for professionals who want to obtain or strengthen their skills in the
juvenile court. The course covers six main topics with respect to this type of assessment.
Participants will learn about the juvenile Justice system and the role of the psychologist in the system
Participants will learn to assess deception in children and adolescents
Participants will learn about personality functions in youth and discuss the Big 5 factor model
Participants will learn about psychological measures that can be used in disposition and transfer measures
Participants will learn practical guidelines on how psychological evaluations can be constructed
“Fantastic program! I felt the use of examples was very helpful and I thought that the downloads and other materials were very helpful.”
“Dr. Salekin is an engaging presenter. He was thorough with the content and used real world examples applicable to a range of professions. ”
“I really enjoyed the discussion of the various juvenile issues encountered in forensic practice. Thank you!”
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 20 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.
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