Forensic Subspecialty Program Application Process


    Acute Assessment and Treatment Unit
    Under supervision, residents gain expertise in court ordered assessments of fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility and report writing (including complex or high profile cases). They are involved in the management and treatment of remanded patients with the multidisciplinary team. Residents also provide court testimonies if the opportunity arises.

    Forensic Rehabilitation Units
    Along with the multidisciplinary team, residents develop recovery-based rehabilitation and risk management plans for patients found unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible (NCR). Residents write reports for the Alberta Review Board (ARB), which include a formal risk assessment, and provide testimonies at ARB hearings. In addition, residents are invited to participate in a CBT therapeutic group for high-risk patients.

    Forensic Assessment and Community Services (FACS)
    On an outpatient basis, residents continue to complete court-ordered assessments, including pre-sentence assessments. They develop treatment and risk management for select NCR outpatients. Residents are also involved in assessment and treatment of individuals participating in sexual behavior disorder programs and domestic violence program. Attendance of Edmonton Mental Health Court gives residents excellent opportunities to conduct real time assessments and give brief court testimonies.

    Young Offender Programs
    Our program offers a truly unique exposure to young offenders. On the inpatient unit (Turningpoint Program), residents complete presentence assessments (Section 34 of the Criminal Code) and the Intensive Rehabilitative Custody Supervision (IRCS) assessments. Resident treat incarcerated youth certified under the Mental Health Act and may report on unfit or NCR youths during ARB hearings. Residents 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.


    The Edmonton Remand Centre provides our residents with more opportunity to be involved in court ordered assessments, including high risk offender assessments. In our provincial and federal correctional facilities trainees become familiar with the running of clinics and the uniqueness of the correctional environment.


    Any core training experience may be continued as an elective rotation. Other electives include:

  • 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


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




  • Must pass OR 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
  • Letter of Intent
  • Current CV
  • Three letters of reference, submitted by referees to Program Director, Dr. Lenka Zedkova
  • 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 is November 7, 2019.