Bias in Forensic Assessment

28 November 20239:30am - 4:30pmWales
  • Legal, criminological and forensic
From £36
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Thinking about and acting to address bias in forensic practice

Historically Forensic psychologists have often neglected issues around bias in their practice. This workshop will aim to encourage those attending to explore and think about bias, and what can be done to address it.  The ways in which racial and other kinds of bias are inevitably ‘baked into’ measures of offending such as conviction and reconviction will be highlighted. The implications of using these measures to validate risk assessments and evaluate interventions will be outlined. Attendees will look at ways of responding to this, acknowledging processes of privilege and bias in societal responses to crime.

Consideration will be given to the ways in which experiences of bias can impact on people in forensic settings. The cumulative impact of experiences of adversity and the need for a culturally informed approach to working with trauma of different kinds will be highlighted.

The psychological processes underlying stigmatisation of others, objectification and misuse of power (knowing and implicit) will be suggested as critical to both understanding bias and to understanding some kinds of offending.

Assessment of contexts as well as assessment of individuals will be explored.

Culture and diversity informed case formulation, consultation, supervision and reflective practice will be highlighted.

Psychologists’ responsibility to work at an individual and societal level to increase awareness and highlight social injustice will be explored.


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Lawrence Jones

Lawrence Jones is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. He is currently Head of Psychology at Rampton High Secure Hospital, Nottinghamshire Mental Health Trust and Honorary Associate (Clinical) Professor at the School of Medicine, Nottingham University, UK. He is a former Chair of the Division of Forensic Psychology. He has published extensively on a range of forensic issues including trauma informed care, offence paralleling behaviour, therapeutic communities, formulation, iatrogenic responses to intervention, outcome measurement and motivation. He has co-edited a book on ‘Challenging Bias in Forensic Psychological Assessment and Testing’. He teaches on doctorate courses for clinical and forensic psychology within the UK. 


The Lysaght Institute

Orb Dr


NP19 0RA


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