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Mental Illness and Juvenile Offenders

About the Course:

Transitions in the role of the juvenile justice system have necessitated more inclusion of assessment and treatment for behavioral health disorders. This is an informative article on the types of treatment used in the juvenile justice system and the efficacy of these treatment programs. Recommendations for bridging the gaps in behavioral health treatment in the juvenile justice system are offered by the authors.

This course is based on the article, Mental Illness and Juvenile Offenders created by Lee A. Underwood, Psy. D et al. in 2016.

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Course Material Authors

Lee A. Underwood, Psy. D

Dr. Lee Underwood is a professor in the School of Psychology & Counseling, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. Underwood has written extensively on mental health needs of adolescents including residential care, screening and assessment, ethnic minority youth, co-occurring mental health and substance use, sexual aggression and trauma. His work is published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Aryssa Washington

Aryssa is a graduate student at School of Psychology and Counseling, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. She has worked on 7 articles that are published in peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator

Paul Pawlicki, PsyD, LP

Paul Pawlicki, PsyD, received his degree in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL, in 2005. From 2004-2006, he taught courses in general psychology, abnormal psychology, and human sexuality at Collin College in Plano, TX. He currently practices individual therapy at the Department of Sexual Medicine at Park Nicollet Health Health Services near Minneapolis, MN.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. To identify the historical changes in the juvenile justice system that have influenced the role of behavioral health treatment within the system

  2. To compare differences among the types and efficacy of various behavioral health interventions for juveniles in the justice system

  3. To identify clarifications and recommendations for the role of behavioral interventions in meeting the needs of the juveniles in the justice system

Course Material

References for this course are available on pages 11-14.

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Course Number 102872
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