UMMS Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry

Forensic Rotations

V: Boston Juvenile Court Clinic

The goals of the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic Rotation include providing fellows with opportunities to:

  1. Gain an understanding of the legal standards and practical issues involved in juvenile court clinic based evaluations;
  2. Gain direct experience with the workings of a busy juvenile court and the roles of court personnel;
  3. Observe and/or conduct forensic assessments in a juvenile court clinic setting;
  4. Prepare reports based on evaluations conducted in the court clinic setting.

These goals will be met through the direct participation by the forensic psychiatry fellow in cases referred to the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic. These evaluations include assessments related to care and protection of children, children in need of services, and competence to stand trial and criminal responsibility of juvenile offenders. In addition to observing and assisting with evaluations conducted by licensed forensic psychiatrists and psychologists on staff at the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic, the forensic psychiatry fellows take primary responsibility for evaluations as determined by the director of the Boston Juvenile 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.