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The Juvenile Court Consultation Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School offers a one-year, full-time postdoctoral Fellowship in Juvenile Forensic Psychology. The program trains forensic psychology fellows to conduct court-ordered evaluations in a busy, urban juvenile court clinic. Fellows have the opportunity to evaluate youth who are court-involved due to either status offenses or delinquency matters, as well as parents who are court-involved due to allegations of neglect and/or abuse. Fellows are part of the Psychiatry Department at Mass General and receive an appointment in psychology at Harvard Medical School.
During the course of the training year, fellows will take primary responsibility for conducting approximately 30 court-ordered evaluations including child requiring assistance (CRA), care and protection (C&P), delinquency, emergency and testing evaluations. Fellows 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 may also attend academic conferences, along with the plentiful educational opportunities offered by Mass General and Harvard University.
Fellows receive the training required for Certified Juvenile Court Clinician I (CJCC1) and begin to learn how to conduct competency to stand trial (CST) and criminal responsibility (CR) evaluations. Upon completion of the training program, our fellows have taken a wide-range of positions in the field of psychology including in forensic state hospitals, in both adult and juvenile court clinics, in forensic private practice or in academic settings.
The fellowship runs each year from September 1st through the following August 31st.
All fellows receive the following:
The Juvenile Court Consultation Program at Massachusetts General Hospital provides specialized pediatric forensic training through the following types of weekly activities:
Other didactic experiences are available throughout the larger Mass General community. Fellows have the option of attending weekly Psychiatry Grand Rounds at Mass General as well as participating in other seminars in the Psychiatry Department (e.g., scientific writing seminar, psychological testing seminar). Fellows are expected to attend four day-long workshops and two day-long, state-wide training conferences offered to forensic professionals by the Department of Mental Health.
Application materials should be sent to Jennifer A. Murphy, PhD by mail or email:
Jennifer A. Murphy, PhD Director of TrainingJuvenile Court Consultation ProgramOne Bowdoin Square, 10th FloorBoston, MA 02114-2927
If you have any questions about the application process please contact Dr. Murphy: firstname.lastname@example.org
All materials must be postmarked no later than January 5th at 5pm (EST).
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