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Ruby Bell and Helen Thomas honoured by our Division of Forensic Psychology

14 June 2017

The winners of our Division of Forensic Psychology’s two awards will be announced at its annual conference in Bristol today.

Ruby Bell, professional lead for forensic psychology and consultant clinical and forensic psychologist with Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, is to receive the 2017 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Practice in Forensic Psychology.

Ruby has a breadth of professional experience working with individuals across the lifespan. This has involved people in mental health, prison, secure and outpatient settings.

Clinically, she uses an integrative model of psychotherapy and offers specialist assessments and therapeutic interventions, working with a client group with complex needs and behaviours that are risky or challenging.

She has many years’ experience of providing teaching and training on a wide range of psychological issues at a number of universities.

The 2017 Junior Award in Forensic Psychology goes to Helen Thomas, a chartered forensic psychology with the Public Sector Prisons Psychology Service. She has over 12 years’ experience of working in prisons.

Her role has involved delivering and managing group offending behaviour programmes and undertaking structured risk assessments and individual interventions with a diverse range of offender populations.

She has a particular interest in working with women convicted to sexual offenders and has introduced the National Offender Management Service women’s sex offender framework at two establishments.


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