Assessing Youth introduces program and clinical staff to the goals and principles, techniques and instruments, and accomplishments and pitfalls of assessing young people who have sexually abused. While integrating the most current research, David Prescott differentiates clearly between assessments of adults and those of adolescents. This primer provides an overview of many of the instruments currently in use for assessing youth and addresses areas of risk that can serve as treatment goals. It further provides considerations for the developmental needs of youth, brief suggestions for interviewing, and links to new resources. Assessing Youth is the most user-friendly primer on adolescent assessment available.
David Prescott, MPA serves as Director of Professional Development and as a Clinical Director for the Becket Family of Services. Devoted to building healthy lives and safe communities, he has produced 14 book projects and numerous articles and chapters in the areas of assessing and treating sexual violence and trauma. Mr. Prescott is a current Fellow and past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the largest professional organization of its kind in the world. He is also the 2014 recipient of that organization’s Distinguished Contribution award, one of only a handful of recipients. Previously, he received the Bright Lights award from the National Adolescent Perpetration Network in 2007. He is a Certified Trainer for the International Center for Clinical Excellence and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He has lectured around the world, including most recently in Australia, Japan, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Romania, Canada, and the U.K. He also serves on the editorial boards of three scholarly journals, Motivational Interviewing: Training, Research, Implementation, and Practice, the Journal of Sexual Aggression, and Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. Mr. Prescott is also co-editor of the NEARI News, which is read by thousands of professionals each month.
This training is designed to help you:
- Identify differences between assessments of adults and those of adolescents
- Discuss and critically consider instruments currently in use for assessing youth
- Describe areas of risk that can serve as treatment goals
- Apply suggestions for interviewing youth who have sexually abused