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Perceived Importance of Substance Use Prevention in Juvenile Justice-a Multi-level Analysis

About the Course

The course examines the perceived importance of substance use prevention by staff in the juvenile justice staff who supervise juveniles under community supervision. The study analyzed data from 492 employees across 36 sites in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Differences in perceptions of the importance of substance abuse prevention were found among demographics.

This course is based on the article, Perceived importance of substance use prevention in juvenile justice-a multi-level analysis created by Jessica M. Sales, PhD. et al in 2016.

Publication Date:

May 2016

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Jessica M. Sales, PhD.

 Dr. Sales is a developmental psychologist with expertise in cognitive and emotional development. Over the past 15 years she has been involved with designing and implementing cross-sectional and prospective studies in childhood stress and trauma, chronic disease risk reduction for children and adolescents, and HIV/STD/unintended pregnancy prevention for adolescents. She is published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Gail Wasserman, PhD.

Dr. Wasserman is a professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC. She has authored or co-authored approximately one hundred papers for academic and practitioner audiences. Her work has been supported by a number of federal agencies, private foundations, and by state agencies.

Katherine S. Elkington, PhD.

Katherine Elkington, Ph.D., is a licensed NYS clinical psychologist, an Associate Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University as well as Research Scientist. Dr. Elkington has a particular focus on youth involved in the juvenile justice system, working with this population to examine how mental health problems, substance use and sexual risk behaviors, and risk factors thereof, are interrelated and influence recidivism. She has used these data to develop interventions that prevent youth on probation from engaging in risk behavior, promote health, and facilitate linkage to services.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge. This content is at a beginning level.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Acknowledge the importance of substance abuse prevention in the juvenile justice system.
  2. Identify the factors leading to low belief in the importance of substance use prevention.
  3. Summarize ways to improve substance abuse prevention.

Disclosure to Learners

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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