Juvenile Court Consultation Program -- Education & Training
Education and Training
JCCP and DMH collaboratively sponsor education opportunities for an annual training class consisting of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral psychology fellows, master’s level social work interns, and rotating psychiatry residents. MGH/McLean child psychiatry residents also participate in the training activities and conduct evaluations under supervision at the Clinic during a first year rotation of their residency. Trainees participate in individual supervision, group supervision, and a didactic seminar series covering a variety of topics relevant to the practice of child and forensic psychology.
Post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology
JCCP sponsors a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in juvenile forensic psychology through the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) at the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic (BJCC) in a busy, urban juvenile court. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or Psy.D. in psychology with an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship. Fellows are part of the Psychiatry Department at MGH and receive an appointment in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. This fellowship begins September 1 and ends on August 30. During the course of the training year, the fellow will take primary responsibility for conducting approximately 30 court-ordered evaluations including CRA, C&P, delinquency, emergency, and testing evaluations. The fellow may also be called to testify in court. To prepare for this possibility, fellows participate in the Harvard Law School Trial exercise at the start of the year and a mock trial at the end of the year. Fellows receive the training required for Certified Juvenile Court Clinician I during the course of their training year and begin to learn how to conduct CST and CR Evaluations. Finally, fellows may attend academic conferences during the year, as well as the plentiful educational opportunities offered by the hospital and Harvard University.
Internships for pre-doctoral psychology students and masters level social work students
Psychology and Social Work student interns at the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic are collaboratively supervised by JCCP and DMH clinicians. In this part-time placement, interns have the opportunity to learn about many aspects of the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts and to address a variety of clinical issues including family systems dynamics, individual psychopathology, substance use disorders, and learning disabilities. Court Clinic interns also co-lead psychoeducational groups for court-involved adolescents.