DETAILS: This title appears on the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) suggested reading list. Includes the book and post-test. This 14-hour home-study course features a multiple choice test based on the book (320 pages), Forensic Evaluations Of Juveniles, Second Edition (2013) by Thomas Grisso, Ph.D.
SYNOPSIS: Much has happened in the 15 years since the publication of the original Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles (FEJ). Since the original Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles was published, the U.S. juvenile justice system itself has been transformed. The original Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles was written during the so-called "super-predator" era of the 1990s, when all state laws had been modified to "get tough" on young offenders, providing them with "adult time for adult crime." Soon after the original Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles was published, a national reform began to take shape, fueled by new neuroscience on development of the adolescent brain and new behavioral research on ways that adolescents' self-control and judgment were still maturing. The most recent decade also saw the development of massive programs, by government and private foundations, focused on reforming juvenile justice to adopt policies that responded to juveniles' offenses in developmentally appropriate ways.
What changed in Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles second edition?
One-third of the content has undergone major revisions.
Two-thirds of the citations in the reference section are publications since the first edition of Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles.
Changes in the second edition include new statutes and case law pertaining to juvenile cases, new developmental science regarding capacities and disorders in adolescence, new research on the application of developmental science to juvenile forensic evaluations, and the development of new structured assessment methods for every area of evaluation.
Another difference between the first and second editions is the addition of a number of discussions of the relevance of race, ethnicity, and culture when performing forensic evaluations of juveniles; a vital area in performing appropriate forensic evaluations. With an upsurge in immigrations and increased cultural diversity amongst youth, there is now an intense need to address these issues since most adolescents who are examined are youth of color with ethnic and economic backgrounds that should influence our interpretation of forensic assessment data.
The second edition addresses exactly the same types of forensic evaluations as the first edition, because they continue to be the most common evaluations for forensic psychologists and other examiners. The structure and format are also identical between the first and second editions.
Chapter 1: Preparing for Evaluations in Delinquency Cases
Chapter 2: Juveniles' Waiver of Miranda Rights
Chapter 3: Juveniles' Competence to Stand Trial
Chapter 4: Assessing Juveniles' Risk of Harm to Others
Chapter 5: Rehabilitation Evaluations of Juveniles
Chapter 6: Evaluations for Juveniles' Waiver to Criminal Court
Chapter 7: Professional and Ethical Forensic Practice in Juvenile Cases
After completing this home-study course, you'll be better able to:1.
AUTHOR PROFILES: Thomas Grisso, Ph.D., ABPP is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychology, and Director of the Law-PsychiatryProgram at University of Massachusetts Medical School. For over 30 years, his professional work has aimed at improving courts’ decisions and mental health professionals’ evaluations in legal cases pertaining to juveniles and persons with mental disorders. His contributions bridge research and practice. His research studies of developmental factors related to youths’ interrogation and adjudication have influenced US Supreme Court decisions as well as basic policy and practice in our juvenile courts nationwide. His dedication to forensic practice is reflected in his role as Executive Director of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Grisso’s work has been recognized by awards from the American Psychological Association (1995, Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy), the American Psychiatric Association (2005, Isaac Ray Award), the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2006, honorary fellow), and the American Psychology-Law Society (2012, Distinguished Contribution to Psychology and Law). Other books by Dr. Grisso addressing juvenile issues areDouble Jeopardy: Adolescent Offenders with Mental Disorders (2004); Mental Health Screening and Assessment in Juvenile Justice (2005; coauthor, Guilford Press); Clinical Evaluations for Juveniles' Competence to Stand Trial: A Guide for Legal Professionals (2005; Professional Resource Press), and Evaluating Juveniles Adjudicative Competence: A Guide for Clinical Practice (2005; Professional Resource Press).