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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 an one-day per week (for half the year) optional rotation providing comprehensive risk assessments of mentally ill individuals with problematic sexual behaviors. 

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.

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.