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The South Carolina Department of Mental Health/Division of Inpatient Services offers a unique opportunity for psychology fellows to develop both breadth and depth of knowledge and skill related to forensic psychological practice, particularly in the area of criminal forensic evaluation alongside the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. The American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) accepted the postdoctoral fellowship program for their Five-Year Experience Waiver as of July 2018.
The fellowship offers extensive evaluation, diagnostic, and forensic experience through performing a variety of forensic evaluations in our Forensic Evaluation Services Department, to include competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility/capacity to conform conduct, and Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) evaluations.
The fellowship also offers didactic and training experiences through a yearlong combination of practical experience coupled with educational (e.g., forensic readings) and training seminars (e.g., landmark cases) under the direct supervision of our training director, licensed forensic practitioners, and the forensic psychiatry fellows and training staff.
The South Carolina Department of Mental Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, ethnicity, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation.
It is preferred that prospective fellows have a Ph.D./Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and have completed an APA accredited internship. All degree requirements are to be completed by the start of the fellowship. Previous forensic experience is strongly preferred, though not required.
We are looking for incoming fellows who have the following:
- The ability to conduct productive interviews and mental status examinations
- The ability to administer, interpret, and score commonly used psychometric measures
- The ability to write succinct and relevant reports that effectively incorporate extensive data sets
- The ability to communicate findings to audiences with varying familiarity with psychological knowledge