• Children, Families and the Law

    The Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law (CECFL) recognizes the life-changing decisions that are made when children and families come before Courts.

Course in Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

Instructor:  Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD

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 practices

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.

Online course begins January 29, 2018
Weekend in Residence: March 2-3, 2018, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
28 CE Credits