Program Goals

To familiarize residents with all aspects of forensic psychiatry, and to prepare them for forensic psychiatric practice, teaching, research, and system consultation.  These goals involve objectives in three areas: knowledge, skills, and attitudes.





Arkansas State Hospital

A.     Develop expertise in performing a wide range of forensic psychiatric evaluations on inpatients with a great variety of psychiatric disorders and medico-legal involvements.  These include evaluations which concern competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, suitability for conditional release, civil commitment, right to refuse treatment, violence risk assessment, guardianship, and others. 

B.     Participate in the education of general psychiatry residents and other mental health professionals and students.

C.    Provide consultation to administration and staff of Arkansas State Hospital on medico-legal issues.

Arkansas Department of Corrections

A.     Develop skills in the psychiatric evaluation of individuals in a correctional setting.  The evaluation process will include diagnosis, assessment of dangerousness to self or others, and assessment as to housing needs within the institution and other dispositional matters.

B.     Develop expertise in the psychiatric treatment of correctional populations.

C.    Develop an understanding of the role of correctional mental health care in the mental health-criminal justice process.

D.    Develop an understanding of the correctional institution as a social system influencing inmate behavior.

Department of Psychiatry, Adult Outpatient Clinic

      A. Develop expertise in performing a wide range of forensic psychiatric evaluations on outpatient basis.

B.     Develop expertise in conducting court-appointed forensic psychiatric evaluations.

C.     Develop expertise in conducting evaluations for the civil bar.