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Functional Impairment in Delinquent Youth

Course #: 06-243

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CE Credit Hours: 1.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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CE Course Description

While research indicates that the majority of youth in the juvenile justice system have been diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, juvenile detainees often do not receive the treatment and services they need. This brief, intermediate level course, developed using information from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, gives an overview of functional impairment at work, school, home, or in the community after detention. Global impairments by gender, race/ethnicity, age, and social characteristics are discussed as well as recommendations to meet youth’s mental health needs and provide ap­propriate services while in detention and after their release.

CE Course Objectives

1. Summarize key findings of the Northwestern Juvenile Project longitudinal study assessing youth’s functional impairment three years after release from detention.

2. Describe the eight domains of adolescent functioning and identify the impairments found within each domain.

3. Discuss global impairment for delinquent youth by gender, race/ethnicity, age, and social characteristics.

4 Evaluate public policy implications/recommendations for providing appropriate services to meet the needs of incarcerated and newly released youth.

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