Feedback on Forensic Mental Health Assessments in a Juvenile Court Clinic Certification Program
Juvenile and Family Court Journal
Public-sector mental health systems have set forth specialized practice competencies for forensic mental health clinicians conducting court-ordered examinations. This study examined a sample of feedback letters to clinicians who submitted mid-training and final reports for review as part of the requirements for certification as a juvenile court clinician. The most common feedback points were insufficient/irrelevant historical data, problems with clarity/organization of the report, problems with interview/mental status examination, and problems with competency to stand trial data/opinions. Clinicians had fewer deficiencies in their final report compared to their mid-training report, supporting the perspective that forensic training and supervision is associated with better quality reports.
DiCataldo, F., Serafinski, R., Beam, D., & Grisso, T. (2020). Feedback on Forensic Mental Health Assessments in a Juvenile Court Clinic Certification Program. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 71 (4) https://doi.org/10.1111/jfcj.12186