Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

Program Description

The experiences available include:

  • Forensic inpatient assessments on a 25-bed unit, which provides pre-trial, pre-sentence, NCRMD, and dangerousness assessments.
  • Forensic outpatient assessments in our Ambulatory Clinic Forensic, adolescent assessments in our Adolescent Ambulatory Clinic.
  • Forensic outreach experience at various institutions and half-way houses in the community, involving provincial and federal offenders.
  • Treatment of patients in all of the above forensic settings.
  • Regular attendance in provincial court with the opportunity to give expert evidence.
  • Exposure and participation in forensic psychiatric research projects.
  • Exposure to forensic psychiatric administration.
  • Exposure to civil forensic psychiatric assessments.
  • Didactic supervision and review of core forensic psychiatric curriculum.
  • Participation in law and medicine course at the Law Faculty, University of Calgary.
  • Opportunity to arrange an elective, within the fellowship, to gain experience at other programs as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Educational Objectives

Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes
At the end of the fellowship, the fellow will be expected to be able to:

  • Perform a forensic psychiatric assessment in the various settings described above.
  • Produce a forensic psychiatric report addressing various legal issues.
  • Treat patients within a broad range of forensic settings and be able to effectively manage high risk patients.
  • Give expert evidence in court.
  • Liaise with lawyers, police, corrections, and the court.
  • Work in a forensic psychiatric multi-disciplinary team.
  • Understand important issues in forensic psychiatric administration.
  • Have participated in the production of forensic psychiatric research.
  • Have a good working knowledge of the core curriculum for forensic psychiatry.

Supplementary Information

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Main Location
Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre (SAFPC)

Level of Training
Post-Specialty Psychiatry Training

Length of Rotation
Twelve months

Funding
An honorarium commensurate with PGY-6 pay is available on a competitive basis, with opportunity for clinical earnings one day per week for fellows with a license and qualified to bill Alberta Health Care.

Qualifications
FRCPC or equivalent license to practice in Alberta.

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Supervisors
Drs. Ken Hashman (Deputy Head & Section Chief Forensics)
Drs. Cynthia Baxter, George Duska, Denis Morrison, David Tano

Description of Supervision
Supervision will be provided by faculty and will be dependent on which area the fellow is rotating through at the time.

Evaluation Method
Ongoing formal and informal feedback.