Mental Health and Juvenile Justice 2020

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Sponsored by The Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at William James College

Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD & Jessica P. Greenwald O'Brien, PhD, Instructors

Online: January 27 - February 23, 2020
On Campus: February 28 - 29, 2020

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice is designed for professionals engaged in providing services to youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system who aspire to improve outcomes for youth and families through enhancing their programs and services, and by more effectively partnering with public and private agencies and providers (state, local, tribal or other). Participants will apply emerging research in trauma and neurodevelopment to describing developmental trauma impacts in court-involved youth, identify key points on the research-based "cradle to prison pipeline" for high-risk youth involved with juvenile justice, describe "best practices" for youth involved with juvenile justice, and identify competencies for a program to meet the mental health needs of court-involved youth. This course is offered for 28 continuing education credits in a blended learning format, consisting of a 4-week online course and a required "weekend in residence" at William James College campus in Newton, MA.

  • General: law and systems overview, consultation and testimony
  • Evaluations of juveniles, including: CST, CR, aid to sentencing
  • Specialty evaluations: violence risk assessment, juvenile fire setting, substance abuse
  • Empirically-based treatments and best practice

Applicants will demonstrate an interest in family forensics and may include mental health professionals, lawyers, judges, probation officers, juvenile justice professionals, child welfare professionals, and court service workers. Prerequisites include an advanced degree in law, mental health, human services or criminal justice and certification or licensure in law, mental health or mediation.

Program Code: JJ20

Credits: 28 CE Credits

Fees: $1,100

Blended Delivery Method

All courses are offered for 28 continuing education credits in a blended learning format, consisting of a 4-week online course and a required "weekend in residence" at William James College campus in Newton, MA.

About the Child and Family Forensic Certificate

The Certificate in Child and Family Forensics provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts, theories and practices in child and family forensic mental health work and will help professionals hone their skills and increase their knowledge to prepare them for work in child welfare, juvenile delinquency, sexual offending, domestic violence, divorce custody and post-divorce parenting contexts. The five courses include: Child Custody Evaluation, Intimate Partner Violence, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, Child Maltreatment, and Parenting Coordination. These courses will review the law and systems, describe and practice protocols for evaluations, and review empirically based best practices and interventions through in-depth didactic instruction and opportunities for practice and consultation.

Each course is a blended learning format and spans 4 weeks of online coursework for 13 hours and 15 hours of on-site instruction over a weekend- in-residence. Each course is 28 hours and provide 28 Continuing Education Credits. Courses are open to mental health professionals, attorneys, judges, mediators, court personnel and other professionals interested in child and family forensic issues. Professionals who choose four classes will obtain a Certificate in Child and Family Forensic Issues from William James College.

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