Formerly the African Special Interest Group, this group has been expanded to include all emerging forensic systems to allow mental health practitioners to exchange ideas on how to develop and sustain forensic mental health services in different parts of the world where such may still be in a nascent stage. Many countries lack secure mental health treatment facilities and where they exist, these services are largely rudimentary. Coupled with this, are the apparent lack of structured training in forensic mental health and the attendant shortage of skilled manpower in the subspecialty.
It is the hope of the interest group that a robust multidisciplinary approach to research, training and service development in the area of forensic mental health will evolve from the various opportunities of interaction that the group will provide.
To create a platform for research, training, support and information sharing geared towards the development of forensic mental health services through partnership and collaboration within an international network of forensic mental health specialists.
The Emerging Forensic Systems Interest Group is open to any member of IAFMHS. There is no additional membership fee. Group members will include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and administrators who have interest in forensic mental health services in Africa. Legal practitioners, correctional officers and other government officials who interface with mentally ill offenders will also find the group of immense benefit.
How to achieve these goals
If you are interested in joining our group please contact Dr. Adegboyega Ogunwale by e-mail ( firstname.lastname@example.org).