20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced training program on Juvenile Assessment Issues and Evaluation of Juvenile Waiver to Adult Court is presented by Randy T. Salekin, PhD.

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 briefly overviews the juvenile justice system and the role of psychologists’ in the system. Second, the course examines ways in which to assess deception in children and adolescents. Third, the course helps 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 covers the assessment of risk for dangerousness, maturity, and treatment amenability and readiness, integrating the topics of the veracity of reporting and personality. In addition, developmental maturity is embedded in the discussion of all topic areas given its importance in the assessment and treatment of juvenile offenders. Fifth, the course discusses psychological measures that can be used in disposition and transfer measures. Finally, this course discusses 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.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe personality and pathology

  • Describe how traits and pathology relate to understanding the young person and writing the psychological report

  • Describe a general overview of the juvenile justice system

  • Describe an introduction to assessing juvenile offenders for disposition and transfer

  • Describe Risk, Developmental Maturity, and Treatment Amenability using and scoring the RSTI

  • Describe the process of data collection and consolidating psychological information

  • Describe deception and distortion in the reporting of adolescent offenders

  • Describe best practices in report writing and testimony

  • Describe Prenatal Risks & Parenting/Behavioral Reinforcement

Presented By

Randall T. Salekin, PhD

Dr. Randall T. Salekin is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Alabama where he also serves as Director of the Disruptive Behavior Clinic. He received his PhD from the University of North Texas and completed his clinical internship at Yale University. Dr. Salekin has published on child and adolescent psychopathy, personality, and also has research interests in child and adolescent developmental maturity and amenability to treatment.

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  • 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


    • Intro Video

  • 3


    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Legal Contexts & More

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Characteristics, Climate, & Transfer

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Juvenile Characteristics, Political and Social Climate, and Transfer

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Juvenile Evaluation

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Personality / Pathology

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Tests and Guides

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8


    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Case Examples

    • Lesson 7 Video

  • 10

    Case 1

    • Lesson 8 Video

  • 11

    Case 2

    • Lesson 9 Video

  • 12

    Preparation for the Evaluation

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Preparation for the Evaluation and Forensic Practice

    • Data Collection for Juvenile Evaluations

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13


    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Interpretation for Juvenile Evaluations

    • Report Writing and Testimony

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14

    Disruptive Behavior Disorder Youth

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 15

    Causes of DBD's, CD + CU

    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 16

    Conduct Problems Part 1

    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 17

    Conduct Problems Part 2

    • Lesson 15 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 18

    Complications in Assessment

    • Lesson 16 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 19


    • Lesson 17 Video

    • Treatment of Young People in the Juvenile Justice System

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 20

    Disruptive Behavior Clinic

    • Lesson 18 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 21

    Secure Residential Settings

    • Lesson 19 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 22

    Treatment Using MMPE

    • Lesson 20 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 23


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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