How to Apply
Download the application and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org - including a letter of recommendation and resume by February 15 to be considered for the upcoming conference.
NOTE: Because of the evolving COVID-19 situation within the country and the many unknowns surrounding large gatherings, there is a possibility to transition the face-to-face Annual Conference to online formats with the understanding that there may be logistical inconveniences that may arise as a result, and so we thank you in advance for your patience. We are actively continuing to monitor guidance from the CDC and other state agencies so we can plan accordingly.
Douglas Taylor Smith, LCSW, was a dedicated leader and ardent advocate in the field of forensic mental health. For nearly 30 years he worked for the San Diego County Behavioral Health Department, serving as the Program Manager for the Conditional Release Program for most of those years.
Douglas was also a member of FMHAC since almost its inception over 40 years ago. He served on the Board of Directors as Secretary and as Treasurer. In acknowledgement of his contribution to the field, he was the proud recipient of the Christine M. West Award in 2011.
One of the many qualities Douglas is fondly remembered for is his passion for the field of forensic mental health and for FMHAC's role in advancing the field. He was always eager to warmly welcome early career professionals into the field, sharing with them what he had learned over the years and assisting them in networking at the annual FMHAC conference. Those he welcomed could go on to reach out to him anytime for advice as they navigated the challenges inherent in this work. He would always have a story, a wise euphemism from his childhood, or words of camaraderie that would make the burdens of doing this challenging work more bearable.
Although Douglas passed in March 2019, his passion for the field will live on in the Douglas Taylor Smith Scholarship. Each year, one early career professional will be selected as the recipient of the scholarship and will be awarded free tuition for the FMHAC conference.