Forensic Psychiatry

Forensic Psychiatry is a subspecialty of Psychiatry accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The University of Toronto has a one-year PGY-6 Training Program in Forensic Psychiatry. The Program provides an immersion in all aspects of Forensic Psychiatry. Residents will be trained in assessments of individuals involved in the legal systems, and consultations on behalf of third parties, through to specialized psychiatric treatment (risk management and recovery) required by those involved in jails, prisons and specialized forensic psychiatric hospitals. Residents will gain expertise in report writing and in providing expert testimony. They will have opportunities to be involved in research in forensic mental health and they will have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of forensic subpopulations including youth, and individuals in high secure, correctional and community settings.

The curriculum will include 2 to 3 days a week of Core Training, 1.5 to 2.5 days a week of Selectives, involving a total of 4.5 days a week over the year. Core Training will be divided between Forensic Psychiatry Assessments (fitness to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and violence risk) and Longitudinal Care of individuals under the jurisdiction of the Criminal Code Review Board. Selectives will include two or more of: Correctional Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry, Civil Psychiatry, Sexual Behaviour Assessment and Treatment, Complex Violence and Sexual Violence Risk Assessments, and Research in Forensic Psychiatry. Weekly Academic Half-Days, including seminars, mock trials, journal club and case discussions, will complete the 5-day week. There will be opportunities for training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and other sites in Toronto, at Ontario Shores Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, and at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene. There will be further potential opportunities in rural settings including areas such as Kenora, Nunavut, Peterborough and Kingston.

For further information about the subspecialty training in Forensic Psychiatry, please contact Dr. Lisa Ramshaw, Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Program Director, l.ramshaw@camh.ca.

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