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Training Activities

The Program provides specialized forensic training through the following types of weekly activities:

  • Applied Forensic Clinical Experience (about 32 hrs./week)
  • Weekly Seminars (about 4-5 hrs./week), and
  • Research Experience (about 4 hrs./week)
  • Supervision and mentorship on career objectives and fellowship progress (1-2 hours per week).
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Applied Forensic Clinical Experience

There are two broad types of forensic settings for adults in Massachusetts: inpatient forensic evaluation units, and court clinics. Court clinics consist of forensic psychologists and social workers who provide on-site forensic evaluations and consultation to the courts. We believe that it is consistent with good preparation for a forensic psychology career for residents to obtain experience in both of these types of settings. In addition, we have one rotation providing risk assessments of mentally ill individuals with problematic sexual behaviors, in a community setting. 

We have three positions available which includes work in inpatient settings, court clinics, and community settings. The inpatient settings include Department of Mental Health state hospitals. Each resident is also assigned to a court clinic for a rotation. In addition to court-ordered evaluations, there are opportunities to provide violence risk assessment consultations to hospitals and community providers as well as assessments of individuals with sexually problematic behaviors. Additional rotations, dependent on the interest of residents, may also be available.

Forensic Experience Training Sites

We collaborate with several public sector forensic evaluation services and teams throughout Massachusetts to provide the above training experiences. The following are brief descriptions of those sites.