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Juvenile Court Training Curriculum, 2nd Ed.

Published Apr 20, 2010, National Juvenile Defender Center

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Intended for juvenile court judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and probation staff, the curriculum provides in-depth training materials on the most up-to-date adolescent development research and its application to juvenile court practice. As a part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's project, Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice, this curriculum is available to jurisdictions across the country to enhance the capacity of professionals to make high-quality, developmentally appropriate decisions about the court-involved youth with whom they work.

Each module contains an estimate of presentation timing, a list of learning objectives, a summary of key concepts, and substantive material. To encourage trainings to be interactive, the authors have included several exercises, including hypothetical case scenarios, discussion guides for video clips, and other training tools.

Feel free to review a detailed overview (PDF) of the learning objectives for each curriculum module, or a 1-page flyer (PDF) containing descriptions of all modules.

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Models for Change is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, website operated by Justice Policy Institute.