DFP Conference 2024 - To Forensic Psychology and Beyond

01 March 20249:00am - 5:00pm
  • Legal, criminological and forensic
  • Research
From £24
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DFP - Northern Ireland


The Devolved Nation Branches of the Division of Forensic Psychology invite you to attend our one day virtual conference on 1st March 2024. The conference will comprise of a series of 6 Keynote Addresses. This conference is offering a one-stop shop covering research and practice and highlights new developments within the forensic arena.

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Welcome from the Organising Committee & Chair of DFP UK Nic Bowes


Anna Motz: ‘Thinking under Fire: therapeutic work with women in custody’


Dr Joseph Sakdalan: ‘The neurodivergent dilemma: A move towards a Neurodiversity Affirming Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Forensic Clients with Complex Presentations.’                      




Message from Northern Ireland


Dr Caroline Logan: ‘Risk and Case Formulation: Same but Different’




Message from Scotland


Ms Sarah Frith and Ms Kim Cox: ‘Psychological considerations when working with prisoners with gender diversity in forensic settings.’


Mr Iain Corbett: Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice: ‘The Power of Connection from a lived experience perspective’




Prof Jane Ireland: ‘Understanding and Assessing Personality Disorder: Developments accounting for the DSM-IV Alternative Model and ICD-11’


Message from Wales


Closing comments


The neurodivergent dilemma: A move towards a Neurodiversity-Affirming Approach to Assessment and Treatment of Forensic Clients with Complex Presentations

Dr Joseph Allan Sakdalan

BSc, MA (CounsPsych), MSc(ForPsych), MPH, MD, PhD (ClinPsych), PGDipNeuroPsych
Dr Sakdalan is a clinical psychologist, counselling psychologist, and clinical neuropsychologist in Australia and New Zealand with over 25 years of clinical experience conducting assessments and treating complex clients with mental health problems, complex trauma, neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive disorders, personality disorders, and offending behaviours in forensic mental health and disability settings. Dr Sakdalan is a Principal Psychologist for Court Reports at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare) and a Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor in Clinical Psychology at the Cairnmillar Institute in Victoria, Australia.

Dr Sakdalan has pioneered the adaptation of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for clients with intellectual disabilities, sexual and violent offenders, and neurodivergent clients. He has developed a suite of innovative offence-related and offence-specific treatment programs (e.g. sexual offending, family violence, general offending, treatment readiness, substance abuse, violent offending, etc.) implemented in forensic and correctional services locally and internationally. Dr Sakdalan has provided training on utilising a neurodiversity-affirming approach to assessing and treating autistic and ADHD clients with co-occurring and co-morbid conditions in community and forensic settings. He has presented at numerous international conferences and published peer-reviewed journal articles in his specialty areas.
Dr Sakdalan is passionate about teaching and mentoring psychologists and other mental health professionals to develop their skills in assessing and treating clients with complex presentations. He calls Australia home, loves travelling, and spends his spare time on their hobby farm.

Risk and Case Formulation: Same but Different

Caroline Logan

Caroline Logan is a Lead Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, England.  She has worked as a researcher and clinician in forensic mental health, criminal justice and law enforcement services for over 25 years.  Dr Logan has ongoing clinical and research interests in personality disorder (including psychopathy), risk, violent extremism, and forensic clinical interviewing, and she has a special interest in gender issues in the range of offending behaviour.  She has published five books and over 70 articles on these subjects, the last two of which were published in late 2023, Violent Extremism: A Handbook of Risk Assessment and Management, co-edited with Randy Borum and Paul Gill, and a second edition of Managing Clinical Risk: A Guide to Effective Practice, co-edited with Lorraine Johnstone. 

Thinking under fire: therapeutic work with women in custody

Anna Motz

Anna Motz is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who has worked in forensic settings for the NHS for 30 years, specialising in evaluation and psychotherapeutic work with criminalised women. Anna currently works for Central and North West London NHS Trust within HMP Bronzefield, providing specialist consultation, assessment and treatment for high-risk women within the EOS Service, in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Female Offenders, under the Ministry of Justice. She has extensive experience of the assessment and treatment of women within forensic services, and with the staff who care for them. She has expertise in organisational dynamics and the impact of this work on teams. Anna was formerly the President of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy and also works as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. She is a Mentalization Based Therapy Supervisor and supervises groups for people with antisocial personality disorder internationally. 

Understanding and Assessing Personality Disorder: Developments accounting for the DSM-5 Alternative Model and ICD-11

This talk will capture the core elements of personality disorder, before outlining developments in the area of assessment. It will capture the Alternative Model to Assessing Personality Disorder outlined in the DSM-5, along with the changes to ICD (i.e. ICD-11) and how these are incorporated. It will note the likely application of ICD-11 to forensic practice and the developments in this area that are in place and/or forthcoming. It will not teach attendees in the administration of personality disorder diagnoses, or train them to make such diagnoses, but rather provide background into developments and approaches, so attendees feel well-appraised.

Professor Jane L. Ireland

Professor Jane L. Ireland, Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist, and Chartered Scientist. Professor Ireland holds a Professorial Chair at the University of Central Lancashire. She is Violence Treatment Lead within High Secure Services, Ashworth Hospital and an EMDR Europe Accredited Clinical Supervisor/Consultant. She is elected academy fellow of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences, fellow of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA) and was a member of the REF panel for Psychology and Psychiatry (2017, 2021). She is Editor-in-Chief for Aggressive Behavior, She holds three visiting/honorary professorships at Åbo Akademi University (Finland), University of Technology (UTS: Sydney) and Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK). Professor Ireland is currently academic lead for the Ashworth Research Centre (ARC), an NHS centre for forensic clinical research, based within Mersey Care NHS Trust. She is involved directly in ICD-11 personality disorder research, including working with the team involved in defining ICD-11 and supporting their research efforts in forensic populations. Professor Ireland publishes widely in the area of forensic psychology, with in excess of 150 publications and several handbooks, with her more recent publications focusing on multi-study work in forensic areas, including trauma, personality disorder and aggression.

Psychological considerations when working with prisoners with gender diversity in forensic settings.

Sarah Frith

Sarah Frith is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist. She has worked within HM Prison and Probation Service for 10 years.  She has completed novel research exploring the decision to transition gender in custody, specifically with those with sexual convictions.  Her main responsibilities are assessments and interventions with people convicted of serious violent offences. Sarah is also responsible for championing and progressing Diversity and Inclusion in her region. 

Kim Cox

Kim Cox is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist. She has worked with people convicted of serious offences for 17 years within HMPPS. She currently treatment manages high intensity interventions with those who have sexual convictions. Kim also specialises in interventions to support the management of sexual interests linked to offending behaviour. Kim has extensive experience in working with gender minority individuals within custody. This has been within risk assessment and interventions. She offers consultation to peers and has developed training and policy for working with prisoners from gender minority populations. 

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