4 Hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Developmentally Sensitive Competence Interviewing Using the JACI is presented by Ivan Kruh, PhD., in partnership with The National Youth Screening & Assessment Partners.

State statutes increasingly recognize developmental immaturity as a basis for youth in juvenile court to be found incompetent. However, only one focused competence assessment tool, the Juvenile Adjudicative Competency Interview (JACI), was developed specifically for the developmentally-sensitive competency assessment. This program discusses the development of the JACI, focusing on how it considers the potential impact of cognitive and psychosocial immaturity upon a youth’s competence-related abilities. The administration and interpretation of the JACI will also be explained (and practiced).

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe the development process behind the Juvenile Adjudicative Competency Interview (JACI)

  • Develop familiarity and comfort with the administration of the JACI in forensic practice

Presented By

Ivan Kruh, PhD

Dr. Ivan Kruh received his PhD in Clinical Psychology with a concentrated study of Forensic Psychology from the University of Alabama. For ten years, he was the Director of Juvenile Forensic Evaluations in Washington State and coordinated a post-doctoral fellowship in Juvenile Forensic Psychology at the University of Washington. In private practice, he conducts juvenile forensic evaluations and consults to state juvenile forensic evaluation systems. He is the Director of Juvenile Competency Services at National Youth Screening and Assessment Partners (NYSAP).
  • Intended Audience

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

  • Experience Level

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

  • CE / CPD Credit

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


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • JACI Protocol

    • Clinical Application of the JACI

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Role Playing

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Role-Play Activity

  • 4

    Analyzing the Results

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Jon Doe - Clinical Data

    • Jon Doe - Competency Data and Opinions

    • Jon Doe - JACI Responses

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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The National Youth Screening & Assessment Partners

We are proud to partner with The National Youth Screening & Assessment Partners (NYSAP) for this training. The National Youth Screening & Assessment Partners (NYSAP) is a technical assistance and research group, dedicated to helping juvenile justice and related programs nationwide. Since 2000, NYSAP has assisted juvenile justice systems to make decisions about adolescents that are consistent with youths’ health and positive development and with the community’s interests by helping systems use reliable, evidence-based methods for screening and assessment. We provide training, technical assistance, and quality implementation services to agencies and programs in the areas of risk screening and risk-needs assessment, behavioral health screening, and competence to stand trial evaluations. NYSAP professionals have played a key role for 25 years in research on juveniles’ competence to stand trial and in developing juvenile competence standards for forensic clinical practice, law, and policy. In response to the growing demand for juvenile competence evaluations nationally, we provide consultation to assist agencies in developing or refining their juvenile competence service delivery system, as well as creating and conducting quality assurance procedures. We train clinicians and juvenile justice stakeholders (e.g., judges, attorneys, and community partners) in practice standards for conducting high quality juvenile competence evaluations.

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