Forensic Psychiatrist - Riga Stradiņš University

Forensic Psychiatrist

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Syllabus of postgraduate 2nd level professional study programme “Residency in medicine”

Speciality: Forensic Psychiatrist

Code of speciality: A192

Credit score: 88 CP (132 ECTS)

Duration of programme: 88 weeks

Programme Director: Anita Apsīte, University teacher


Goal of the programme: to provide the theoretical knowledge, skills and competences according to the demands of the regulations of the speciality of Forensic Psychiatry, to prepare for the certification in the speciality of Forensic Psychiatrist according to the laws and regulations of the Republic of Latvia.

Eligibility: MD degree, speciality – psychiatrist (certificate in psychiatry).


Theoretical education is based on seminars. According to the study programme length a certain number of seminars are organized. Practical education in the form of study courses according to the programme.


Knowledge regarding prevalence, aetiology, pathogenesis, clinical symptoms, diagnostics and course of mental and behavioural disorders (according to ICD-10), treatment of psychiatric emergencies, pharmacological treatment, basic principles of psychological and psychotherapeutical treatment, prophylaxis of mental disorders, social rehabilitation of patients; organisation, functioning, ethical and legal principles of work of psychiatric services, sub division of competences between different health care providers in the planning and organisation of care for mentally ill.

Skills in diagnostic and treatment methods used in psychiatry, including taking subjective and objective case history, observation, assessment and description of patient’s conditions; psychological and psycho diagnostic assessment; neurological assessment in the amount necessary for psychiatrist; basic skills in narcological care and treatment; basic skills in psychotherapy, occupational and ergotherapy; skills in pharmacotherapy and work with medical devices and technologies used in psychiatry, psychological and psycho diagnostic tests and assessment methods in the amount necessary for psychiatrist.

Competencies to conceptualise, understand and apply the diagnostic skills to investigate, elicit, describe and define psychopathological and other clinical findings; in clinical decision making; to recognise personal limits of expertise; in communication, cooperation and collaborations; professionalism; in leadership/management, planning and organisation of care, ethical and legal questions, education and research, which could provide prophylaxis, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation of mental and behavioural disorders; in management and supervision of the multidisciplinary team, to supervise physician and medical support personal.


After each study course theoretical knowledge will be tested by multiple choice questions, theoretical questions and/or discussion of case reports. The Residency state exam at the end of the programme will consist of multiple choice questions, theoretical questions and discussion of case reports; graduation research work has to be completed and defended.

Study language: Latvian.

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