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Working Psychologically with Extremism and Terror

26 November 2019 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
This event is free to society members only. Registration is required, see pricing tab for more information
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Registration deadline: 18 November

The BPS extremism working party was established in 2016 to collate and share the work psychologists have contributed to both policy and practice.

The BPS ethical guidelines for applied psychological practice in the field of extremism, violent extremism and terrorism were published in 2018 to help psychologists working in this challenging area.

Members of the working party will lead this full day CPD event which will take the form of part presentation and part workshop, allowing the opportunity to share knowledge and consider applications to practice.

The CPD day will include an overview of the learning from first-hand experience of ‘the Troubles’ in Northern Ireland.

The developmental trajectories and vulnerabilities (including social, economic and political aspects) for involvement will be explored along with a break out session for attendees to share experience and give consideration to these issues and the impact they may have on their current clinical work.    

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Coldra Court Hotel by Celtic Manor, 
Chepstow Road, 
NP18 2LX

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There has been much progress in both psychological assessment and interventions.  The team will present the development and validation of risk assessment tools, including what empirical studies are indicating are factors associated with this type of behaviour/offending.  This will also include desconstructing the contribution of criminality and mental health to the risk of terrorism.  There will also be an overview of psychologically informed interventions that have been used with people who have carried out extremist offences, including their goals and intended outcomes, features, methods, principles and challenges.   

The event will also include exploring examples of ethical challenges that have arisen for psychologists working in this field in order to allow for learning, discussion and reflections for practice.  There will be time to consider how the Power Threat Meaning framework has provided a helpful means for guiding work in this area.  


Monica Lloyd:  
Monica Lloyd worked with a small group of psychologists within NOMS HQ between 2008 and 2011 developing products for assessment and intervention with extremist offenders. She then moved into academia where she set up a Forensic Clinical Doctorate degree and continued to pursue her research interest in terrorism, providing consultancy to the Home Office and to the GCCS. She is an Associate of CREST and a member of the DFP Extremism working group.  

Christopher Dean:
Christopher Dean is a HCPC registered and BPS chartered psychologist (and associate fellow) with the BPS. He was a member and then head of, a specialist team in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation service who pioneered the development of innovative, evidence-based assessments and interventions to prevent terrorism, violent extremism and group-based violence - including the Extremism Risk Guidelines (ERG 22+) and the Healthy Identity Intervention (HII). In 2015, he established Identify Psychological Services (Ltd) specialising in applied psychological services to help prevent terrorism and violent extremism. As a senior fellow at the Global Center on Cooperative Security, he provides training and consultancy to government departments, agencies and correctional services around the world in this field. He continues to complete face-to-face assessments and interventions with those convicted of terrorist-related offences.

Dr Zainab Al-Attar
Zainab has been a psychologist for 20 years. She specialises in terrorism in both her practitioner and academic roles. She has published in the field and is a reviewer for numerous journals in the field. Zainab has written and contributed to guidelines for practitioners as part of European and international expert groups on extremism and supervises academic work and research in the field. 

Dr Jackie Bates-Gaston
Jackie Bates-Gaston was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ulster for 10 years before taking up the post of the Chief Psychologist  for the Northern Ireland Prison Service from 1991 to 2016. She was involved in developing services for all offenders and  in supporting prison  staff at various levels in coping with the management of those convicted of terrorist offences - most of whom refused to engage or consent to being risk assessed. She was a member of the Life Sentences Review Board which was a multi agency body that made decisions on risk and release. She conducted many internal research projects, has presented papers in the UK, Norway, Canada, Russia and China and has contributed to  several books on terrorism. Currently Jackie is a forensic psychologist member of the Parole Board for England and Wales

This is a free event for members of the British Psychological Society only.

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