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CE Credit Hours: 4.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
Research suggests that the majority of youth in the juvenile justice system have been diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, and nearly all of these young people will return to their communities. This intermediate level continuing education course was developed using information from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice Programs in order to present the results of the Northwestern Juvenile Project, which summarized the psychiatric needs of youth before and after detention. Key observations, findings, and recommendations are included as well as directions for further research and implications for professionals who work with detained and released youth.
CE Course Objectives
1. Identify the psychiatric disorders and mental health needs of youth processed in juvenile and adult courts.
2. Describe the demographic characteristics of detained youth and the prevalence of mental health disorders among them.
3. Summarize the results of statistical analyses of the Northwestern Juvenile Project, including methods, findings, and study limitations.
4. Outline barriers to mental health services among detained youth, including characteristics associated with lower rates of service use.
5. Analyze the prevalence and persistence of psychiatric disorders in youth after detention.
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