Our one-year practicum helps you build knowledge about the therapeutic and pharmacological treatment of individuals in the criminal justice system.
The training we provide for doctoral- and master’s-level psychology students helps develop trainees’ professionalism and knowledge of psychotherapeutic strategies via didactics and in-depth clinical experience.
As a student in our clinical forensic psychology practicum, you will administer psychotherapy, group therapy and diagnostic testing. With the guidance of your clinical supervisor, you will gain experience completing:
You will also have opportunities to attend court and observe the adjudication process and the testimonies of mental health experts. Additionally, you will gain experience with forensic evaluations to determine mental and legal capacity.
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 for at least 16 hours each week.
You will work with mildly to severely mentally ill incarcerated patients during our practicum. We’ll expose you to forensic psychiatric patients with a range of mental disorders, including:
Over the course of our practicum, you can expect to conduct psychotherapy sessions for five to eight patients on a weekly basis. You will also follow a number of other incarcerated psychiatric patients who require less treatment maintenance and who are incarcerated for brief periods.
You will have the opportunity to participate in treating individuals within the Residential Treatment Unit, a unit designed for the treatment of inmates with serious mental illness. It’s also possible for you to gain experience working with our Constant Observation Treatment Team, a group of clinicians overseeing treatment and care of inmates on observation for suicidal behaviors.
Our training will increase your appreciation of psychiatric and multicultural issues that present themselves in a forensic population.
You will have plenty of opportunities to get involved with research and develop projects you can use for thesis work.
We’ll enable you to embark on projects that:
Our practicum gives you opportunities to attend and participate in training seminars, 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:
Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry; Director, Division of Psychology
Erie County Medical Center 462 Grider Street Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 898-5290