Juvenile Forensic Evaluation Training

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Juvenile Forensic Evaluation Training

To comply with the Governor's Order and public health prevention practice due to the novel coronavirus the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy (ILPPP) postponed the March 2020 Juvenile Forensic Evaluation: Principles and Practice. Since then the program has been re-designed and will be launched on September 22, 2020 as an asynchronistic online program.

This training is designed to meet the statutorily mandated training required of all forensic evaluators in Virginia offered by the ILPPP through a contract with the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services (DBHDS). 

The online program will be launched on September 22, 2020 and must be completed by December 7, 2020. It will require approximately 35 hours for completion including the lectures, readings, quizzes and submission of a sample report. 

The cost of the program for employees of VA DBHDS is $450 and for others $1,125.00.

 Agenda for the on-line program is as follows:

Module 1: Introduction to Juvenile Forensic Evaluation and Competency to Stand Trial (CST)

Introduction to Juvenile Forensic Evaluation and History in Virginia: Janet I. Warren, DSW

Law, the Court System, and the Juvenile Justice Process: Heather Zelle PhD, JD

Principles and Structure of Forensic Evaluation: Janet I. Warren DSW

Competency to Stand Trial in Juvenile Court: Legal Parameters: Sharon Kelley PhD, Esq.

Module 2:  Evaluating Adjudicative Competency in Juvenile Court

Clinical Assessment of Trial Competency with Juveniles: Dewey Cornell, PhD

The Five Question Model for Conducting Juvenile Competency Evaluations: Ivan Kruh, PhD

Using the Juvenile Adjudicative Competency Interview (JACI): Ivan Kruh, PhD

Rational Understanding and Juvenile Competency: Michele Killough Nelson PhD

Module 3:  Research and Clinical Parameters of Adjudicative Competency

Research Concerning Evaluation and Remediation:  Janet I. Warren, DSW

Developmental Immaturity and Relevance to Juvenile Court: Jeff Aaron, PhD

Competency to Stand Trial Case Examples: Janet I. Warren, DSW

Competency to Stand Trial and Report Writing: Jeff Aaron, PhD

Remediating Juveniles Adjudicated Incompetent: Ben Skowysz, LCSW

Module 4: Other Forensic Issues in Juvenile Court

Assessing Plea Colloquies in Juvenile Court: Sharon Kelly, PhD, Esq.

Malingering in the Evaluation of Juvenile Defendants: Scott Bender, PhD

Mental Illness and Intellectual Disabilities in Juveniles: Eileen Ryan, DO

Transfer of Juveniles to Circuit Court:: Larry Fitch, Esq.

Evaluation of Transfer in Juvenile Court: Jeff Aaron, PhD

Module 5:  Expert Testimony and Sanity

The Insanity Defense in Circuit Court: Larry Fitch, Esq.

Insanity Videotapes and Examples: Janet I. Warren, DSW

The Practice of Expert Testimony: Janet I. Warren, DSW

Working with Attorneys in Juvenile Court, Liz Murtaugh

Submitted Questions and Answers: Zoom Session with Faculty


For more information, please contact Janet I. Warren, DSW, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, Institute of Psychiatry and Public Policy, University of Virginia, [email protected], or 434-924–8305.