Learning Objectives

On completion of this chapter, students should be able to do the following:

1. Identify and discuss the various mental health issues that compound the difficulties in treating juvenile offenders

2. Explain how family-of-origin issues may be an important consideration for juvenile offenders

3. Discuss how court programs provide specialized assistance for youth with mental health and substance use issues

4. Identify various types of treatment modalities that are used with juvenile offenders

5. Identify and discuss the various reasons why trauma-informed care should be routinely available for youth in the justice system

6. Distinguish between treatment needs of youth with sex and sexuality adjustment concerns from those of juvenile sex offenders