1.50 CE Credits Available
Juvenile Justice in Action (2-video series)
Take a front row seat to the court proceedings for a 17-year-old who had a drug relapse following a year of working toward rehabilitation. Witness how the mental health profession can be a voice for clients in a punitive justice system.
This video series takes a candid look inside the juvenile court and disposition hearings for Rodrick Brown. Rodrick is a teenager who has been working to turn his life around after being involved in gang activity and drug use. Just before his eighteenth birthday he is arrested for marijuana possession and resisting arrest. Will this effectively undo the rehabilitation that he has been undergoing all year? What role will his therapist, social worker and defense attorney play in supporting him?

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Renouncing his gang, removing his gang tattoos and seemingly turning his life around, Rodrick Brown has the support of family, friends, his probation officer and counselor as he starts life anew. When a routine night out with friends turns into a visit by police, Rodrick finds himself back inside the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center where his years of hard work might all go down the drain. This 2-episode series focuses on Rodrick’s two court hearings and the roles of some of the courtroom players in determining what’s best for this young man struggling to keep his feet on level ground.

By watching Video, you will: :
  • Describe the juvenile justice process and the different roles each participant plays in a court hearing.
  • Observe the challenges a mental health professional faces when working within the court system.
  • Distinguish between the juvenile court and the adult court system.
  • Observe how legal decisions are made and the impact of mental health workers on those decisions.
  • Increase your understanding of the challenges clients involved in the judicial system face.

Length of Series: 1:43:40

English subtitles available

Karen Furore Grau and Larry Grau officially launched Calamari Productions in 1995, after a decade of journalism and education policy experience. President and Executive Producer Karen Grau brings 25 years of broadcast experience to all Calamari projects. Her career also includes three years as Deputy Legislative Director to former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh, where her work included analyzing the content and fiscal impact of legislation drafted by state agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor's office. Karen also assisted in writing three State of the State addresses. In 2014, Karen was named a Knight Foundation Fellow in Ethics at Washington & Lee University.

Larry Grau served as Senior Education Policy Executive to former Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon, where he drafted and directed several major initiatives enacted into law, including creating a stakeholders' education roundtable, a statewide comprehensive education accountability system, establishing the state's first alternative education program, and creating Indiana's initial early education reading diagnostic policies and programs.
Calamari Productions remains the only production company in the United States with state Supreme Court access allowing documentary cameras inside child welfare juvenile courts, venues that are—by law—closed to the media and the public. Calamari has turned that trust and extraordinary camera access into unprecedented, award-winning documentary series and video content used around the globe, from television outlets and networks such as ABC, NBC, MSNBC, A&E, MTV, Dateline NBC, Hulu, Nightline, Good Morning America, 20/20, Court TV, PBS, Bio and Channel 4 (UK), to universities and state governments around the country. Calamari video content is used for education and training purposes in over 14 countries, 200 universities, 25 Policy and Advocacy organizations and 85 state government agencies and facilities.

Today, Karen and Larry continue to direct and manage the creative vision that has put the company on the cutting edge of news, documentary and digital content programming. In their spare time they can be found spending time with their adult children, volunteering with at-risk kids and rescuing stray animals when not behind a camera!   

CE credits: 1.5

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the roles played by participants in a juvenile justice court hearing
  • Describe the challenges mental health professional face the court system
  • Recite the differences between the juvenile and adult court systems

Bibliography available upon request

This course is offered for ASWB ACE credit for social workers. See complete list of CE approvals here

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