CAP I Forensic Rotation (Lakeshore Hospital)

Patient Care

Forensic evaluation of a variety of patients of both genders, including adolescent, who represent a broad range of mental disorders and circumstances, in both civil and criminal contexts.

Medical Knowledge

The resident will participate in consultation to general psychiatric services on issues related to the legal psychiatric practice, such as civil commitment, confidentiality, refusal of treatment, decision-making competence, custody evaluation and guardianship.

The resident will acquire:

  • Knowledge of child custody laws.
  • Evaluation methodology to perform custody evaluation.
  • Evaluation of adolescents for custody.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

The resident will learn to observe evaluations done by experienced professionals in court and the homes of families with regards to custody disputes and visitation rights. Interpersonal skills are defined as the specific techniques and methods, which facilitate effective and empathetic communication between the resident, patients, colleagues, staff, and system.


The resident will demonstrate respect for patients and colleagues, and respect their age, culture, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. The resident will interact professionally with the legal system.

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

The resident will be able to articulate the basic concepts of forensic child and adolescent psychiatry and how it is used in the legal system. The resident should have a working knowledge of the diverse systems involved in treating children, and adolescents, and understand how to use the systems as part of a comprehensive system of care, in general, and as part of a comprehensive, individualized plan.

Systems-based Practice

The resident will be able to:

  1. Work with various members of the hospital, clinical and legal teams including but not limited to lawyers, child protective services, and inpatient unit physicians.
  2. Work to identify system errors, and accurately identify what happened to cause the errors and what outcome the error has caused.