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NCJ Number: 148703 Find in a Library
Title: Mental Health Perspective on Juvenile Justice (From National Conference on Juvenile Justice, P 349-356, 1993, Lynn Atkinson and Sally-Anne Gerull, eds. -- See NCJ-148673)
Author(s): J Jureidini
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper describes the structure and work of the Forensic Psychiatry Unit (FPU), as part of a broader Adolescent Outreach Service of the Adelaide Children's Hospital, Division of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (Australia).
Abstract: The FPU was developed in an effort to improve mental health services to a range of juveniles not being served effectively by existing systems. The unit has responsibility for court reports ordered by the judges of the children's court in relation to offending, providing psychiatric services to juvenile detention centers, and providing consultation to and accepting referrals from Family and Community Services fieldworkers. The FPU is a small unit with a clinical staff of less than one full-time equivalent, but with the indispensable services of full-time secretarial support. The psychotherapeutic principles used by the unit include firm guidance that requires the client to address the root causes of the problem behavior, consultation with other mental health professionals about the therapist's own feelings about clients, and sensitivity to what a client's behavior says about his or her needs. The psychiatric services of the unit also extend to the provision of continuity of care in therapeutic environments and consultation in sentencing.
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Criminology; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile mental health services; Psychiatric services; Psychologists/psychiatrists role in Juvenile Justice
Note: From proceedings of the National Conference on Juvenile Justice, held in Adelaide, Australia, September 22-24, 1992.
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