Mental Health and Juvenile Justice 2023


Self-Study Online: January 23 - February 20, 2023
Zoom In-Residence: February 23, & 25, 2023 (full day sessions)

CE Credits: 28

Cost: $1100

Program Summary:

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice is designed for professionals engaged in providing or who aspire to provide services to youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system who desire to improve outcomes for youth and families through enhancing their programs and services, and by more effectively partnering with public and private agencies and providers (state, local, tribal or other). Participants will apply emerging research in trauma and neurodevelopment to describing developmental trauma impacts in court-involved youth, identify key points on the research-based "cradle to prison pipeline" for high-risk youth involved with juvenile justice, describe "best practices" for youth involved with juvenile justice, and identify competencies for a program to meet the mental health needs of court-involved youth. This course is offered for 28 continuing education credits in a blended learning format, consisting of a 4-week online course and a required "weekend in residence" which will be held online via Zoom.

The self-study portion of the program will be taught by Dr.  Robert Kinscherff & Dr. Jessica Greenwald O'Brien.
The virtual in-residency  weekend will be taught by Dr. Jessica Greenwald O'Brien and Dr. Ann Tobey.

Participants will demonstrate an interest in family forensics and may include mental health professionals, lawyers, probation officers, juvenile justice professionals, child welfare and child protection professionals, and court service workers. Prerequisites include an advanced degree in mental health, law, or human services, and/or certification or licensure in mental health, law, mediation and experience working with high conflict families.

Participants in this course will be able to:

  1. Be familiar with landmark cases and statutory issues in juvenile justice.
  2. Identify the origins and implications of over-representation of youth with mental disorders.
  3. Distingush between forensic and clinical evaluations.
  4. Distinguish between "treatment" and "rehabilitation."
  5. Identify the components of different juvenile forensic assessments and their legal links.
  6. Recognize the application of a developmental framework to the evaluation process.
  7. Identify problems/strategies in rish assessment for violence, sexual misconduct, and fire setting.
  8. Identify points for identifying, diverting, and intervention with youth with mental disorders.
  9. Identify the components of the evaluation report.
  10. Identify critical ethical issues and resources for ethical guidance.
  11. Be familiar with evidence-based screening, assessment, and treatment methods.
  12. Apply a systematic approach to provide a sound evidence-based report and opinion.

Participants may choose to take any four of the five courses to receive a Child & Family Forensic CE Certificate Program. The Child & Family Forensic CE Certificate Program provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts, theories and practices in child and family forensic mental health work and will help professionals hone their skills and increase their knowledge to prepare them for work as GALs, evaluators, or parenting coordinators.. Current courses include: parenting coordination, divorce child custody, child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and mental health and juvenile justice. These courses will review the law and systems, describe and practice protocols for evaluations, and review empirically based best practices and interventions through in-depth didactic instruction and opportunities for practice and consultation.

Blended Delivery Method:
This course is offered for 28 continuing education credits in a blended learning format, consisting of a 4-week self-study online course to be taken at your own pace and a required "virtual in residence." The in-residence is two, full day sessions where live participation over Zoom is required.

Tipo de evento
Training Day
1100.00 $ USD
United States
William James College
Tipo de organización
Contact info
1 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459