The program offers clinical experience, a variety of interdisciplinary training seminars, and research experience in the areas of criminal, civil, administrative, and correctional psychiatry. Clinical training takes place at 4 primary sites: The University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy (ILPPP) Outpatient Forensic Clinic; the Western State Hospital inpatient forensic unit; the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center Forensic consultation service; and the Albemarle County Jail. Residents learn about legal regulation of psychiatric practice at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy, which provides specialized training programs and consultation to the state in the area of mental health law. Extensive supervision is provided in report preparation and expert testimony.
Residents attend a week-long course on how to perform basic criminal forensic assessments and also more advanced one to three day training programs on risk assessment for violence, capital sentencing evaluations, sexual offender evaluations, and forensic assessment of juveniles. Residents also audit courses at the University of Virginia School of Law, including Criminal Law and Psychiatry, Mental Health Law, Torts and Criminal Law. Finally, residents engage in a supervised, empirical research project and participate in the ILPPP research colloquium.