My Account  |  0 item(s)    View Cart
Evaluating Juveniles' Adjudicative Competence: A Guide for Clinical Practice (Book w/CD-ROM)
by Thomas Grisso

Evaluating Juveniles' Adjudicative Competence: A Guide for Clinical Practice (Book w/CD-ROM)

Your Price: $49.95
In Stock
Order Code :EJC
  • 2005  186pp paperbound with CD-ROM   ISBN: 9781568870953
Due to recent changes in the law pertaining to youths in juvenile and criminal court, the need to evaluate a young persons competence to stand trial has increased dramatically.  This is the first comprehensive guide offering clinicians the special concepts, procedures, and methods necessary to perform these evaluations using a developmental perspective.  The book's approach to evaluating youths' competence to stand trial is consistent with nearly a decade of research by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice.

Written in 17 brief units, this guide for forensic clinicians begins with essential concepts that provide a sound legal and developmental psychological foundation for these evaluations.  The guide then proceeds to describe in detail special considerations for designing the evaluation, collecting data in ways that are sensitive to deficits in youths abilities due to clinical disorders and potential developmental immaturity, and interpreting the results to address the special challenges associated with identifying juveniles capacities and deficits as trial defendants.  The guides Appendices and CD-ROM (included with the book) provide a number of original forms and checklists for use in this evaluation process, including a structured interview - the Juvenile Adjudicative Competence Interview (JACI) - that assists clinicians in obtaining essential data related to youths strengths and deficits with legal and developmental relevance for their competence to stand trial.

A parallel volume, Clinical Evaluations for Juveniles: Competence to Stand Trial: A Guide for Legal Professionals, is available for members of the legal profession.  These two companion volumes offer the potential for a consensual, cross-disciplinary understanding of the legal, clinical, and developmental issues involved in the process of decisions about juveniles competence as trial defendants.

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
    Purpose of the Guide
    Development of the Guide
    Tour of the Guide 
    Using the Guide
        Qualifications of the Examiner
        Continuing Education
        Caution Regarding Law and Policy
    The Guide as a Standard
PART I - FUNDAMENTAL LEGAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CONCEPTS
    UNIT 1: The Legal Concept of Adjudicative Competence (Competence to Stand Trial)
        Adjudicative Competence in the Criminal Justice Process / Adjudicative Competence in the Juvenile Justice Process
    UNIT 2: A Developmental Perspective for Evaluations of Juveniles Adjudicative Competence    
        Developmental Maturity and Immaturity / Research on Youths' Capacities as Trial Defendants / Special Considerations for a Developmental Perspective in Competence Evaluations
PART II - PREPARING FOR THE EVALUATION
    UNIT 3: The Referral - Determining the Purpose of the Evaluation
        The Objective / The Process / Discussion of Special Issues
    UNIT 4: The Defense Attorney - Making Contact
        The Objective / The Process / Discussion of Special Issues
    UNIT 5: The Plan - Deciding the Scope and Methods
        The Objective / The Process
    UNIT 6: The Caretakers - Making Contact and Invitations
        The Objective / The Process / Discussion of Special Issues
    UNIT 7: Obtaining Records
        The Objective / The Process / Discussion of Special Issues
PART III - DATA COLLECTION
    UNIT 8: Overview of the Data Collection Process
        Relevance: What Data Are Needed? / Reliability: How Should Data Be Collected? / Responsiveness: Adapting to Case Demands
    UNIT 9: Preparing the Youth and Caretakers
        The Objective / The Process / Discussion of Special Issues
    UNIT 10: Obtaining a Developmental and Clinical History
        The Objective / The Process / Discussion of Special Issues
    UNIT 11: Evaluating Developmental and Clinical Status
        The Objective / The Process / Discussion of Special Issues
    UNIT 12: Assessing Competency Abilities
        The Objective / The Process / Discussion of Special Issues
    UNIT 13: Exploring Caretakers Perceptions of Youths Adjudication
        The Objective / The Process / Discussion of Special Issues
PART IV - INTERPRETATION
    UNIT 14: Overview of Interpretive Objectives
        Legal Structure for the Forensic Question / Clinical Theories, Concepts, and Knowledge / Hypothesis Testing / Communication
    UNIT 15: Formulating Opinions Related to Competency
        The Objective / The Process / Discussion of Special Issues
    UNIT 16: Formulating Remediation
        The Objective / The Process / Discussion of Special Issues
    UNIT 17: Writing the Report
        The Objective / The Process
References
Supplemental References
Appendices
    Appendix A: Clinicians Records
    Appendix B: Interview Guides
        Preparing the Youth and Caretakers
        Developmental and Clinical History
        Developmental and Clinical Status
        Caretakers Perceptions of Youths Adjudication
    Appendix C: Juvenile Adjudicative Competence Interview (JACI)
    Appendix D: Attorney CST Questionnaire
CD-ROM Information
    Introduction
    Table of Contents of the CD-ROM
    System Requirements
    How to Install and Use the Files
    Permission to Use This Material

CE Program

A supplemental 3-credit, 30 question continuing education program is available for this book.  To order the complete program (this book and CE test module or test module alone if you already have access to this book), go to: CE Program (3 Credits): Evaluating Juveniles' Adjudicative Competence

For information about our approved continuing education sponsorships
and acceptance by state boards, please click here:
Continuing Education

About the Author

Thomas Grisso, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychology, and Director of the Law and Psychiatry Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  His research, teaching, and clinical practice during the past 35 years have focused on legal competencies, forensic clinical evaluations, and developmental psychology applied to juvenile legal issues.  He has authored or co-authored numerous books and evaluation instruments on juvenile forensic issues, including the following titles published by Professional Resource Press: Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles (1998), Clinical Evaluations for Juveniles' Competence to Stand Trial (2005), Miranda Rights Comprehension Instruments (MRCI) (2012).  The present work is a product of the collaborative efforts of the members of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice, for which Dr. Grisso directed a research project on juveniles' adjudicative competence.  Dr. Grisso is Executive Director of the American Board of Forensic Psychology, and has authored a number of texts on forensic evaluations.  His research and writing to support the quality of mental health professionals' evaluations for courts have been recognized by distinguished contribution awards from the American Psychological Association, the American Board of Professional Psychology, and the Isaac Ray Award from the American Psychiatric Association.
Go to Home page

Recently Viewed Titles