1 Hour | 1 CE

This webinar on Diversity Issues in Violence Risk Assessment: Youth and Emerging Adults is presented by Jodi Viljoen, PhD.

This webinar provides an overview of key ways in which violence risk assessment practices should be developmentally informed when working with adolescents and transition-age youth (approximately 12 to 25 years old). First, although many of the risk and protective factors relevant to older adults are also relevant to adolescents, certain factors are particularly important during specific developmental periods, including key periods of transition. Second, the six- to seven-year period typically associated with adolescence (i.e., 12 to 18 years old) is increasingly being recognized as excessively narrow in light of social and neurodevelopmental influences, which have implications for assessing and managing violence risk. Third, youth and emerging adults generally are more “contextually bound” than more mature adults, with certain social contexts being more salient during particular developmental periods. A brief case illustrating the application of these developmental considerations will be presented.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe the age-crime curve and its trajectories

  • Describe key areas of development that occur during adolescence and early adulthood

  • Describe neurodevelopmental issues relevant to violence risk for youth and emerging adults

  • Describe the framework of the social-ecological model to violence risk assessment

Presented By

Jodi Viljoen, PhD

Dr. Jodi Viljoen, R. Psyc. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Simon Fraser University, an Associate Director of the Institute for the Reduction of Youth Violence. She is an author of a the Short-Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START:AV) and a risk reduction guide called the Adolescent Risk Reduction and Resilient Outcomes Work-Plan (ARROW).
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