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Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

Oct 21, 2013 09:00am -
Nov 16, 2013 05:00pm

Event Description

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice


The online start of this program will be on October 21st instead of October 15th. Everything else in the schedule and agenda remains the same.

Sponsored by The Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., JD, instructor

This course is the fourth offered in a four course series. Mental Health and Juvenile Justice is designed for professionals engaged in providing services to youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system who aspire to improve outcomes for youth and families through enhancing their programs and services, and by more effectively partnering with public and private agencies and providers (state, local, tribal or other). Participants will apply emerging research in trauma and neurodevelopment to describing developmental trauma impacts in court-involved youth, identify key points on the research-based "cradle to prison pipeline" for high-risk youth involved with juvenile justice, describe "best practices" for youth involved with juvenile justice, and identify competencies for a program to meet the mental health needs of court-involved youth.

  • General: law and systems overview, consultation and testimony
  • Evaluations of juveniles, including: CST, CR, aid to sentencing
  • Specialty evaluations: violence risk assessment, juvenile fire setting, substance abuse
  • Empirically-based treatments and best practices

Applicants will demonstrate an interest in family forensics and may include mental health professionals, lawyers, judges, probation officers, juvenile justice professionals, child welfare professionals, and court service workers. Prerequisites include an advanced degree in law, mental health, human services or criminal justice and certification or licensure in law, mental health or mediation. A formal transcript and a writing sample will be required for all applicants taking these courses for academic credit. 

Please contact Robin M. Deutsch, PhD at robin_deutsch@mspp.edu.

Program Code: JJ13-4
28 CE Credits
$975 for CE Credits -
Be sure to register early. Space is limited.

Certificate in Child and Family Forensics - 4 Courses

The certificate in Child and Family Forensics provides students with a solid foundation in the concepts, theories and practices in child and family forensic mental health work and will help professionals hone their skills and increase their knowledge to prepare them for work in child welfare, juvenile delinquency, sexual offending, divorce child custody and post-divorce parenting contexts. Courses include: parenting coordination, child custody evaluation, child maltreatment, and mental health and juvenile justice. These courses will review the law and systems, describe and practice protocols for evaluations, and review empirically based best practices and interventions through in-depth didactic instruction and opportunities for practice and consultation. Students have the option of substituting one course for an online course offered by New York Law School.

All courses are offered for 2 academic credits or 28 continuing education credits in a blended learning format, consisting of a 4-week online course and a required "weekend in residence" at the MSPP campus in Newton, MA.

Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., JD, is a forensic and clinical psychologist and an attorney who has been a member of the MSPP faculty since 1999. He is Senior Associate for the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. Dr. Kinscherff has previously served as Director of Clinical Services for Easter Seals of New Hampshire, Assistant Commissioner for Forensic Mental Health (Massachusetts Department of Mental Health), Director of Juvenile Court Clinic Services (Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court, MA Trial Court), and Director of Adult Forensic Services (Psychiatry and Law Program, Massachusetts General Hospital). For over a decade, he taught Forensic Mental Health Law and Psychiatry and Law at Boston University Law School. For the American Psychological Association, he has served as a past two-term Chair of the Ethics Committee (EC), Chair of the Committee on Legal Issues (COLI) and Member of the Committee on Professional Practices and Standards (COPPS). He is a past member of the Board and the Editorial Board for the Society on Terrorism Research and has been an invited participant on FBI and RAND Corporation working groups involving the intersection of behavioral sciences, law enforcement and national security. His research and professional practice areas include ethical and professional practice issues in clinical and forensic mental health practice, violence risk assessment and management, juvenile and adult sexual offenders, serious delinquency and juvenile homicide, aggressive and sexually problematic behaviors among youth and adults with developmental disabilities, and severe and unusual forms of child maltreatment. His publications include the co-authored book APA Ethics Code: Commentary and Case Illustrations (Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press, 2009) and more recent publications on topics including mental health practice in juvenile justice contexts, special ethical considerations in practice, and international human rights law implications for forensic psychologists of the 2012 US Supreme Court case of Miller v. Alabama regarding mandatory life imprisonment without possibility of parole for offenses committed as a juvenile.


Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Forensic Psychology & Divorce
Early registration ends on Sep 06, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Sep 07, 2013 and ends on Oct 04, 2013.
Late registration starts on Oct 05, 2013.



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