IAFMHS Special Interest Groups were formed to provide a specialized forum for mental health professionals within the association. Special Interest Groups meet at the annual conference and may distribute other communications throughout the year. Admission is open to all current IAFMHS members.

Emerging Forensic Systems | 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  

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Group | special interest group committed to fostering equity and diversity in our organization and in forensic mental health and intellectual disability services

Forensic Mental Health Nurses | special interest group for nurse practitioners, nurse managers/administrators/directors, and researchers working in forensic mental health settings

Long-Term Forensic Psychiatric Care | special interest group where issues and best practices regarding long-term forensic psychiatric care can be discussed and shared

Mental Health Courts and Diversion Programs | special interest group interested in better addressing the problems associated with mentally ill individuals entering the criminal justice system

Offenders with Intellectual Disability | special interest group for psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, and other specialists involved in the treatment of offenders with intellectual disability

RISC – Team | special interest group for all practitioners and researchers working in the area of clinical risk assessment and management

Service Development, Organization, Strategy, and Delivery | special interest group for hospital administrators, directors and service managers in the forensic mental health field

Please visit each special interest group’s site page for more information and to learn how to become involved.  

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