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Assessing Risk of Juvenile and Young Adult Violence

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CE Credits: 3 Credits
Length: 3 Hours
Level: Introductory
Training Style: Video
Category: STS Training Series
Intended Audience: Mental Health, Correctional, and Legal Professionals

Training Description
There has been rising concern among the public and among professionals working in schools, juvenile justice, law enforcement, and behavioral health services about violent behavior among children and adolescents. There is a need to advance the practice of assessing violence risk in juveniles to parallel the progress made in assessing adults, and to develop a systematic and thoughtful approach to assessing situations where an adolescent may come to official attention because of some threatening or otherwise inappropriate communication or behavior of concern. This training addresses precisely these issues and will review trends in youth violence, summarizing 20 years of research on violence risk factors in youth, and discuss principles for conducting an effective, developmentally-informed risk assessment for youth including the use of structured assessment instruments. Special attention will be given to distinguishing between assessments of risk for general violence and those for targeted violence. The training will also help participants to understand the current “state of the science” in providing effective interventions for youth violence. NOTE: This training was filmed in front of a live audience at an event organized by Specialized Training Services..
Trainer Biography
Randy Borum, PsyD, ABPP is Professor and Director of Intelligence Studies in the School of Information and Academic Coordinator for Cybersecurity at the University of South Florida. Author of over 150 publications, including the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY), Dr. Borum has worked as a Senior Consultant with the U.S. Secret Service and as an Advisory Board Member for the FBI Behavioral Science Unit. Dr. Borum is a Past-President of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and currently serves as Senior Editor of the Journal of Strategic Security and of Military Cyber Affairs.
Learning Objectives

This training is designed to help you:

  • Describe how normal child and adolescent development may contribute to violence risk
  • List five risk factors for violence in adolescents
  • Discuss the differences between risk assessment and violence prediction
  • Identify three principals for effective risk assessment
  • Describe the optimal methods of treating potentially violent youth

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