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.


Hours: 4.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-ITJOMD
Hours: 4
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2019
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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