UMMS Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry
IV. Cambridge Court Clinic
The goals of the Cambridge Court Clinic rotation include providing fellows with opportunities to:
- Gain an understanding of the legal standards and practice issues involved in court clinic based criminal forensic evaluations;
- Gain direct experience with the workings of a busy court and the roles of court personnel;
- Observe and conduct forensic assessments in a court clinic setting;
- Prepare reports based on evaluations conducted in the court clinic setting;
- Observe and, if possible, provide expert testimony.
These goals will be met through the direct participation by the forensic psychiatry fellow in cases referred to the Cambridge Court Clinic. These cases include evaluations for civil commitment of persons with mental illness, evaluations related to the commitment of persons with drug and alcohol addictions, as well as criminal evaluations of competence to stand trial, aid in sentencing, and probation evaluations. In addition to observing and assisting with evaluations conducted by licensed forensic psychiatrists and forensic psychologists on staff at the Cambridge Court Clinic, the forensic psychiatry resident will take primary responsibility for evaluations as determined by the director to the Cambridge Court Clinic. Factors that the director may take into account in assigning case responsibilities include the needs and schedule of the Court and the experience of the forensic psychiatry fellow.