The International American University (IAU) College of Medicine in partnership with the Saint Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre (SLMWC) will have a seminar on mental illness and criminal behaviour Monday.
The seminar will run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the St Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre Auditorium, Millennium Highway, Castries.
The presenter will be Dr. Timothy Allen, an associate professor and director of forensic services in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky. He is also a staff psychiatrist at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Centre, where he performs competency and criminal responsibility evaluations for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, USA.
The objectives of the seminar are:
to provide knowledge to health professionals and other stakeholders to understand the linkages between mental illness and criminal behaviour.
to develop collaborations with health professionals currently working in clinical medicine, nursing and public health by engaging in a participatory learning environment
Forensic psychiatry is a sub specialty of psychiatry and is related to criminology. It encompasses the interface between the law and psychiatry. Many of the mentally ill interface with the criminal justice system as either alleged perpetrators or victims of crime.
The SLMWC, as the national psychiatric facility of the country, has been charged with responsibility of evaluating/assessing individual patients’ competency to stand trial and provide sentencing recommendations when necessary in order to facilitate the adjudicative process.