The Center for Forensic Psychiatry (CFP) was established by the State of Michigan in 1967. The Center, with the sponsorship of the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Psychiatry offers a one year forensic residency fully accredited by ACGME and ACFFP. The curriculum offers advanced training in a broad array of forensic civil and criminal issues. CFP on site faculty includes 11 certified forensic psychiatrists, 6 child forensic psychiatrists, 22 PhD level psychologists, and is augmented by certified forensic psychiatrists at correctional placements and in the community.
The program is based at CFP, a 220 bed inpatient forensic facility. CFP also maintains a separate evaluation service conducting 3000 forensic evaluations annually. Additional sites include the University of Michigan Medical School, the University of Michigan Law School, and correctional facilities staffed by the Bureau of Forensic Mental Health Services.
Residents are closely supervised in all aspects of training. Residents participate in forensic evaluations, inpatient management of special forensic populations, and delivery of correctional mental health services. In addition, residents participate in civil forensic cases in the community and audit courses at the Law School. The didactic curriculum offers seminars on landmark cases, civil and criminal forensic topics, and features frequent outside speakers. Opportunities for court testimony are encouraged and closely supervised with special emphasis on report preparation and the role of the forensic expert. Residents will participate in activities related to public policy and regulation of psychiatry. A scholarly project is expected from all residents.
Benefits include support for professional meetings, use of extensive library facilities at CFP and the University of Michigan Medical School, and life in a diverse and cosmopolitan community.