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.
Develop a working knowledge of the principles and practice of legal
dispute resolution in the United States.
Understand the legal standards and concepts governing civil and criminal
forensic psychiatric evaluations.
Learn the principles and current trends in the
legal regulation of psychiatric practice; e.g. civil commitment,
confidentiality, liability, duty to third parties, physician/patient
relationships, ethics, right to refuse treatment and informed consent.
Become familiar with the special issues involved
with mental health treatment in jail, prisons, maximum-security
treatment centers and public sector administration.
Develop a knowledge base in special areas of
psychiatry relevant to forensic evaluation, such as malingering,
hypnosis, neuropsychiatric disorders, dissociative disorders, sexual
disorders, substance abuse, parental capacity, and others.
Understand the ethical issues surrounding psychiatric participation in
the legal system.
Develop expertise in conducting criminal and civil
forensic psychiatric evaluations.
Develop expertise in communication with courts and
attorneys, preparing forensic reports, and testifying as an expert
Develop expertise in teaching and consulting on
forensic issues to general psychiatrists and other mental health
Develop skills in working with criminal justice
populations with mental disorders.
Develop skills in consulting to governmental bodies
regarding public policy concerning psychiatric disorders and the law.
Develop skills in conducting scholarly research,
either empirical or involving review of the legal and/or psychiatric
Demonstrate attitudes that promote honesty,
objectivity, and respect for persons in the practice of forensic
Demonstrate professionalism in working with mental
health workers, courts, attorneys, and public agencies.
Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of
professional knowledge in forensic psychiatry.
Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong, self-directed
leaning in forensic psychiatry.
Develop an appreciation for the limits of their own
and their professionís knowledge and skills, a toleration of
uncertainty, and a readiness to seek appropriate consultation and
Arkansas State Hospital
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.
Participate in the education of general psychiatry residents and
other mental health professionals and students.
Provide consultation to administration and staff of Arkansas State
Hospital on medico-legal issues.
Arkansas Department of Corrections
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.
Develop expertise in the psychiatric treatment of correctional
Develop an understanding of the role of correctional mental health
care in the mental health-criminal justice process.
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.
Develop expertise in conducting court-appointed forensic psychiatric
Develop expertise in conducting evaluations for the civil bar.
4301 W. Markham, Slot 554, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
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