Forensic Psychology Track

Interns in the Forensic Psychology Track have the opportunity to pursue a dual focus in both clinical psychology and specialized training in forensic psychology. The program combines the resources of Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center on Wards Island and Bellevue Hospital Center to offer training in both acute and long-term care with forensic patients who are at various stages of involvement with the legal system. Interns completing the Forensic Track acquire greater knowledge of and sensitivity to the needs of forensic patients, also gaining experience in managing the many legal, clinical and organizational issues that affect these individuals.

Interns in this track complete three, four-month rotations with two rotations on the Inpatient Forensic Psychiatry Service at Bellevue Hospital Center, one of which will focus on treatment, and a second, on assessment and will include half a day at the Bronx County Court. Interns can request their preference for their third rotation among any of the other possible rotations offered.

Each intern carries a diverse outpatient psychotherapy caseload, representing a spectrum of demographic and cultural backgrounds, clinical presentations and treatment needs. Interns will conduct individual therapy throughout the year with patients at Bellevue Hospital Center. Interns will treat a minimum of 3 outpatient adult patients, as well as one child or adolescent patient and one family or co-lead an adult group with a staff clinician Interns are assigned individual supervisors for each rotation experience, each outpatient psychotherapy case, and each psychological assessment case.

Interns in this track also spend two days each week throughout the entire year at the Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center. Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center is a 164-bed maximum-security hospital located on Wards Island that provides intermediate and long-term evaluation and treatment of forensic patients. Most patients at Kirby have been deemed unfit to proceed with trial or not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. While at Kirby, interns conduct individual and group psychotherapy, as well as a weekly fitness-to-stand-trial group. Interns are also involved in numerous forms of forensic evaluations, including evaluations of competency to stand trial, violence risk assessments and evaluations of dangerousness. In addition, interns at both forensic rotation sites are active members of a multidisciplinary treatment team.