CE (CEU) Hours: 70


Program Description

It’s a professional responsibility to stay abreast of the evidence base and to use best practices in conducting evaluations for the courts. Are you on top of the literature and best practices in the evaluation of juveniles? Whether you’re a seasoned professional who just needs a little ‘brushing up’ or you’re planning to add forensic evaluation of juveniles to your scope of practice, this training bundle will ensure that you receive expert professional training with a solid evidence base.

Why take this training?

This training sequence will provide you with:

1. The foundational and practical knowledge required for the evaluation of competence to stand trial in juveniles;

2. The foundational and practical knowledge required for the evaluation of waiver to criminal court, including the assessment of deception, personality, pathology, risk, and amenability to treatment.

3. The foundational and practical knowledge required to evaluate strengths, vulnerabilities, and risk in adolescents.

4. The foundational and practical knowledge required to integrate the results of a risk assessment into case formulation and treatment planning.

Best Practices Training in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial in Juveniles

This self-paced online training program focuses on the Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial in Juveniles. In recent years, there has been an increasing focus upon the competence to proceed of juvenile’s being adjudicated in juvenile and adult courts. This training program focuses on conducting juvenile adjudicative competence evaluations that meet best practices standards. The use of cases to highlight relevant issues is emphasized and the training includes activities to assist participants in honing their interviewing, record reviewing, data interpretation, and report writing skills.

The training 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 will be discussed, with a focus on how these concepts differ between juvenile and adult cases. The current empirical literature relevant to juvenile adjudicative competence will be reviewed, with particular focus on the intersection of adolescent development and court-related functioning. All of this background will set the stage for a detailed discussion of conducting juvenile adjudicative competence evaluations. For more information on this training click the icon.

Juvenile Assessment Issues and Evaluation of Juvenile Waiver to Adult Court

This self-paced online training program focuses on the assessment of juvenile offenders. 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 will briefly overview the juvenile justice system and psychologist’s role in the system. Second, the course examines ways in which to assess deception in children and adolescents. Third, the course will help 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 will cover the assessment of risk for dangerousness, maturity, and treatment amenability and readiness, integrating the topics of veracity of reporting and personality. In addition, developmental maturity will be embedded in the discussion of all topic areas given its importance in the assessment and treatment of juvenile offenders. Fifth, the course will discuss psychological measures that can be used in disposition and transfer measures. Finally, this course will discuss 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. For more information on this training click the icon.

Training In Forensic Case Formulation and Treatment Planning

This self-paced online training program focuses on Forensic Case Formulation and Treatment Planning. In recent years, the practice of formulation has garnered increased attention, particularly for the management and treatment of offender populations. Newer versions of structured professional judgments (SPJ) instruments facilitate the development of contextual formulations and potential scenarios in order to assess and manage risk in offender populations. However, linking risk assessment information with appropriate evidence-based interventions requires additional skills. This course will focus on teaching participants to utilize risk assessment data in formulations to inform the management and treatment of forensic clients. The course will also include theoretical information about the process of case formulation, and its utility. Current practices and the empirical basis for their use will be highlighted along with controversies about the relevance of particular types of data in formulations. The course will include both nomothetic and idiographic aspects of formulations. Although there are multiple variations in theoretical approaches to formulations and treatment plans, this course will focus specifically on using SPJ risk data and a behavioral and cognitive-behavioral framework to inform forensic case formulations in order to develop evidence-based treatment plans targeting the most salient treatment targets. For more information on this training click the icon.

Short Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability Adolescent Version

This self-paced online training program on the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability: Adolescent Version (START-AV) is presented by Drs. Jodi Viljoen and Keith Cruise. The START:AV is a risk assessment guide for adolescents. Rather than focusing on a single outcome (e.g., violence), the START:AV provides an integrative assessment of adolescents’ risks for, Harm to others and rule violations and Harm to the adolescent. Whereas many tools focus primarily on risk factors, the START:AV places a large emphasis on strengths in addition to vulnerabilities. In addition, given that adolescence is a period of enormous change, the START:AV facilitates a dynamic approach by orienting professionals to strengths and vulnerabilities that are potentially modifiable. This training program focuses on providing participants with the skills needed to use the START:AV to assess strength, vulnerabilities, and risk. In addition, the training program introduces participants to the use of the START:AV in intervention-planning. Throughout the training, there is a focus on working through case examples. For more information on this training click the icon.

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