Full course description
This course will address different approaches to treatment of young offenders. Students will first be exposed to recent advances in the study of predictors and causes of antisocial behaviour in children. Subsequently, attention will be paid to interventions that have been shown not to work, followed by information on effective interventions. Finally, students will read about the role of moral development and ethnicity in the development of delinquent behaviour.
In this four-week course, students will be exposed to a number of different theoretical and interventionist approaches in the area of juvenile offending. A key element will be the What Works approach: interventions that work have a strong theoretical rationale, focus on the relevant risk factors for offending, use routine quality monitoring to prevent programme drift, and are continually evaluated in terms of effectiveness. The relevance of different risk factors, such as neuropsychiatric disorders in the child (e.g., ADHD, autism-spectrum disorders, psychopathy), parental factors (mental disorders, poor parenting skills) and environmental factors (poverty, cultural aspects), will be illustrated.
After the course, students will:
- know and understand how aggressive behavior develops;
- know and understand how the development of aggressive behavior is influenced by gender and age of onset;
- know and understand how risk and protective factors interact in relation to the development of aggressive and offending behavior;
- have knowledge about the EARL/SAVRY and know how to administer, interpret, and explain these risk assessment tools in young children and adolescents;
- have knowledge about and understand what interventions work and what interventions do not work with young offenders and why (not);
- be able to critically evaluate and weigh different treatment interventions.