Law and Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Supervision During Your Fellowship

Fellows are assigned several individual supervisors to help work through forensic cases over the course of the year. At any given time, each fellow has the following supervisors:

  • Two caseload supervisors, responsible for meeting weekly to discuss ongoing forensic evaluations
  • One psychotherapy supervisor, responsible for meeting weekly to discuss the fellow’s two therapy cases
  • A “testimony resource” faculty member who can accompany the fellow to court and provide feedback about performance during testimony

Each fellow will also meet individually with Dr. Zonana for supervision for three months out of the year. Additional supervisors are always available and can be assigned as necessary.

Faculty members routinely accompany fellows on evaluations, particularly at the beginning of the year. As the trainees become more experienced, they work more independently, although the faculty supervisors continue to monitor their work. All fellows’ reports are reviewed and revised by faculty supervisors before completion.

In the last half of the training year, forensic trainees who have demonstrated mastery in the evaluation and formulations of cases are provided the opportunity to supervise some work of beginning trainees (who participate in competency to stand trial or other cases) and to make contributions to the training seminars. In the latter context, the fellows are asked to review and present discussions of didactic material to the group.