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NCJ Number: 51837 Find in a Library
Title: PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE TO THE JUVENILE COURT - A MODEL
Journal: CANADIAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION JOURNAL  Volume:20  Issue:8  Dated:(DECEMBER 1975)  Pages:599-605
Author(s): C CHAMBERLAIN; G AWAD
Corporate Author: Canadian Psychiatric Assoc
Editor
Canada
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Canadian Psychiatric Assoc
Ottawa, On K2P 2H3, Canada
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: THE HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE FAMILY COURT CLINIC IN TORONTO, CANADA, IS TRACED, AND A CURRENT DERIVATIVE OF THIS CONCEPT, THE CLARK INSTITUTE OF PSYCHIATRY, IS DESCRIBED AS TO ITS STRUCTURE AND OPERATIONS.
Abstract: IT IS NOTED THAT THE INTERFACE BETWEEN PSYCHIATRY AND THE LAW HAS BEEN SPARSE IN THE AREA OF FAMILY LAW AND JUVENILE DELINQUENCY. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FAMILY COURT CLINIC BEGINNING IN TORONTO IN 1920 AT THE TIME OF THE APPOINTMENT OF THE FIRST FULL-TIME JUVENILE COURT JUDGE IS PRESENTED AS THE FIRST ATTEMPT IN CANADA TO USE PSYCHIATRIC EXPERTISE IN DEALING WITH PROBLEMS PRESENTED TO THE JUVENILE COURT. INSUFFICIENT FUNDING AND STAFFING, EXCESSIVE DEMANDS FOR SERVICE BY THE COURTS, AND LACK OF EXPERIENCED STAFF STYMIED A SUCCESSFUL OPERATION UNTIL THE CLARKE INSTITUTE OF PSYCHIATRY ASSUMED THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A FAMILY COURT CLINIC IN 1966. ATTACHMENT TO A UNIVERSITY CLINICAL SETTING, A FLEXIBLE APPOINTMENT SCHEDULE, AND THE INCLUSION OF TREATMENT SERVICES ALONG WITH ASSESSMENT RESPONSIBILITIES ARE BELIEVED TO BE SOME OF THE INGREDIENTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE FAMILY COURT CLINIC. WHILE UNABLE TO PROVIDE LONG-TERM TREATMENT FOR ITS LARGE CLIENTELE, THE CLINIC DOES PROVIDE A BROAD RANGE OF SERVICES, INCLUDING THAT OF A 'SERVICE BROKER' WHERE THE CLINIC IS NOT EQUIPPED TO MEET ALL THE NEEDS OF PARTICULAR CLIENTS. OTHER PROGRAMS OF THE CLINIC RELATED TO THE JUVENILE COURT ARE MENTIONED, INCLUDING TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR COURT PERSONNEL AND RESEARCH. THE PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY THE CLINIC IN ITS FIRST 5 YEARS OF OPERATION ARE DISCUSSED AND EFFORTS AT RESOLVING THESE ARE DESCRIBED. IT IS ADVISED THAT THERE IS A NEED FOR CLINICIANS INVOLVED IN SUCH ENTERPRISES TO SHARE PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR PARTICULAR CLINIC OPERATIONS. REFERENCES AND A SUMMARY IN FRENCH ARE PROVIDED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Canada; Juvenile courts; Model programs; Psychiatric services
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