The Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program is located at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, West 5th Campus. This is an active, multidisciplinary group, led by Dr. Yuri Alatishe, Program Director of the Forensic Subspecialty Residency Program. Members provide state-of-the-art training in forensic psychiatry at all levels of medical, psychiatric, and allied health professionals in a variety of clinical settings. The strength of the program is based upon the active participation of a broad range of faculty including: psychiatrists, psychologists, lawyers, and judges. The Division has been very successful in attracting trainees to its Fellowship Program and has consistently had fellows for the last decade. The newly accredited, Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency training offers a wide range of forensic settings and services, combined with a formal academic core component which meets the Royal College requirements.
In addition to experience with inpatients and outpatients, residents can participate in a number of forensic clinical opportunities including Fitness to Stand Trial Assessments, Review Boards, both Consent and Capacity and Ontario Review Boards, as well as Correctional Psychiatric Assessments. There are also opportunities to do Sexual Behaviours Assessments and Management, assess Dangerous Offenders/Long-Term Offenders, Violence Risk assessments, as well working at the Aggression and Impulsivity clinic. Further, there are opportunities for videoconferencing with video clinics to assess patients in correctional facilities as well as northern native communities in Ontario.
Residents are encouraged to participate in tribunals, criminal and civil courtroom cases and testify. The Forensic Subspecialty Program also has a long-established relationship with key stakeholders and has monthly meetings with senior representatives from the Attorney General’s office, the correction system, probation and parole and police services. This is designed to ensure coordination of services for this population. The group has been very successful in developing processes and programs that enhance quality of services for populations served by the Forensic Psychiatry faculty, staff and learners.
The Forensic Service has an active research group with a number of postgraduate and other students in the group with an array of ongoing research activities.
We believe we are very well-situated to offer premier training experiences in Forensic Psychiatry Subspecialty Residency Program.