Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission (FPSC) offers a one-year clinical fellowship in forensic psychiatry co-administered with the University of British Columbia.
The fellowship prepares psychiatrists to work as experts in criminal and civil forensic mental health settings with rotations in adult, youth, and civil forensics.
The primary training sponsor for adult criminal forensics is FPSC, a multi-site provincial health organization that includes a 190-bed inpatient Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and regional clinics.
The fellowship provides training in all aspects of forensic psychiatry in inpatient, outpatient and correctional settings, including the assessment of competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility, civil liability, and risk for violence. Training includes the management of persons who have been found Unfit to stand trial or Not Criminally Responsible, sex offenders, and probationers.
Training in youth forensics is coordinated through Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services.
Training in civil forensics takes place in specialized clinics and under supervisors practicing in the private sector.
The fellowship program also includes exposure to correctional settings and opportunities for research, continuing medical education, tele-psychiatry, and some travel.
Faculty supervisors are specialized in forensic psychiatry and psychology.
* Level: Psychiatrists eligible for a license to practice medicine in B.C.
In addition to the salary, funding is also provided for attendance at the AAPL annual meeting and Board Review Course.