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Division of Forensic Psychology One day workshop - 'Working with Fire-setters’

Thursday 4th June 2015 at Glasgow Caledonian University

The Scottish committee for the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFPS) are pleased to be able to offer a number of places on a one-day workshop ‘Working with Fire-setters’ held by the DFPS at Glasgow Caledonian University.

The workshop will be made up of three parts which are all designed to give participants a comprehensive understanding of this challenging and developing psychological area.

1. Theoretical Explanations of Deliberate Firesetting
This part of the workshop will focus on providing an overview of theories (single factor and multi-factorial) related to deliberate firesetting.

2. Research Examining Characteristics/Risk Factors/Treatment Needs of Deliberate Firesetting (including female firesetters)
This section of the workshop will provide an overview of key research in both mental health and prison settings examining the characteristics, risk factors, and treatment needs of adult deliberate firesetters.

3. Assessment and Treatment
This section of the workshop will provide an overview of risk assessment in relation to deliberate adult firesetting. It will explore current and developing literature and research related to risk assessment. It will also provide an overview of various treatment approaches in working with firesetters and review key clinical approaches and process issues associated with this population.

This one day training event on firesetting would include the following topics:

Theoretical Explanations of Deliberate Firesetting
Participants would be provided with an overview of the range of theories (both single factor and multi-factorial) available for explaining deliberate firesetting in male and female adults. Thus, at the end of the training, participants should hold a good understanding of the range of theories available for explaining adult deliberate firesettting (both historical and contemporary).

Research Examining Characteristics/Risk Factors/Treatment Needs of Deliberate Firesetting (including female firesetters)
Participants would be provided with an overview of key research in both mental health and prison settings examining the characteristics, risk factors, and treatment needs of adult deliberate firesetters. A key question examined throughout the training will be whether Firesetters represent a distinct group who require specialist treatment. At the end of training, participants should hold a good understanding of the key features of adults who set deliberate fires (including key gender differences) and how individuals who set fires may differ from other offending populations.

Risk Assessment and Firesetting
Participants would be provided with an overview of risk assessment in relation to deliberate adult firesetting. Current literature in this area is particularly scant and so newly developed/developing risk assessments will be described and critiqued. However, in the absence, of empirically validated risk assessment, participants will be taught how best to approach this task given what is known about firesetting. At the end of training participants should hold a basic understanding of the tools available for risk assessment in this area and of how to approach the task of risk assessment in the absence of fully evaluated tools.

Treatment Approaches for Deliberate Firesetting/Working with Deliberate Firesetters in Practice
Participants would be provided with an overview of the range of treatment approaches that have been used with adult firesetters as well as detailed descriptions of current approaches (e.g., FIP-MO, FIPP). Key clinical approaches to working with firesetters and process issues associated with this population will also be provided. At the end of training, participants should hold a good understanding of current treatment approaches and of what the clinical experience of working with firesetters is like.

Learning Format
We will use a variety of formats to enhance the learning experience of individuals who attend training. Formats will include: basic lecture (i.e., via PowerPoint slides), group discussion, videos of firesetting group ‘mock ups’ for discussion of treatment problems, and small group exercises.

Target audience
This workshop is primarily aimed at all members and affiliate member of the Division of Forensic Psychology however this training event is also available to anyone in other professional disciplines who has a practical interest in this area. The workshop is aimed at both beginner and intermediate levels; therefore previous experience of working with offenders with a history of fire-setting is not required.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224505.

Agenda

Thursday 4th June 2015

09:30Registration & Tea and Coffee
10:00Workshop Starts
11:30Coffee Break
11:45Workshop Continues
13:00Lunch
13:45Workshop Continues
15:15Coffee Break
15:30Workshop Continues
17:00Workshop Ends

Speakers and Facilitators

Theresa A. Gannon, DPhil, CPsychol (Forensic)

Facilitator
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 for Kent Forensic Psychiatry Services, UK.

Theresa has published over 100 chapters, articles, books, and other scholarly works in the areas of male and female firesetting, sexual offending, and offender rehabilitation. Theresa is lead developer of the very first standardized treatment programmes for individuals who have set fires (Firesetting Intervention Programme for Prisoners [FIPP] and Firesetting Intervention Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders [FIP-MO] and lead author of the very latest comprehensive theory of deliberate adult firesetting (M-TTAF). Theresa assesses and treats male and female firesetters regularly and is co-editor of two books examining firesetting (Firesetting and Mental Health: RCPsych Publications 2012 and The Psychology of Arson: Routledge 2015). Theresa serves on the editorial boards of several journals including Aggression and Violent Behavior, British Journal of Forensic Practice, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. Theresa is also Editor of Psychology Crime and Law.

Emma Alleyne, PhD

Facilitator
Emma Alleyne, PhD, is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) at the University of Kent. Her research interests fall within forensic and social psychology. Specifically, Emma’s research focusses on the aetiological factors of offending behaviour (e.g., group processes, offending cognition, etc.) and how they can inform treatment. She has published over 20 publications (journal articles, book chapters, and government reports) on topics including street gangs, multiple perpetrator rape, adult firesetting, and animal cruelty.

Emma’s research on adult firesetters has mostly focussed on the treatment needs of female firesetters and how these needs are distinct from other types of offenders. This research has culminated in both theory development and empirical findings. She has conducted research comparing female firesetters to male firesetters and female offender controls in order to elucidate their distinct features. Emma was also part of the CORE-FP team that developed, administered, and assessed the first standardized treatment programmes for adult males who have set fires (Firesetting Intervention Programme for Prisoners [FIPP]). Emma is a member of the Eurogang Network – the largest international body of leading academics, practitioners and criminal justice professionals in street gang research – and she is a frequent reviewer for many high impact journals.

Caoilte Ó Ciardha, PhD

Facilitator
Caoilte Ó Ciardha, PhD is a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) at the University of Kent. His primary research interests are in adult firesetting and in sexual offending. He is particularly interested in theory and assessment of the role of cognition in offending behaviour. Caoilte has published over 20 journal articles and book sections since 2011.

Caoilte’s research on adult firesetters has included broad theoretical work on the aetiology and clinical features of adult firesetting as well as more fine-grained theory relating to firesetter cognition. Empirically, he has examined the psychological and psychopathological treatment needs of firesetters. He has also researched methodological issues in the assessment of fire interest and other firesetting-supporting attitudes. Along with other members of CORE-FP he was part of the team that developed, administered, and assessed the first standardized treatment programmes for adult males who have set fires (Firesetting Intervention Programme for Prisoners [FIPP]). Caoilte is an editorial board member for the Journal of Sexual Aggression, as well as an ad hoc reviewer for many other journals. He is also a member of the International Assessment Board of the Irish Research Council.

Venue

Glasgow Caledonian University, CEE_1 Room

Glasgow Caledonian University , Cowcaddens Road , Glasgow , G4 0BA , Scotland , UK •  Website•  Directions

Workshop will be held in CEE_1 Room (Campus map below under additional information). The university is easily accessible from Junction 16 (Westbound) or Junctions 15 & 17 (Eastbound) of the M8 motorway. Although no parking is available on campus, there is ample space available at the nearby Buchanan Galleries car park. The university is situated within easy walking distance of both Glasgow Queen Street Station and Glasgow Central Station

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