Adolescent Development Judicial Training Videos 2018

Principles of Adolescent Development: What Juvenile Court Judges Need to Know

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) & the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) collaborated in 2017 to release a tool for judges entitled Applying Principles of Adolescent Development in Delinquency Proceedings. In 2018, NJDC and several of the judges involved in the drafting of this resource developed a video training to accompany that tool. What follows are seven videos on principles juvenile court judges can consider in the cases before them.

The presenters in the following videos are:

  • Judge Karen Ashby, Colorado Court of Appeals
  • Judge Ernestine S. Gray, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court
  • Dr. Antoinette Kavanaugh, Board Certified Forensic Psychologist
  • Mary Ann Scali, National Juvenile Defender Center

Click on any of the links below to watch these training videos:

Judge Karen Ashby discusses the U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence relevant to adolescent development.

Judge Ernestine S. Gray discusses how developmental concepts argue against harsher treatment of young people.

Dr. Antoinette Kavanaugh explains the science behind adolescent development and how it impacts youth decision-making.

Dr. Antoinette Kavanaugh discusses how prior traumatic experiences may influence how young people interact with others and their environment.

Dr. Antoinette Kavanaugh talks about the things we can do to help young people develop in positive ways.

Judges Karen Ashby and Ernestine Gray review how adolescent development plays into considerations of positive youth development, racial justice, and procedural justice in juvenile courts.

Judge Ernestine S. Gray discusses how understanding of the developmental capacities of young people can impact judicial decision-making at every stage of a juvenile case.