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Foundations of Youth Development

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Certificate of completion iconThis is a required course in the Rutgers Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Certificate Program.

Course Dates: October 6 & 13, 2021

Course Time: 8:30 am - 11:30 am EDT

Course Format: Hybrid online, mix of asynchronous and live instruction

Registration Fee: $295.00 per person

Course Code: YD0805WA22

This 6-hour online course will introduce the science of adolescent development, including normal cognitive, physical/neurological, social, and emotional development, and the effects of adverse childhood experiences on the developing brain. Participants will begin to understand milestones in adolescent development and how we learn as we enter adulthood, as well as the lingering effects of trauma and toxic stress, the predicting factors on youth outcomes in schools and communities, and possible trauma-informed responses that can improve outcomes across the systems influencing youth and families. Sessions will introduce strategies for making decisions on prevention or intervention that are rooted in an understanding of youth development.

Registration will close on October 4, 2021.

Meet Your Instructor

Dr. Joël Núñez

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Dr. Joël Núñez is a New Jersey state licensed clinical psychologist. In 1996, he earned a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Psychology from Drew University in Madison, NJ. He earned a full scholarship to study psychology at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. As a graduate student, he was awarded the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans based on scholarly merit, academic promise, and potential to contribute to public life in America. Dr. Núñez graduated in 2003 with a Ph.D. in Psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/UMDNJ in Piscataway, NJ. Following the internship, he worked as a bilingual clinical psychologist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Secaucus, NJ, earning his license to practice psychology in 2006. Thereafter, Dr. Núñez worked as a consultant psychologist at a residential facility in Totowa, NJ, where he treated adolescents and adults living with developmental disabilities, severe and persistent mental illness, and other life challenges. He also provided clinical supervision for psychologists-in-training at an inpatient psychiatric hospital.

Dr. Núñez owns and operates PROV 205 LLC, a group psychotherapy practice in Bayonne, NJ where he and his team of psychologists treat individuals, couples, and families facing various challenges in living. In addition, he is a published author and public speaker appearing locally and nationally on the topics of mental health, self-care, and optimizing human performance. Finally, Dr. Núñez serves as an elder at the Cityline Church of Jersey City where he teaches and provides professional pastoral counseling. He, his wife, and three children live in Northern New Jersey.

Continuing Education Credits

NJ Continuing Legal Education: 7 CLEs

NJ Social Work CE Credits: 6

Course Access and Policies

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be delivered synchronously via Zoom and asynchronously via the Canvas Learning Management System.

You will need a computer, microphone, and webcam to participate in the course.

Email Address Requirement


Cancellation and Substitution Policy

You may withdraw from this course in writing (via email to up to three (3) full business days before the class begins and receive a full refund, less a $50.00 processing fee. In lieu of a refund, you can also request a credit towards a future course. If the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) is not notified in writing at least three (3) business days prior to the start of class, you may be responsible for the full fee.

Substitutions are permitted.



In the event that we cancel a course, we will try to reschedule and automatically place registered students in the new offering (registrants will be notified of the new date). If a student is unable to attend on the new date, a refund will be issued if we are notified in writing at least three full business days prior to the rescheduled class. If we are unable to reschedule, a refund will be issued or a credit towards a future course will be offered.

Learn More

If you have questions about this course, please don't hesitate to contact us!

For registration assistance, please call 848-932-9271, option 2 or email

For all other inquiries, please contact Sabrina Perez.

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Sabrina Perez

Sabrina Perez, Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator, Juvenile Justice and Youth Development

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