In line with Lord Woolfs recommendations in relation
to expert witnesses, I am an applied Chartered Psychologist
working in a busy Forensic Setting. My career to date
has involved working with a range of different client
groups; adult, young, and juvenile offenders, both male
& female. I hold a MSc degree in Forensic Psychology
and a Diploma in Womens Studies
I have extensive experience in conducting psychological
risk assessments with offenders; this has included those
placed in prison, hospital and the community. I assess
the risk of clients presenting with a range of difficulties
including personality disorder, psychopathy, substance
misuse and cognitive deficits.
All assessments are conducted using the most up to
date tools and psychological methods.
I have a particular speciality in risk assessing sexual
offenders, substance misuse and violent offenders, including,
emotional, physical and sexual aggression. I also risk
assess clients presenting with other offence backgrounds
such as arson and acquisitive offending. I write and
supervise Psychological reports on clients serving mandatory
and discretionary life sentences in addition to those
on remand and serving determinate sentences.
I have wide-ranging experience of conducting treatment
with offenders. I have conducted and supervised treatment
of over 500 sexual offenders and clients presenting
with aggression-management problems.
The treatment is cognitive-behavioural in approach
and incorporates motivational interviewing to try and
reduce the level of denial and offence related distortions
used to justify behaviour.
I am trained in the most effective methods of treatment
for these client groups. I am accredited as a therapist
for the Sex Offender Treatment and the Enhanced Thinking
Skills Programmes by HM Prison Service.
I am responsible for the identification, treatment
and management of high-risk offenders received into
prison. I liaise closely with the Multi Disciplinary
Public Protection Panels advising on static and dynamic
risk factors. I make recommendations relating to risk
reduction and outstanding treatment needs based on risk
I provide training to professionals from a range of
different disciplines including teaching magistrates,
the police and prison personnel about forensic risk
assessment and risk reduction management. I manage a
Psychology department of 30 professionals. I train and
supervise them in risk assessment, treatment management,
risk reduction and psychological report writing. I am
a negotiator advisor and trainer.
I am also a national trainer for the RM2000 Risk Assessment,
which predicts sexual and violent reconviction in the
sexual offending population.