Dec 19 2017: 8:00am–12:00pm

Overview and Ethical Considerations of Juvenile Forensic Evaluations and Testimony

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health

The presentation is an overview of juvenile criminal and civil forensic evaluations and report writing, the current best practice methods, and ethical considerations for the various roles mental health professionals play in the legal context. Legal questions pertaining to ways in which forensic mental health professionals can inform judges and attorneys on issues of Competency to Stand Trial (CST), risk assessment and psychological/psychiatric evaluations are discussed.  Specific cases, in the form of case reports, will be used to highlight assessment considerations. 


  • Kathleen Kemp, PhD
    Staff Psychologist, Rhode Island Hospital Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center
    Director, Rhode Island Family Court Mental Health Clinic
    Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Elizabeth Lowenhaupt, MD, FAAP

    Associate Training Director, Child Psychiatry and Triple Board Co-director, Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, Bradley Hospital
    Medical and Psychiatric Director, Rhode Island Training School
    Assistant Professor (Clinical), Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry), The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

  • Wade Myers, MD
    Director, Forensic Psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital
    Professor (Clinical), Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Jamison Rogers, MD
    Staff Psychiatrist, Rhode Island Hospital
    Training Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Brown University
    Assistant Professor (Clinical), Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • describe the clinical, forensic, and expert witness roles mental health professionals may play in the legal context
  • describe potential ethical issues and dilemmas for mental health professionals in forensic evaluations
  • recognize different types of juvenile forensic evaluations in the family court setting
  • discuss best practices of juvenile competency to stand trial evaluations and identify possible factors that may contribute to juvenile incompetence to stand trial
  • describe risk and protective factors in juvenile forensic violence risk evaluations


  • Target audience: Psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech-language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals
  • Instructional level: Intermediate
  • 3.5 CE hours/credits available. (See below)

Registration Information

  • $59
  • Register online now or by phone at 401-432-1087.
  • Online registration closes on Monday, December 18

Register Online

Education Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.      

Rhode Island Hospital designates these live activities for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Rhode Island MCLE Commission has approved this course for 3.5 total general credits including 1 ethics credit

CEUs for this event have been approved by the National Board for Social Work, designating this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 CE’s in Professional Ethics NASW# RI-6773.