Our assessment practicum is a valuable learning experience in the use of psychological assessment for both clinical and legal purposes.
The one-year training we provide for doctoral- and master’s-level psychology students enables trainees to expand their knowledge about the psychological assessment of psychiatric forensic patients.
As a student in our forensic assessment psychology practicum, you will be exposed to adolescent and adult forensic psychiatric patients presenting with a variety of mental health problems.
Using standard psychological tests, you will take cases to assess for:
You can expect to gain experience with:
As part of the assessment, we’ll ask you to provide treatment recommendations to the treatment team or to legal counsel. We’ll give you opportunities to attend court and observe the adjudication process and the testimonies of mental health experts.
We’ll train you to work in an interdisciplinary setting and to communicate findings to various types of medical professionals. We aim to provide you with the best training possible; you can expect to be on site at least 16 hours each week.
You will work with mildly to severely mentally ill incarcerated patients during our assessment practicum. You will be exposed to forensic psychiatric patients — both children and adults — with a wide range of mental disorders, including:
Our training will increase your appreciation of psychiatric and multicultural issues seen in forensic populations.
During our practicum, you’ll learn about an assortment of clinical and neuropsychological batteries, including:
You will have a variety of opportunities to engage in research. Our practicum lets you embark on projects that:
Our practicum gives you opportunities to attend and participate in training seminars, staff meetings, weekly presentations and grand rounds.
You also have the option to attend the annual Comprehensive Review of Psychiatry conference, which helps keep you up-to-date on the latest advances in the diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders.
Each week you’ll receive at least 45 minutes of supervision. You can expect to receive more supervision in the beginning of your training.
With the supportive guidance of our faculty, you will work in local forensic settings, including: