6 Hours | 6 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Assessment of Risk for Violence in Juveniles is presented by Debra Beader, PhD. in partnership with The American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

The assessment of risk for violence in juveniles is pertinent for many court proceedings including transfer to the adult criminal justice system.  This course includes an examination of relevant case law, risk assessment measures, best practices 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.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will 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

  • 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 assessments and risk-related judicial decision-making

  • Describe key elements of the assessment and report-writing process

Presented By

Debra Baeder, PhD

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.
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Case Scenario

    • Sample Report

  • 3

    Lesson 2

    • Lesson 2 Video

  • 4

    Lesson 3

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Risk and Protective Factors

  • 5

    Lesson 4

    • Lesson 4 Video

  • 6

    Lesson 5

    • Lesson 5 Video

  • 7

    Lesson 6

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Program Quiz

  • 8


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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