Forensic Psychiatry

Our Vision

To improve the mental health of Forensic Psychiatry patients through education, research, and treatment of mental disorders within a legal context.

Forensic Psychiatry

Overview

The Section of Forensic Psychiatry provides expert and specialized inpatient and community assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, follow-up, consultation, and education-research services for, or related to:  adults and adolescents with mental health problems who are in conflict with the law. Training is provided to all levels of students.

We provide a supportive learning environment that fosters the development of research, teaching, and clinical skills; while maintaining dynamic and active continuing professional development. We develop research/education links with other departments, faculties and institutions.

Forensic

Education

  • Improve the knowledge and skills of psychiatrists and other health care professionals in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric patients within a legal context
  • Promote adequate care of forensic psychiatry patients, preventing unnecessary criminalization of these patients
  • Provide expert consultation to health care providers outside the Forensic Psychiatry Division
  • Train students and physicians at all levels including undergraduate, residency, and fellowship positions
  • Promote continuing professional development through journal club, grand rounds and symposia
  • Division faculty are involved in the core curriculum as well as provision of elective rotations and fellowships to trainees from the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta and international fellows.
Forensic Psychiatry

Clinical Services

  • Provide clinical services for all Albertans within the target population with an enhanced and expanded inpatient and community-based interdisciplinary team
  • Provide direct and indirect services (education, consultation, telemental health, etc.) to individuals in all regions throughout southern Alberta
  • Develop community forensic psychiatry services in partnership with the Government of Alberta Ministry of Justice, other zones within Alberta Health Services, community mental health clinics, and provincial programs
Forensic

Research

  • Improve the knowledge base and understanding of forensic psychiatric issues
  • Promote innovative and insightful research
  • Develop best-practice patterns and monitor research with evidence-based outcome measures
  • Actively participate in the greater research community, exchanging findings and collaborating at local, national, and international levels

Key Contacts

Dr. Kenneth Hashman
MD, DABPN, FRCP(C)
Psychiatry & Forensic Psychiatry, Associate Professor Section Head & Academic Chief; Deputy Head, Department of Psychiatry



Ph: (403) 944-6810
Fax: (403) 944-6852
E-mail: ken.hashman@albertahealthservices.ca