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Assessing Risk of Juvenile and Young Adult Violence

There has been a swell of concern among the public and among professionals working in schools, juvenile justice, law enforcement and behavioral health services about violent behavior among children and adolescents. There is a need to advance the practice of assessing violence risk in juveniles to parallel the progress made in assessing adults, and to develop a systematic and thoughtful approach to assessing situations where an adolescent may come to official attention because of some threatening or otherwise inappropriate communication or behavior of concern.

This presentation addresses precisely those issues and will review recent trends in youth violence, summarize and distill twenty years of research on violence risk factors in youth, and discuss principles for conducting an effective, developmentally-informed risk assessment for youth including the use of structured assessment instruments. Special attention will be given to distinguishing between assessments of risk for general violence and those for targeted violence. The training will also help participants to understand the current "state of the science" in providing effective interventions for youth violence .

Workshop Content
Child/Adolescent Development and Violence Risk
Types of Aggression in Youth
Risk Factors for Violence in Adolescents
Understanding and Assessing “Psychopathic Traits” in Youth
Risk Assessment vs. Violence Prediction
Principles for Effective Risk Assessment
Targeted Violence and Threat Assessment
Current Approaches to Assess Risk for Targeted Violence
Principles of the Threat Assessment Approach
Principles for Conducting an Effective Threat Assessment
What works in Treating Violent Adolescents
Workshop Objectives
Describe how normal child and adolescent development may contribute to violence risk
List five risk factors for violence in adolescents
Discuss the differences between risk assessment and violence prediction
Identify three principals for effective risk assessment
Describe the optimal methods of treating potentially violent youth

Presented by

Randy Borum, Psy.D.
Randy Borum, Psy.D.Randy Borum, Psy.D., ABPP regularly conducts risk assessment training and is author/co-author of numerous publications on violence risk assessment, including the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth, (SAVRY). His newest book, Assessing and Managing Violence Risk in Juveniles, (2006) is the first authoritative text in the field on this topic. Dr. Borum worked as a Senior Consultant with the U.S. Secret Service for more than a decade, including co-authorship on the Safe School Initiative. He is a Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law & Policy at the University of South Florida, and an Advisory Board Member for the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. Dr. Borum is a licensed psychologist and is Board-Certified (ABPP) and fellowship-trained in Forensic Psychology. He is a past-president of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.