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As part of the provincial mental health services continuum, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services provides a diverse range of specialized, "one-of-a-kind" tertiary level mental health services to residents across all geographic areas in BC. These include Adult Forensic Psychiatric Services located at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital plus six regional clinics. In addition to direct services, BC Mental Health & Addiction Services acts as a support and resource to service providers across the province, and contributes to research and education.


BC Mental Health & Mental Health Substance Use Services is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include:  Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.

Forensic Psychologist

Regular Full-Time

Wage: $42.84 to $53.43 per hour

Forensic Psychiatric Clinics

Various Provincial Clinics - British Columbia


Under the general direction of the Director and consistent with the Ethics and Standards of the College of the Psychologists of BC, and Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission (FPSC), the Psychologist is responsible for carrying out psychological and/or neuropsychological assessments on persons ordered by the Court, certified under the Mental Health Act or found unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder under the Criminal Code of Canada. Provides testimony as an expert forensic witness in the Courts or the BC Review Board in support of court-ordered or court-related psychological assessments; may participate in research in relevant forensic issues; may provide direction to psychological assistants and supervision of clinical psychology interns or students; and participates on committees of the FPSC including committees on quality improvement and professional practice.




Education, Training and Experience

  • Graduate in a Doctorate level program in Clinical Forensic Psychology, or Doctoral level program in Clinical Psychology with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a forensic mental health context.
  • One (1) year direct clinical experience performing diagnostic assessment and treatment of adults in a Forensic Mental Health setting including risk assessment, cognitive behavioral therapy or other relevant assessment and treatment modalities.
  • Expertise in the use of risk assessment/risk management tools and the relationship to criminal behavior; establishing through education, training and experience recognition by the courts as an expert witness in forensic psychology.
  • Practicing clinical registration with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.

Skills and Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of psychology including risk assessment and risk management, developmental theories, family and social dynamics, treatment and behaviour management modalities and psychological testing and interpretation.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the justice system, complex legal issues and other forensic matters.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of relevant legislation.
  • Demonstrated specialized expertise in treatment approaches for violent offenders, sexual offenders, or other specialized forensic psychology issues, including the evaluation of the accused person’s response to treatment initiatives.
  • Broad knowledge of the service delivery system for offenders and their families at the local, regional and provincial level.
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive written assessments for the Courts and referral agencies.
  • Ability to testify in the court as an expert witness.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, develop/implement short-term and long-term objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team and to deal with others effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and carry out research.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clinical and professional supervision and to provide instruction and teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position. 

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Accepting applications until positions are filled.


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