CONCEPT Professional Training’s NEW program: Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial in Juveniles 20 Hour Professional Online Training Program presented by Dr. Ivan Kruh and will cover foundational issues regarding juvenile competence and differences in legislation across states.

TAMPA, Fla. – July 25, 2016 – PRESS CONTACT

Mariela Estrada
Phone: (888) 709-4448

CONCEPT Professional Training, a global leader in online professional training in forensic mental health, announced today that it has launched a new professional online training program called Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial in Juveniles. The training will be presented by Dr. Ivan Kruh and will cover foundational issues, including the evolution of legislation regarding juvenile competence and differences in legislation across states. The manner in which these legal standards can be translated into measurable forensic concepts will be discussed, with a focus on how these concepts differ between juvenile and adult cases. The current empirical literature relevant to juvenile adjudicative competence will be reviewed, with particular focus on the intersection of adolescent development and court-related functioning. All of this background will set the stage for a detailed discussion of conducting juvenile adjudicative competence evaluations.

This training program is perfect for professionals who want to obtain or strengthen skills in forensic evaluation, including those involved in civil and criminal forensic mental health assessment, forensic inpatient and community settings, and those who work at the intersection of clinical psychology and law.

“In recent years, there has been an increasing focus upon the competence to proceed of juvenile’s being adjudicated in juvenile and adult courts. In this workshop, we will focus on conducting juvenile adjudicative competence evaluations that meet a best practices standard,” explains Dr. Kruh. “In addition to didactic teaching, the training will emphasize the use of cases to highlight relevant issues and will include activities to help participants hone their interviewing, record reviewing, data interpretation, and report writing skills.”

This professional online training program will specifically cover:

  • The various legal standards, forensic concepts, and models for thinking about juvenile adjudicative competence
  • Becoming familiar with the body of empirical research related to the issue of juvenile adjudicative competence
  • Learning the roles of normal childhood development and developmental psychopathology in conducting developmentally sensitive juvenile adjudicative competence evaluations
  • Describing key elements in conducting a developmentally sensitive competence interview of a juvenile.
  • Describing the strengths and weaknesses of using various Forensic Assessment Instruments in the evaluation of juvenile adjudicative competence
  • Describing the steps in forming opinions relevant to juvenile adjudicative competence
  • Identifying the key elements of a juvenile adjudicative competence report that meets best practice standards
  • Becoming familiar with current approaches to remediating incompetence with juveniles

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Consolidated Continuing Education & Professional Training (CONCEPT) provides expert online professional training in areas relevant to criminal and civil forensic mental health assessment, corrections, law enforcement, and forensic intervention. Our goal is to provide premium professional training in an accessible online format. We believe in the value of world-class professional training, enhanced by continuing education and lifelong learning, in an online format accessible to all.