Community and public safety psychiatry

Progressive Professionals Program

Workplace Evaluation and Intervention Services

The Medical University of South Carolina’s Progressive Professionals Program (PPP) is located within the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Forensic Psychiatry Program. The PPP provides evaluation, treatment, and oversight for licensed and certified professionals working in the health care, legal and transportation fields. The PPP is a comprehensive evaluation, intervention and monitoring service for professionals referred for problematic workplace conduct. The PPP conducts comprehensive Fitness-for-Duty evaluations to provide expertise on the extent, nature and severity of the presenting issue as well as offers recommendations for intervention, treatment, and compliance monitoring. Specifically, services are available for assessing employment competency, professional sexual misconduct, substance abuse and dependence, verbal and physical aggression, and cognitive impairment. Individual, group and pharmacological treatment modalities can be made available on a case-by-case basis for those in need of psychological and/or somatic interventions. For situations requiring the monitoring of a professional, practice training of the professional’s staff and colleagues and use of an unobtrusive, but effective, inquiry system are employed. Evaluations are conducted at a site removed from the main campus of the Medical University of South Carolina to facilitate the privacy of the professionals receiving services.

The PPP conducts evaluations for health care, the legal system and transportation professionals with experience serving state medical and other health care professional licensing boards, hospital systems, physician residency programs, graduate medical students, the federal government, an aircraft production corporation, law enforcement agencies, and private corporations. 

The Progressive Professionals Program has available experts in a variety of areas to address the specific needs of a given service referral request. Our clinical team consists of a multidisciplinary array of specialists including physicians, psychologists, a licensed professional counselor, and social workers. Team members include experts with board certifications in Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Neurology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, General (Adult) Psychiatry, Clinical Sexology and Forensic Psychology.  We also have a neurocognitive psychologist, polygraph examiner and former sworn law enforcement professional on staff to provide evaluation services for indicated cases. 

The PPP includes clinicians with national and international recognition through awards and national organizational roles, members with peer-reviewed scientific journal and book publications, and members conducting research with private, state and federal grant funding in their respective areas of  expertise.

Overview of the PPP’s Referral Issues and Services

 Services are Available For:

  • Health Care Field: Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Nurses, Paramedics, other Allied Health Care Providers and trainees in each of these areas
  • Legal Community: Attorneys, Paralegals, Clerks, Sworn Police Officers, Crime Scene Investigators, Community Service Officers, Dispatchers, and Forensic Laboratory Personnel
  • Transportation Industry: Aeronautical and Maritime Personnel
  • Please contact us to review with you our expertise to assist with a profession not listed

Problematic Workplace Conduct Includes:

  • Excessive Tardiness, Excess Absences, or Poor Accessibility
  • Erratic or Irrational Behavior, Exercising Poor Judgment/Cooperation, Defiance
  • Anger Outbursts, Verbal Abuse, Intimidation or Harassment of Co-workers
  • Inappropriate Patient or Client Interactions or Adverse Patient or Client Events
  • Sexual Misconduct with Co-workers, Patients, Clients or other Boundary Violations

Referred Professionals May Have:

  • Personality Disorders, Major Mental Disorders, Cognitive Impairment
  • Substance Abuse or Dependence Issues
  • Interpersonal Skill Deficits, Anger Management Issues
  • Poor Stress Management Skills or Significant Life Stressors
  • Other identifiable and manageable conditions

Comprehensive Fitness for Duty Evaluation Services Can Include:

  • Complete Diagnostic Evaluation/ Psychological and/or Neurocognitive Testing
  • Complete Substance Abuse Evaluation with biomarkers
  • Neurological Evaluation
  •  Functional Analysis of Problematic Conduct
  •  360° Workplace Assessment Tool
  • Detailed sexual behavior evaluation including clinical, psychometric and physiological assessment methods with use of a certified sexual behaviors lab
  • Opinion Rendered on Fitness to Continue/Resume Professional Duties
  • Specific recommendations for Remediation or Intervention

Comprehensive Intervention Program Services Can Include:

  • Personalized Feedback with Motivational Interviewing
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Outpatient and Inpatient Treatment
  • Substance Use Disorders Treatment
  • Pharmacological Treatment

Monitoring and Continuing Care Services Can Include:

  • Monitoring at regular intervals with 360° Workplace Assessments
  • PPP Staff Can Serve as Liaisons between Treatment Providers with Progress Updates to the Referral Source

For Additional Information or to Request Services, please contact Alison Knight, Forensic Psychiatry Program Coordinator at (843) 792-1461 or via email at 



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