This self-paced online training program on Best Practices in the Evaluation of Competence to Stand Trial in Juveniles was developed by Dr. Ivan Kruh and presented in partnership with ConCEPT Professional Training. This program 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. There will be a focus upon sensitivity to functional limitations based in normal child development and developmental psychopathology. Juvenile competence remediation will also be highlighted. The main learning objectives are:
- Describe the various legal standards, forensic concepts, and models for thinking about juvenile adjudicative competence
- Learn the roles of normal childhood development and developmental psychopathology in conducting developmentally sensitive juvenile adjudicative competence evaluations
- Describe key elements in conducting a developmentally sensitive competence interview of a juvenile.
- Describe the strengths and weaknesses of using various Forensic Assessment Instruments in the evaluation of juvenile adjudicative competence
- Identify the key elements of a juvenile adjudicative competence report that meets best practice standards