The Specialist Course in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychology aims to offer specialized and practical training that allows students to:
- Draw up expert reports with skill, knowledge and responsibility, both in the public and private areas of their professional activity. The growing demand for such reports is due to the continuing proximity of the relationship between the fields of Law and Mental Health, which explains the fact that these reports are becoming part of the daily clinical activity of Psychologists, Psychiatrists and, of course, Forensic Doctors.
- Know and understand the legal implications of making complex decisions within our usual practice (for example, in matters of professional responsibility, coping with demands, involuntary income, disabilities, decisions of an urgent nature, professional confidentiality and its exceptions, and a multitude of issues described further on in the course program).
The collaboration between the IPSM Postgraduate Institute for Mental Health (a teaching institution aimed at Postgraduate Mental Health Training for several disciplines such as Psychology, Psychiatry, Nursing, Education, Social Work and even Work in Community Awareness for families of psychiatric patients and the general population in matters related to mental health) and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas is worth highlighting here, The synergy of both institutions is a guarantee of excellence, as well as extensive experience in teaching and practical themes such as in mental health issues, with a marked innovative and inclusive nature of all of the disciplines related to it.
This Specialist Course consists of ten subjects, organized with a similar learning scheme throughout, and a Final Postgraduate Project / Paper.
The first part of each course focuses on theoretical learning in the subject, essential to be able to internalize a work schema for each legal area (Civil, Criminal, Labor, etc ...), which is taught by different Professors specialized in each area.
Additional bibliography will also be offered, to compliment the class material, as well as articles for compulsory reading by students at home, which is then to be analyzed in the classroom.
The second part will focus on the following learning areas:
1. Application of theoretical knowledge to practice with common issues in clinical practice (how cases come to be heard, conversations with the lawyer if necessary, analysis of the context of the referral, procedures to follow).
2. Reading of expert reports contributed by the faculty, related to each subject.
3. Viewing of interventions in trials related to the corresponding subject and their analysis.
4. Drawing up of expert report by students (in groups and individually), with subsequent correction.
5. Bibliographic sessions. "Ad hoc" readings.
6. Viewing of documentaries or interviews related to the subject.
7. Practical activities in the form of discussions, simulations or role-playing in order to defend the expert report in a professional hearing.