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Brain injury and violent crime: A forensic exploration into the relationship between the injured brain and violent crime

26 January 2018 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Individuals with brain injury are over represented in the prison population and there is a growing recognition of the presence brain injury amongst individuals with a history of offending behaviour.

But what is the relationship between the damaged brain and crime?

Are the reasons for violent offending among brain injured offenders different from that in non-brain injured offenders?  

Psychologists and neuropsychologists are often called upon to advise on issues of criminal responsibility, mitigation, sentencing and rehabilitation in offenders who also have a history of brain injury.

A robust understanding of the psychological and neuropsychological issues of violent offending behaviour will serve to better inform the clinician assisting the courts, prisons and clinical services in the delivery of the best input into the assessment and management of the offender with brain injury

This workshop will first provide participants with a theoretical understanding of violent aggression and sexual offending from the field of forensic psychology. This will then lead to a detailed exploration of the applicability of these models within a neuropsychological context as applied to the offender with brain injury.

The workshop will discuss issues relevant to clinical practice in this area.

Target audience 

The workshop will be of benefit to clinical psychologists, forensic psychologist and neuropsychologists who are involved in the assessment, management and care of offenders with a brain injury.

It will also be beneficial to clinicians involved in the care and rehabilitation of individuals living with brain injury.  

BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street

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Learning Outcomes 

  • To enable participants to learn about the models of violence and sexual offending from the forensic psychology literature.
  • To provide participants with an overview of neuropsychological models of offending behaviour
  • To enable participants to broaden the assessment and formulation of violent and sexual offending behaviour in brain injured individuals by integrating forensic models and neuropsychological models of offending behaviour.
  • To enable participants to go beyond neuropsychological factors in the conceptualization, management and intervention of the offender with brain injury.
  • To facilitate reflection on issues of  criminal responsibility, mitigation, sentencing and intervention
  • Participants will engage in a critical reflection of the issues discussed in the workshop in relation their own clinical practice.


It would be helpful if participants could reflect on cases that they have worked on and if they are willing to bring those to the discussion.


Ryan Aguiar CPsychol AFBPsS is a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist.  He is the Head of Psychology at Ashworth High Secure Hospital, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.   Mr Aguiar has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of offenders with neuropsychological impairments. Mr Aguiar regularly provides reports to the courts on matters involving brain injury and crime. Mr Aguiar is on the BPS working group on Neurodisability and Crime.

Professor Jane Ireland CPsychol CSci AFBPsS is a Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist.  Professor Ireland holds a Professorial Chair at the University of Central Lancashire and is Violence Treatment Lead within High Secure Services, Ashworth Hospital.  She is elected academy fellow of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences and fellow of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA).

Dr Carol Ireland CPsychol CSci AFBPsS is a Chartered Psychologist, Consultant Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. She has worked with individuals across the life span who have committed sexual offences, for over 20 years. This has included both the assessment of and intervention with such clients, as well as the writing of intervention packages. She also works at the University of Central Lancashire, where she is the Director of Studies for the MSc in Forensic Psychology. She currently works at the Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services (CCATS).


09:30 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends



Non-Members £240.00 (£200.00 +VAT)
Society Members £150.00 (£125.00 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close on 25 January 2018. Please call +44 (0)1952 214065 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice (a purchase order is required for invoices) please complete and return the 2018 Registration Form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.

For further information on booking please contact:

[email protected]
+ 44 (0)1952 214065

BPS Events - Bookings
PO Box 87


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