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DFP Nations Conference 2022: Broadening our Horizons: innovations in Forensic Practice

25 February 2022 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Devolved Nation Branches of The Division of Forensic Psychology invite you to attend our one day conference Broadening our Horizons: innovations in Forensic Practice on 25 February 2022.

The management of risk in forensic populations remains a core professional skill in Forensic Psychology. 

This day is an opportunity to hear about innovations from renowned practitioners in our field in the area of risk assessment and management from research and case studies.

The day includes presentations from:

  • Professor Jane Ireland
  • Professor Karen Slade
  • Professor Theresa Gannon
  • Dr Carol Ireland
  • Professor Stephen Hart
  • Dr Caroline Logan
09:00 Welcome

Message from Northern Ireland

Sarah Ruston & Dr Carolyn Mitchell, Co-Chairs


Spotlight on aggression research and the application to forensic practice

Professor Jane Ireland, University of Central Lancashire


Dual Harm: The relevance to forensic practice of people displaying both 
harm to self and others

Professor Karen Slade, Nottingham Trent University

11:15 Break

Managing Clinical Risk: An updated guide to effective practice

Dr Caroline Logan, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


Message from Scotland

Michele Gilluley, Chair DFP Scotland

12:40 Lunch 

Is Paedophilia Biologically or Environmentally created? A Compositional Explanatory Theory of Paedophilia

Professor Theresa Gannon, University of Kent


Forensic clients: The role of psychological trauma and management through EMDR 

Dr Carol Ireland, University of Central Lancashire

15:20 Break

Beyond Validity: Diversity, Social Justice, and the Practice of Violence Risk Assessment

Professor Stephen Hart, Simon Frazer University, Canada


Message from Wales

Dr Cerys Miles, Chair DFP Wales

16:45 Closing Comments




Professor Jane L. Ireland, University of Central Lancashire: Spotlight on aggression research and the application to forensic practice

This talk will outline applications of aggression research to forensic practice, providing specific recommendations for improvement. It will account for seminal theory, which is often poorly utilised in forensic formulations, such as the Integrated Theory of Information Processing. It will further capture the importance of accounting for implicit processing as a specific advance in aggression research, motivation as a key aspect of formulation, a role for emotion beyond the traditional exploration of anger and the importance of accounting for the distinction between beliefs and thoughts. It will consider how these aspects may present in practice and argue for more theory and recognition of advances in aggression research in forensic practice. The importance of stimulating research and theory development in this area will be outlined.

Professor Jane L. Ireland, Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist, and Chartered Scientist.  Professor Ireland holds a Professorial Chair at the University of Central Lancashire and is Violence Treatment Lead within High Secure Services, Ashworth Hospital.  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 a member of the REF panel for Psychology and Psychiatry (2017, 2021).  She holds three visiting/honorary professorships at Abo Akademi University, Finland, Charles Sturt University, Australia, 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.  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.

Professor Karen Slade, Nottingham Trent University: Dual harm: The relevance to forensic practice of people displaying both harm to self and others 

This presentation will outline the current and emerging international research evidence regarding the characteristics, behavioural patterns and experience of those who dual harm, with a specific focus on people in prison.  The relevance of this research to current forensic and criminal justice practice will then be explored.

Prof Karen Slade is chartered and registered forensic psychologist and professor of applied forensic psychology at Nottingham Trent University. She has worked for over 20 years within forensic and prison environments as a forensic psychologist and expert in suicide prevention, self-harm management and the newly developing area of dual harm. She is currently on secondment with HMPPS as their Strategic Lead for deaths under probation supervision.  She brings both practitioner & researcher knowledge to strategy, policy, new interventions and practice developments in both community and prison settings. She has published over 30 research and practice papers in the areas of suicide, self-harm and mental health in offending populations and more recently in dual harm (harm to both self and others).

Dr Caroline Logan, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust: Managing Clinical Risk: An updated guide to effective practice

Managing Clinical Risk: A guide to effective practice, edited by Caroline Logan and Lorraine Johnstone was first published in 2013.  Much has changed in the intervening years in terms of our caseloads, both volume and complexity, the proliferation of multiagency working and partnerships, the prominence of consultation and formulation in our clinical practice, and the improvement of our general and specific communications about risk.  A second edition of this book has been commissioned and, in order to capture those developments, the new volume will take a case study approach.  Scholar practitioners in key areas of practice in forensic mental health and criminal justice services in the UK are preparing contributions describing how they would approach complex cases in terms of understanding and managing the evident risks, taking account the context in which risk will be assessed and managed, recommended approaches to information gathering and forensic clinical interviewing, the application of structured assessments and guidance, formulation and scenario planning, communicating risk relevant findings and risk management planning, and practice evaluation.  Further, contributors addressing case studies relating to violence, sexually harmful behaviour, intimate partner violence and stalking, group violence and violent extremism, situational violence and so on, are all invited to discuss how their methods would vary, if at all, if important variables were different from that in their case study, such as gender, age, ethnicity, clinical presentation and context.  The manuscript is still in preparation.  However, this presentation will highlight emerging trends in the better understanding and management of clinical risk in practice.

Caroline Logan is Lead Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist in Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.  She has worked as a researcher and as a clinician in forensic mental health, criminal justice and law enforcement services for 25 years.  Dr Logan has on-going clinical and research interests in the areas of 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 two books and over 50 articles on these subjects, and is currently working on a second edition of Managing Clinical Risk with Lorraine Johnstone and a handbook on violent extremism risk assessment and management with Paul Gill and Randy Borum. 

Professor Theresa Gannon, University of Kent: Is Paedophilia Biologically or Environmentally created? A Compositional Explanatory Theory of Paedophila

In the talk, I will critically evaluate pre-existing theories of paedophilia and tease out their strengths and weaknesses. I will then examine key definitions of paedophilia and assess the current evidence base regarding this concept. Using the Phenomena Detection Method of Theory Construction (PDM-TC; Ward & Clack, 2019), I provide a new way of conceptualising paedophilia in the form of the Compositional Explanatory Theory of Pedophilia (CEToP). In this talk, I will outline the main tenets of this new theory and highlight the potential application of the CEToP for research and practice with individuals experiencing paedophilia. 

Theresa A. Gannon, DPhil, CPsychol (Forensic) is Professor of Forensic Psychology and Director of the Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) at the University of Kent, UK. Theresa also works as a Practitioner Consultant Forensic Psychologist specializing in sexual offending and firesetting for the Forensic and Specialist Care Group, Kent and Medway Partnership Trust. 
Theresa has published over 150 chapters, articles, books, and other scholarly works in the areas of male and female-perpetrated offending. She is particularly interested in research relating to both the treatment needs and overall supervision of individuals who have sexually offended or set deliberate fires. This includes offense-related cognition and emotion, rehabilitation models (i.e., the Good Lives Model), offence-process models of offending behaviour, polygraph-assisted supervision and truth facilitation, and attitudes towards individuals who have offended. Theresa is lead editor of several books including Sexual Offending: Cognition, Emotion, and Motivation (Wiley-Blackwell) along with Tony Ward, Aggressive Offenders’ Cognition: Theory, Research, and Treatment (John Wiley) along with Tony Ward, Anthony Beech, and Dawn Fisher, and Female Sexual Offenders: Theory, Assessment, and Treatment (Wiley-Blackwell) along with Dr Franca Cortoni. Theresa is also co-editor of several books that examine offending behaviour.

Dr Carol Ireland, University of Central Lancashire: Forensic clients: The role of psychological trauma and management through EMDR 

This presentation will consider psychological trauma in an adult forensic population. This will include developmental trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and unresolved distress that falls short of diagnostic classification. This will consider the presentation of such trauma for an individual, including instances where it may present as functionally relevant to a client’s offence history; case examples will be used to illustrate. An effective approach to the resolution of trauma, namely Eye Movement Desensitisation Therapy (EMDR), will be discussed, and how this is utilised as an approach to manage/resolving continuing distress. 

Dr. Carol A. Ireland is a Chartered Psychologist, Consultant Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is also a registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council. Dr. Ireland works at CCATS, where she leads on assessment, intervention, research and consultancy. She has worked with individuals across the life span, addressing a wide range of forensic issues and trauma for over 25 years, and is an Accredited EMDR (trauma) Therapist. This has included both the assessment of and intervention with such clients. She is also Senior Research Lead at the Ashworth Research Centre, Ashworth Hospital, as well as working at the University of Central Lancashire, where she is the Director of Studies for the MSc in Forensic Psychology, a Reader in Aggression, and where she supervises various PhD Doctoral students. Dr. Ireland has published extensively in the area of forensic psychology, and has over 80 publications, including journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Ireland was past Chair and past Vice-Chair of the British Psychological Societies Division of Forensic Psychology. 

Professor Stephen Hart, Simon Fraser University, Canada: Beyond Validity: Diversity, Social Justice, and the Practice of Violence Risk Assessment

How should we assess violence risk? For the past 25 years, research on violence risk assessment has attempted to answer this question by focusing largely on the psychological concept of validity. One avenue of research sought to identify the individual risk factors that best discriminate people who have a history of violence from those who do not. The second avenue sought to evaluate and compare multi-factor assessment procedures to determine which of them maximize the accuracy of predictions concerning who will be violent and who will not. Both avenues relied on empirical research methods, and their research findings were interpreted within a pragmatic framework. In this presentation, I will discuss my concerns that, with some notable exceptions, the field of psychology and law has paid scant attention to legal issues related to violence risk assessment—and, as a consequence, those of us working in the field are failing to adequately recognize and protect the fundamental legal rights of the people we evaluate. I will illustrate these concerns by discussing some experiences dealing with serious legal challenges to violence risk assessment in recent years. I will conclude by considering some ways forward, ways to ensure that we promote justice rather than injustice in the course of our work.

Dr. Hart is a Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, a Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Bergen in Norway, and a Threat Assessment Specialist at Protect International Risk and Safety Services. The focus of his work is the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical-forensic decision support aids for the assessment and management of violence risk and of mental disorders associated with violence risk, including psychopathic personality disorder. He is co-author of more than 250 publications, including practice manuals and guidelines that have been translated into more than two dozen languages, and he has led more than 500 training workshops around the world.

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£20.00 Student (Limited to 100 Places)
£20.00 DFP Members (Limited to 100 Places)
£40.00 BPS Members
£60.00 Non-members

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