Assessing Youth Mental Health in Juvenile Justice Settings

About the Course:

This course is based on the results of a study that used a computerized, self-administered version of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children to screen for psychiatric disorders in youth newly admitted to assessment centers in Illinois and New Jersey. Recommendations are offered regarding “best practices” for assessing the juvenile justice population.


Gail A. Wasserman, et al., U.S. Department of Justice

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about youth mental health in the juvenile justice system. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe how the DISC was utilized in the study outlined in this course.

  2. Compare studies presented to determine “best practices”.

  3. Assess and be able to apply recommendations made for juvenile justice mental health assessment.

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