Introduction to working with challenging forensic clients

There is emerging emphasis on exploring the function of challenging behaviours, through greater use of theoretical models, as well as through the use of practical management strategies. This training allows for professionals engaged in work with forensic clients to develop, or further develop, their knowledge base in this area, and to practically apply this knowledge to their work. This would include:

  • The setting of appropriate and realistic goals when working with clients (e.g. Goal Setting Theory), and the impact of this on motivation and resistance
  • Increasing commitment to change and self-confidence in the client group (e.g. self-determination theory of motivation)
  • Assessing and determining the nature and function of resistance within a forensic client
  • Working with this resistance and enhancing motivation (e.g. suggestions for working with resistance, as well as explanations for clients difficulties in disclosing information)
  • Maximising the decision and ability to change
  • The role of the therapist when engaging with clients
  • The application of motivational approaches to report writing – enhancing collaboration and consequent opportunity for change
  • An introduction to some key motivational techniques and strategies, and its application to forensic clients

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

Any individual or group intervention work
Aggression/violence reduction
Day to day interactions with forensic clients


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a 30min break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends

A real practical delivery to the problem of working with problems of engagement” - 2011 delegate


This introductory workshop would be of benefit to any professionals who are involved in clinical and day to day work with forensic clients, both in secure services and community settings. This workshop will provide professionals with the enhanced knowledge base and practical application of techniques that will aid productive and effective work with this client group, as well as a greater understanding as to the function of such challenges. As such, it has applicability to most members of the BPS who have contact with forensic clients.

Learning outcomes and objectives 

  • To understand the complexity of challenging behaviour
  • To enhance understanding as to the function of challenging behaviour
  • To develop and/or enhance skills/strategies for dealing with challenges

Facilitator: Dr. Carol A. 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, Treatment lead for group sex offender therapies and lead for crisis negotiation at Ashworth Hospital, and as part of Bowland Psychological Services. Training delivery includes Psychopathy, personality disorder, cognitive impairment, conflict management, aggression (sexual and violent), motivation, consultancy and training to train.

Booking information


  • DFP members: £50 + VAT
  • Society members: £75 + VAT
  • Society non-members: £100 + VAT

How to book:

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

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 more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Mon, 18/06/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 2529925

Division of Forensic Psychology & BPS Learning Centre