Introduction to the management of cognitive impairment and executive functioning: application to a forensic population

This workshop would be of benefit to any professionals who work in a forensic setting (e.g. psychologists, probation officers, nurses, prison officers). It focuses on the practical application of techniques that will aid productive and effective work with clients presenting with cognitive impairments and/or brain injury.

Provisional timetable
09:30 Registration/tea and coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch) – text in brackets is optional
16:30 Workshop ends


There is emerging evidence that the prevalence of cognitive impairment in offenders, as identified by direct behavioural observation, the WAIS III, and other neuropsychological assessments, may be greater than initially thought. Increased knowledge of the best way to work with such individuals is vital to maximise their learning and development so that realistic treatment targets can be made. Such impairments need only be subtle to allow for disruptions during therapy, and can even be found in those clients who present with a high/average full scale IQ. This training allows for professionals working with such clients to develop their knowledge base of cognitive impairment and executive functioning, and to practically apply this knowledge to their work.

This would include:

  • Causes of cognitive impairment and the role of the frontal lobe
  • Frontal Lobe deficits following impairment
  • Working memory impairment and the positive/negative factors that influence it
  • An introduction to cognitive therapy and its application to cognitive impairment
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation as a therapy approach
  • The necessity for antecedent control

Such techniques would be applicable to interventions such as (but not restricted to):

  • Sex Offender Therapy (such as HM Prison Service Adapted and Core Programmes)
  • Cognitive skills interventions
  • Any individual or group intervention work
  • Aggression/violence reduction

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To understand the complexity of cognitive impairment and executive functioning;
  • To develop practical skills to engage with individuals who have impairments; to maximise their sense of self, self-worth and to maximise the potential for successful engagement;
  • To ensure that clients are not potentially ‘set up to fail’ by unrealistic expectations.

Facilitator: Dr Carol Ireland CPsychol AFBPsS

Dr Ireland regularly delivers training as part of her role as Course Director for the MSc Forensic Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, previous Treatment lead for group sex offender therapies and lead for crisis negotiation at Ashworth Hospital, Sex Assessment Lead for CCATS (an organisation working with young people with sexually harmful behaviour) and as part of Bowland Psychological Services. She also delivers training for the International Organisation for Forensic Practitioners (TIOFP). Training delivery includes Psychopathy, personality disorder, cognitive impairment, supervision skills, conflict management, aggression (sexual and violent), motivation, consultancy and training to train.

Booking information


  • Non-Society Member: £122.40 (£102 + VAT)
  • Society Member: £91.80 (£76.50 + VAT)
  • DFP Member: £61.20 (£51 + VAT)

How to book

Registration for this event will close at 17:00 on Tuesday 22 October 2013. 

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

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


The Portland by Thistle
3-5 Portland Street
Piccadilly Gardens
M1 6DP

Mon, 28/10/2013 (All day)
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Division of Forensic Psychology & BPS Learning Centre