Education Programs

Forensic Subspecialty Program Application Process


Acute Assessment and Treatment
Under supervision, the resident will complete court ordered assessments of fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility, and will manage and treat remanded patients with the multidisciplinary team. The resident may be requested to attend court hearings for the assessed patients to provide expertise. In addition, the resident will participate in a therapeutic group for high-risk patients (Community Access Group) and attend a correctional psychiatry clinic.

Forensic Rehabilitation
On the forensic rehabilitation unit, with the treatment team the residents will provide treatment and establish rehabilitation and risk management plans for patients who were found unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible (NCR). The resident may be required to produce reports for the Alberta Review Board (ARB) and provide testimony at ARB hearings.

Forensic Assessment and Community Services (FACS)
On an outpatient basis, the resident will conduct assessments of fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility, as well as pre-sentence assessments. The resident will manage NCR outpatients whose ARB hearings occur during the course of this rotation, produce reports and provide testimony during ARB hearings. The resident will be involved in assessment and treatment of offenders participating in the spousal violence program and sexual offenders programs.

Turningpoint Program
On the young offender inpatient unit, the resident will complete presentence assessments (Section 34 of the Criminal Code), Intensive Rehabilitative Custody Supervision (IRCS) assessments, and assessments of fitness and criminal responsibility. The resident will treat incarcerated youth certified under the Mental Health Act and may report on unfit or NCR youths during ARB hearings. The resident will also have the opportunity to attend the outpatient Centerpoint Program, to access presentence assessments and treatment cases referred by the courts, probation, and community agencies.


Any core rotation may be continued as an elective. Other electives include:
Sexual Offenders Assessment and Treatment (FACS)
Spousal Violence Program (FACS)
Centerpoint Program
Civil Forensic Longitudinal Elective: These cases may come from insurance companies, child welfare, professional bodies, law enforcement, institutions, and/or corporations, depending on availability.
Forensic Research
Out of Program Electives


The resident is expected to participate in educational activities which include but are not limited to a weekly forensic seminar series, monthly forensic grand rounds and journal club and an annual mock trial.




  • Must be eligible to write the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
    examination in general psychiatry
  • Must be eligible for an educational licence from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
    Application Package

To be considered for enrollment in the program in July 2020, please submit the following application package prior to September 9, 2019:

  • Completed Application Form - click here
  • A Letter of Intent
  • A current CV
  • Three letters of reference, submitted by referees to the Program Director, Dr. Lenka Zedkova
  • A letter of good standing from the Psychiatry Residency Program Director


Applications will be reviewed by the Forensic Psychiatry Residency Program Committee and eligible candidates will be invited for interviews in October 2019.

The program director will inform applicants of the results of the selection process on November 1, 2019.

The deadline for accepting an offer of a position to the residency program is November 7, 2019.