Identifying and Treating Juvenile Offenders with Mental Disorders


In your role as a youth worker, effective identification and treatment of juvenile offenders with mental disorders is vitally important. Your role as an observer is critical to the treatment process, ensuring the health and safety of not just these individuals, but that of other youths and the staff as well. In essence, you are the eyes and ears of mental health staff, making referrals to mental health staff based on behavior you observe and document. In this course, you will learn about the reasons treatment is provided to youths with mental disorders, common types of treatment, and the responsibilities that come along with treatment. Interactive exercises and real-world examples provided throughout the course will help you apply the new information in your everyday work environment.

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Hours: 4.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

American Probation and Parole Association


This activity is approved for 4.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-ITJOMD
Hours: 4
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2018
Learning Objectives:
Identify the common signs of mental health disorders in juveniles.
Describe counseling and medical treatment strategies for providing mental health care in a juvenile correctional setting.
Explain strategies and the importance of your role observing and documenting youth behavior.

A. Identifying the Signs of Mental Illness
B. The Screening Process
C. The Assessment Process
D. Self-Reporting Information
E. Identifying the Signs of Mental Illness
F. Report Your Observations Immediately and Trust Your Instincts
G. Case Studies: Signs of Mental Illness
H. Why Provide Treatment?
I. What is Deliberate Indifference?
J. Case Study: Deliberate Indifference
K. The Role of the U.S. Department of Justice
L. The Role of an Ombudsman
M. Drag and Drop
N. Treatment Strategies
O. Treatment: Individual Counseling
P. Group Counseling
Q. Interactive Exercise
R. Effective Treatment Programs
S. Areas Addressed in Treatment
T. Family Involvement in the Treatment Process
U. Behavior Management Programs
V. Behavior Contracting
W. Meet Johnny
X. Meet Scotty
Y. Consistency: The Key to Success
Z. Cognitive Behavioral Programs
AA. The Path to Negative Behavior
BB. Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
CC. Psychotropic Medications
DD. Psychotropic Medications: Relief from Symptoms
EE. How Do Psychotropic Medications Help Juveniles?
FF. Common Medication Prescribed for Youths with Mental Disorders
GG. Common Medications and Side Effects
HH. Side Effects of Psychotropic Medications
II. Can Juveniles Be Forced to Take Medication?
JJ. Washington vs. Harper: Criteria
KK. Obstacles to Treatment: Youths
LL. Obstacles to Treatment: Family
MM. Your Role
NN. Documenting the Behavior of Youths
OO. What Information Should Be Documented?
PP. Think Before You Write
QQ. An Update on Tad
RR. Documenting Tad’s Behavior
SS. Tad: One Month later
TT. Documenting Tad’s Behavior: One Month Later
UU. Case Studies: Accurate Reporting
VV. Common Mistakes in Documenting Behavior
WW. Case Study: Making an Accurate Referral
XX. Malingering
YY. Recap: Making Referrals
ZZ. The Role of the Youth Worker: The Treatment Process
AAA. The Importance of Teamwork
BBB. The Key to a Successful Relationship
CCC. Understanding the Role of Mental Health Staff
DDD. Summary
EEE. References

Staff Writer: Diane Geiman
Ms. Geiman is ACA’s Online Training Administrator. She also serves as the Academy’s instructional curriculum developer. Ms. Geiman has more than 20 years of experience in developing training programs for criminal justice professionals, including lesson plans, multimedia training programs, and print and online courses. She has received numerous awards for both print curricula and comprehensive video programs on topics such as criminal and juvenile justice, medical and mental health, supervision, management, and law. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. Disclosure: Diane Geiman has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Asynchronous Distance Learning with interactivity which includes quizzes with questions/answers, and posttests.
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