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.
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