4 Hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on AAFP: Evaluation of Juvenile Competency to Proceed is presented by Julie Gallagher, PsyD, ABPP in partnership with American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

Juveniles present special challenges to forensic evaluators, necessitating not only consideration of their knowledge of the legal system, but also the moving target that is their developmental status and the context in which that development is occurring. Developmentally and culturally sensitive competency evaluations of juveniles also require familiarity with a host of factors, including the nature of the juvenile justice system, cultural issues specific to the community and the defendant, the differing presentations of adolescent psychopathology, and the intersection of cognitive and emotional development on competency-related capacities. Commonly used methods to evaluate these factors in the context of juvenile competency are reviewed and discussed with a special focus on factors that commonly impact juvenile competency.

Presented By

Julie Gallagher, PsyD, ABPP

Julie Gallagher, Psy.D. ABPP is a board-certified forensic psychologist in independent practice in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to moving to the Nashville area in 2012, Dr. Gallagher was the training director for the University of Washington’s forensic psychology fellowship program, as well as Director of Forensic Services at Child Study & Treatment Center, the state psychiatric hospital for children in Washington State. In that capacity, she ran the forensic evaluation program that served the entire state of Washington, performing forensic assessments, training students and other evaluators, and testifying as an expert witness in juvenile courts throughout the state. Dr. Gallagher is the past president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and is a member of the examination faculty of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. She serves as a consultant to the Tennessee Board of Examiners of Psychology and serves on the Ethics Committee of the Tennessee Psychological Association. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Vanderbilt University.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe at least three challenges unique to the evaluation of juveniles’ competency to proceed

  • Describe methods of performing developmentally and culturally sensitive competency evaluations of juvenile defendants

  • Describe commonly used forensic assessment instruments to evaluate juveniles’ competence to proceed

  • Describe recent research findings regarding juveniles’ competency to proceed

  • Intended Audience

    This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

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American Academy of Forensic Psychology

We are proud to partner with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) for this training. AAFP is a non-profit organization of board certified forensic psychologists whose mission is to contribute to the development and maintenance of forensic psychology as a specialized field of study, research and practice. The Academy does this by providing high quality continuing education workshops, providing a forum for the exchange of scientific information among its members, and conferring awards upon outstanding students and practitioners in the field of forensic psychology.

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