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A Risky Business? Challenges and complexities in modern forensic and legal systems

Friday 17th October 2014 at Manchester Conference Centre

Generously Supported by The Division of Forensic Psychology

This is the inaugural Forensic Psychology conference run by the BPS North West Branch which is generously supported by The Division of Forensic Psychology. The full day conference will be held on the 17th October 2014 at the Manchester Conference Centre, a city centre location with good parking and easy access by public transport.

The conference theme tackles complex issues at the heart of forensic practice and is entitled “A risky business? Challenges and complexities in modern forensic and legal systems”. The exciting programme will cover current issues in: Jihadi Terrorism; Formulation in forensic settings, Brain injury and offending, Risk and self-regulation and Working with offenders with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

In addition, there will be a one hour session outlining three innovative projects showcasing best practice in forensic settings in the North West.
This great value conference features cutting edge forensic psychology research, networking, an interactive poster session and accredited CPD hours.

Who is the course intended for?

The programme is likely to be of interest to: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Prison Officers, Legal Profession, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Social Workers, Nurses, and Academics.

Poster Submissions

Are now closed.

Submitters who are selected to present will receieve free admission.

The submission deadline has passed (23:59, Friday 5th September 2014).

Presentation Abstracts

Professor Gus A Baker: The significance of Brain injury to Forensic Psychology

A brain injury can and does impact on an individuals’ physical, psychological and neuropsychological functioning. The extent will depend upon a number of factors including clinical, demographical and individual factors. Independently and in combination these factors will impact on day-to-day functioning. It is desirable that those responsible for people with acquired brain injuries have an understanding of the impact of that condition. Such knowledge will produce greater understanding and may help with shaping environments to ameliorate the impact.
It is only recently that attention has been drawn to an understanding of the impact of the presence of traumatic brain injury on the management of offenders. This presentation will consider a number of themes including [1] the research linking brain injury and offending. [2]The incidence and prevalence of traumatic brain injury and its relationship to offending behaviour. [3] The neuropsychological and psychiatric profile of those with offending behaviour and implications for management.

Professor Anthony Beech: Emotion, Self-Regulation and Risk.

Self Regulation and Risk. The aim of the presentation is to examine risk factors for offending related to self-regulation, and to provide an overview of the neurobiological substrates of emotional/self regulation. The second half of the presentation will address recent advances in therapeutic practices designed to address problems in this area.

Professor David Canter: A Personal Construct Approach to Jihadi Terrorism"

Most considerations of terrorist engagement are couched in ideological, political or religious terms. Few have studied the inherent psychological processes that support violent terrorist acts. As a step to filling this gap a unique study of 49 Jihadi terrorists in India, using Repertory Grids and Life Narrative interviews, revealed that there are indeed important, personal psychological issues that shape terrorists' views and commitment to violence.

Dr Caroline Logan: Formulation: What is it and why it matters

Formulation is an essential clinical task whereby relevant information about a client is organised, connected, interpreted, agreed, and communicated to others in a way that facilitates both their understanding and action to generate positive change. But what does formulation look like in forensic settings - what are the benefits and the limitations on its applications there? How does a 'good' formulation compare to a 'poor' one? And where is the evidence that good formulations result in demonstrably better outcomes for clients and risk management? This talk will address these questions in the context of working with service users thought to be high risk as a result of personality disorder

Professor John Taylor: Roots, Risks and Remedies for Offenders with Intellectual and Developments Disabilities

De-institutionalisation has had a significant impact on offenders with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are now more visible in the wider community than before. Perhaps because of the challenges presented by people previously contained in institutions there has been an increase in interest the characteristics of this group and the services and clinical interventions required to support them. In this presentation developments concerning offenders with IDD are presented and discussed. The historical association between crime low intellectual functioning, and the evidence concerning the prevalence of offending by people with IDD are considered. Research concerning service pathways for this population is summarised and progress in the development of clinical assessments of risk is outlined. The evidence for and recent developments in the treatment of offending behaviour (anger/aggression, sex offending and arson) is overviewed and summarised. Finally, the implications of this developing body of research are considered in terms of future directions for the development of services, clinical practice and further research.

Further abstracts to be announced.


A limited number of bursaries are available. Please complete the bursary application form and return to bsk-oe.oup@cjnsc.k by Wednesday 10th September 2014. Bursary guidelines can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


This event is made possible through the generous support of the following organisations:



Friday 17th October 2014

The agenda can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

09:30Registration and refreshments
10:00Professor Tony Beech - Emotion, Self-Regulation and Risk
10:50Dr Caroline Logan - Formulation: What is it and why it matters
11:40Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
12:00Professor David Canter - A Personal Construct Approach to Jihadi Terrorism
12:50Lunch and Poster Presentations
13:50North West Initiatives - Recovery Academy, G-MAP and Women’s Turnaround
15:00Professor John Taylor - Roots, Risks and Remedies for Offenders with Intellectual and Developments Disabilities
16:00Professor Gus Baker - The significance of Brain injury to Forensic Psychology
17:00Event Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Professor Gus Baker

Professor Gus Baker is a Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology and a Chartered Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist. He provides a Legal Medical Practice with over 100 referrals per year with particular expertise in Personal Injury, and medical negligence. He has a specialist interest in areas of: epilepsy, head injuries and general neurological disorders. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and works equally between clinical practice and research. During his academic career he has been involved in the publication of over two hundred papers and has a special interest in the understanding the impact of epilepsy on people's physical, social, psychological and neuropsychological functioning. He has a BPS life-time award for distinguished contribution to Professional Psychology and is the recipient of the Barbara Wilson award for outstanding contribution to Clinical Neuropsychology 2012. Professor Baker is an ILAE Ambassador for Epilepsy.


Professor Anthony Beech

Professor Anthony Beech is Head of the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has authored over 160 peer-reviewed articles, 50 book chapters and six books in the area of forensic science/criminal justice. In 2009 he received the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in Dallas, and the Senior Award from the Division of Forensic Psychology, British Psychological Society. His particular areas of research interests are: risk assessment; the neurobiological bases of offending; reducing online exploitation of children; and increasing psychotherapeutic effectiveness of the treatment given to offenders.


Professor David Canter

Professor David Canter is Professor of Psychology at the University of Huddersfield and Emeritus Professor at the University of Liverpool. He is recipient of an Honorary Fellowship of the British Psychological Society and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Royal Society of Medicine. Professor Canter has been an active, applied social psychologist for nearly half a century. His studies and their applications have covered everything from the effects of working in open plan offices to the experience of complementary medicine. In recent years he has developed the new discipline that he named Investigative Psychology, which brings together the different ways in which psychologists can contribute to many aspects of all forms of investigation. These studies, his contributions to police investigations and court proceeding, have brought him into increasingly intense study of criminals themselves. His presentation at this conference is some of his latest work in this arena.


Dr Caroline Logan

Dr Caroline Logan is the Lead Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist in the Specialist Services Network of Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute of Brain Behaviour and Mental Health at the University of Manchester. She has worked in forensic settings for almost 20 years. Dr Logan is a former Board Member of the Scottish Risk Management Authority, the DSPD Programme Expert Advisory Group, and the Project Board of Resettle, the Merseyside clinical risk and case management service for high risk offenders. She is currently a member of the Advisory Panel for the Close Supervision Centres and Managing Challenging Behaviour Strategy in the HMPS Directorate of High Security. Dr Logan is a co-author of the Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol, a structured professional judgement approach to sexual violence risk assessment and management, and a co-author of the Department of Health guidelines Best Practice in Managing Risk in Mental Health Services. Dr Logan has research interests in the areas of personality disorder, psychopathy, and risk and a special interest in gender issues in offending, on which she has published two books and many articles.


Professor John Taylor

Professor John Taylor is Professor of Clinical Psychology, Northumbria University and Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychological Services Professional Lead with Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust. Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist from Edinburgh University John Taylor has worked in intellectual disability and forensic services in a range of settings in the UK (community services, high, medium and low secure services, and prisons). He has published widely on the assessment and treatment of emotional and offending behaviour problems associated with intellectual disabilities in a range of research journals and professional publications. John has edited and co-authored several books including: Offenders with Developmental Disabilities (2004), Anger Treatment for People with Developmental Disabilities (2005), and Psychological Therapies for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (2013). He is a Past President of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and a past Chair of the DCP Faculty for Forensic Clinical Psychology.


The Recovery Academy

The Recovery Academy is based upon the ‘Recovery College’ model and offers learning opportunities for patients/service users, carers and staff. The guiding ethos is the involvement of people with lived experience in the co-facilitation and co-production of courses. This is a transformational initiative and offers all concerned a powerful means of harnessing recovery learning to enhance and augment traditional models of recovery linked to treatment and therapy. The development of the Edenfield Centre Campus of GMW’s Recovery Academy supports the delivery of recovery education for forensic services patients within the secure perimeter to mirror the Recovery Academy experience essentially for patients without leave.


G-map is an independent organisation based in Cheshire that offers specialist services to children and young people who present with problematic or harmful sexual behaviour, emotional and behavioural disorders, or are victims of child sexual exploitation. G-map has an established history of providing services to young people representing the highest end of the spectrum of problematic and harmful sexual behaviour, a core objective of G-map's practice is the prevention of harmful sexual behaviour and we therefore recognise the benefits of early intervention with children and young people situated at the lower end of the spectrum. G-map works with children and young people of different ethnicities, gender, cognitive functioning and complexity of need.

Women’s Turnaround

The PSS Turnaround service is for women involved in the CJS and for women at risk of offending. The service is designed to fit the needs of women, address attitudes and behaviours, divert women away from prison, reduce family breakdown and improve wellbeing. Turnaround works with the CJS providing services and support in relation to; offending, accommodation, skills and employment, health, substance use, finance, children and families, attitudes and behaviour, domestic abuse and sex work


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