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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

This fellowship provides forensic training across inpatient, court  and community settings. We believe that it is consistent with good preparation for a forensic psychology career for residents to obtain experience in multiple settings. Court clinics consist of forensic psychologists and social workers who provide on-site rapid forensic evaluations and consultation to the courts. Fellows will particiapte in a court-clinic rotation. Our community setting involves a one-day per week (for 3 to 6 months) optional rotation providing comprehensive risk assessments of mentally ill individuals with problematic sexual behaviors, should a supervisor be available. 

Finally, the inpatient settings include Department of Mental Health state hospitals and Bridgewater State Hospital, which is a maximum security all-male forensic hospital run by the Department of Corrections and Wellpath. In addition to court-ordered evaluations, there are opportunities to provide violence risk assessment consultations to hospitals and community providers. Additional rotations, dependant on the interest of residents, may also be available.


Inpatient Track Fellows: Three fellows will be selected for this track which involves fellows completing the first 6-months of the fellowship at Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH), a state hospital where they will conduct inpatient evaluations. The second half of the year, two of the three fellows (based on level of interest) will complete a rotation at Bridgewater State Hospital, a maximum-security forensic hospital for males. The third fellow will continue at WRCH. The three fellows in this track will also complete a six-month one-day-per-week rotation at an adult court clinic (described below). 

Court Clinic Track Fellow: One fellow will be selected for this track which is funded by a separate DMH grant. The fellow will begin the year at the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH), a state hospital where they will conduct inpatient evaluations. The second half of the year, the fellow will spend four-days-per-week at an adult Massachusetts Trial Court clinic, where they will be immersed in conducting screening evaluations for the court system (see below for further details). This fellow will not have the option of participating in the Bridgewater State Hospital rotation (described below), as it also occurs during the second half of the year. 


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.