Forensic InService discusses the application of psychiatric, psychological, and social work evidence-based practice to matters of assessment and treatment, law, corrections, crime, and delinquency. We examine such concerns as the insanity defense, the high incarceration rate of individuals with mental illness, encounters with law enforcement, and the community management of sex offenders, as well as such macro concerns as the availability of treatment services, public perceptions of people with mental illness, and concerns related to social justice.
Forensic InService is a forum created to enhance professional growth and promote community building, in which professionals in mental health, substance abuse, community corrections, and advocacy groups are encouraged to share their expertise as podcast guests and through guest blog posts. We believe our focus on learning and bringing together professionals from varied fields, such as counselors and probation officers, sets us apart from other podcasts.
Given our considerable experience, we are able to authoritatively discuss the issues that define our professions, while fostering collaboration. Stephen Price, M.D. is a practicing psychiatrist in the Albany, NY area. He has over 30 years of experience in providing expert testimony, corrections, and general and forensic mental health practice. Stephen Koonz, M.A., M.S.W. has earned masters degrees in criminal justice and social welfare. He also has over 30 years experience in general and forensic mental health, sex offender evaluation and treatment, and academia.
In-service refers to informal training. In-services were once customary and routine on every psychiatric hospital ward. They were forums of community service that provided a place to give back. In-services were forums where professionals practicing in the field could share their expertise, interests, and experiences. Today, the informal in-service has given way to costly conferences, paid trainings, and the demand for CEU credits. We believe the need for community and the sharing of expertise, interests, and experiences are as relevant and important as they ever were. Forensic InService is about providing a forum in which this tradition will be preserved.
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