This is an evidence-based course on youthful offenders. A core curriculum on juvenile offenders for all practitioner levels. 

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE
Revised 2024

Description:  This course discusses the population of youthful offenders in the U.S.  The most commonly used approaches to treatment and their efficacy is covered.  Issues related to reentry are described.  Risk and protective factors are covered.  The second section delves into aspects related to understanding youthful offenders including attachment, gender differences, reasons, and purposes for bad behavior. The final section develops the conversation about which strategies to facilitate change are being used and their elements.  These strategies include Mindfulness, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Moral Reconation, Motivational Interviewing, and Restorative Justice.

Hour One
1.  Participants will be able to describe the four categories of juvenile offense profiles.
2.  Participants will be able to list the interventions that have statistically positive results with youthful offenders.
3.  Participants will be able to discuss the treatment needs/problem profile of juvenile offenders.
Hour Two
4.  Participants will be able to list the risk factors that increase the likelihood of problem behavior.
5.  Participants will be able to list the protective factors that reduce the likelihood of problem behavior.
Hour Three
6.  Participants will be able to discuss the role of anger regulation, attachment, gender differences, trauma resolution, and empathy with youthful offenders.
7.  Participants will be able to list the five critical outcomes of a gender responsive youthful offender program.
8.  Participants will be able to describe the eight goals of misbehavior and effective responses to these goals.
Hour Four
9.  Participants will be able to discuss how people change and the trans-theoretical model of change.
10.  Participants will be able to discuss the elements of eight treatment models that are utilized with youthful offenders.

CE Credits:  4

Hour One:  Incidence and prevalence, treatment needs problem profiles.
Hour Two:  Risk and protective factors.
Hour Three:  Special issues.
Hour Four: Treatment models.

Methods: Study guide, posttest  & evaluation, Q & A via email to

Content Areas:  Adolescent issues, Criminal Justice, Addictions, Helping relationship, Treatment knowledge, Counseling.

CE Broker #:  20- 458895 

Purpose:   This course is intended for counseling practitioners who want to learn more about working with young offenders.  Individuals completing this course will be better equipped to understand the underlying issues and the effective interventions for young offenders. 

Target Audience: Social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals.

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