Seminar Objectives

1. Formal Knowledge in Forensic Psychology/Psychiatry

Formal knowledge may be acquired through all aspects of the fellow year, but is especially intended to be derived from the two weekly seminars. By the end of the year, these seminars will have provided the fellow the opportunity to have acquired knowledge of the following:

  • Principles of forensic mental health assessment
  • Legal principles that are relevant to specific forensic evaluations.
  • Major U.S. case law dealing with critical issues in policy and practice in mental health and forensic cases.
  • Mass. General Laws and Regulations pertaining to mental health evaluations, treatment and practice in criminal and civil cases.
  • Legal and ethical issues in the provision of forensic mental health services.
  • Forensic evaluation methodologies.
  • Systems for delivery of forensic mental health services (Mass. and national)
  • Rules, procedures, and techniques related to providing expert witness testimony

2. Formal Knowledge of Forensic Research

Didactic training will include reviews of major research studies addressing legal policy and forensic services involving mentally ill adults and minors.  In addition, the fellow will become familiar with:

  • Major texts in forensic psychology/psychiatry.
  • Major research journals in these fields.
  • How to review and critique research manuscripts submitted to journal editors.
  • How to find and read statutes and legal cases.

3. Integration of Formal Knowledge and Applied Experience

The fellow will obtain this integration in several forums: the Law and Psychiatry Program's biweekly case conferences, the Tuesday Morning Seminar, and through general supervision at various applied forensic experience sites.

4. Preparation for the ABPP examination in Forensic Psychology

The seminars and didactic experiences are designed to include the broad range of areas subsumed in the Specialty of Forensic Psychology. By the end of the year, fellows will be prepared to take and pass the ABPP examination in Forensic Psychology.