CLE Programs

Using Risk Assessments to Predict Future Juvenile Behavior

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The increased use of risk assessments given to children accused of committing a sexual offense by schools, the Department of Children and Family, and other child-serving organizations has caused a tension between and among those representing the child to be assessed who strive to protect the child from future collateral consequences and the child serving agencies who need to ensure the safety of the other children they serve.  
The program will begin with an introduction from Barbara Quinones, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist about what risk assessments in this context can predict, the information the assessor needs to make the determination, certain tools that are used and how they are administered, and data and research around using risk assessments to predict future behaviors. 

If you are a lawyer who represents children or child-serving agencies, attend this program and you will learn:
• How and when they use these assessments and their success or failure in doing so;
• Objections to the use of the instruments;
• The potential danger to the child assessed that the use of these instruments pose; and
• Tips on how lawyers can protect their clients.

Finally, there will be a discussion on how might be able to come to some sort of common ground.


Holly T. Smith, Esq., program co-chair
CPCS-Youth Advocacy Division, Boston

Alisia St. Florian, Esq., program co-chair
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP, Quincy

Kelly Downs, Esq., program co-chair
Department of Youth Services

Barbara Quinones, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Joseph D. Mulhern, Jr., Esq.
Youth Advocacy Division, Fall River

Brian R. Pariser, Esq.
Department of Children and Families, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Timothy A. Sindelar, Esq.
Law Office of Tim Sindelar, Newton

Sponsoring Sections:

Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section

Seminar with On Demand On Demand
Date:Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time:4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location:Massachusetts Bar Association
Conference Room 101
20 West St
Boston, MA, 02111
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