Course Content and Outcome Guide for CJA 116

Course Number:
CJA 116
Course Title:
Juvenile Risk Assessment
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Course Description

Covers fundamentals of assessing juveniles at risk of becoming involved in serious delinquent behavior. Focuses on specific types of problems such as violence, chemical dependency and sexual offending. Youth treatment programs will also be examined. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: CJA 114. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Students will explore current trends and research concerning community, family and individual risks that may contribute to a youth€™s lack of positive engagement in school and community. Students will learn to identify risk and protective factors which influence youth and families through assessments, discussions and sharing of current research.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. Assess juveniles at risk of becoming involved in serious behavioral problems using current best practices.
2. Evaluate youth treatment programs for mitigating risk factors and protective aspects that will help to increase higher life success.

Course Activities and Design

  • Classroom Lecture
  • Guest speakers
  • Films and videos
  • Role playing scenarios
  • Group discussions


Outcome Assessment Strategies

Methods of assessment may include the following: examinations, quizzes, an interview assignment report, research papers, class participation, role playing feedback, oral presentations and group activities.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Risk factors
  • Trends contributing to delinquency
  • Best assessment practices
  • Family Influences
  • Community Influences
  • Youth Success enhancements