2019 Breakout Presentations

Wednesday 18th September - 1.30pm - 3.00pm

A1 - Combined Workshop - 90 Minute

Technology-Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour: Research, Practice & Case Formulation

Jennifer Allotey, Clinical Lead - Harmful Sexual Behaviour, Forensic CAMHS

As we are now all living within a digital world, risk assessment and safeguarding need to take into account the fact that children and young people can both harm and be harmed through the use of technology. This workshop will provide information from research and practice regarding young people that have displayed technology assisted harmful sexual behaviour.


The Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour Practice Guidance (AIM Project & NSPCC, 2019) will be introduced and the complexities and challenges of this relatively new area of practice will be explored.

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Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour (TA-HSB) a Practitioner Perspective

Emma Hodgson, Social Worker - NSPCC

The first part of the workshop will provide an overview of research finding which formed part of a MSc dissertation. The research combined questionnaires and a deliberative inquiry to ascertain the views of NSPCC practitioners working with children and young people who display Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour (TA-HSB).

The second part of the session will be an interactive forum to explore practice based issues and consider solutions enabling participants to share ideas and experience.

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A2 - Workshop - 90 Minute

Developing assessment profiling of young people who have sexually harmed: Introduction to AIM3 Model of Assessment

Professor Simon Hackett, Principal of St Mary's College - Durham

Marcella Leonard, Director - Leonard Consultancy

The revision of AIM2 was in response to recognised developments in the research evidence and by the experience of practitioners using AIM2. Professional evaluative feedback regarding AIM2 highlighted the need for the assessment framework to be updated to consider issues such as: the increasing role of technology; the limitations of young people being defined as requiring low, medium or high supervision; and the need for a tool to better support professional analysis.This workshop will provide an overview of the AIM3 Model of Assessment and the development of profiling young person to assist in assessing risk and in identifying bespoke interventions including with their parent/carers.

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A3 - WORKSHOP WITHDRAWN Workshop - 90 Minute

The Research Journey: From Postgraduate to Professor'

Lauren Smith, PhD Student, Leeds Beckett University

Sarah Brown, Professor, Coventry University

For the first time at NOTA conference, we will be hosting a session aimed specifically at postgraduate and early career researchers. In this breakout, three NOTA members, each at different stages of their careers, will be discussing their personal research journeys. Throughout the talks, presenters will draw upon some of the professional and personal, rewards and challenges and issues that they have faced whilst undertaking research in the sexual violence field. The workshop will compromise an overview from academics of the research journey from student to professor, practitioner insight into ‘adapting to academia’ and skill sharing to facilitate your PhD research approach.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the workshop as well as a chance to get together with other postgraduates and early career researchers at our mid-conference postgraduate social.

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A4 - Workshop - 90 Minute

Introduction to the NOTA Individual Treatment Programme: Theoretical underpinnings, practical application and future training.

Roger Kennington, Independent Consultant, Roger Kennington Consulting

Dr David Briggs, Chartered Forensic Clinical Psychologist, David Briggs Associates

Dr Stephanie Hill, Chartered Forensic, Clinical Psychologist

This programme is designed to aid experienced practitioners who are treating men who sexually abuse (adult or child victims/ contact non contact [including internet] abuse) on an individual basis. This seminar will introduce the rationale and theoretical underpinnings of the programme and highlight it’s motivational and collaborative approach. Some key practice issues will be highlighted and pointers will be given to future training needs.

Suitable for all delegates with intermediate and advanced experience

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A5 - Symposium - 90 Minute

Working systemically with young people who display harmful sexual behaviour.

Carol Carson, Manager of The AIM Project, The AIM Project

This workshop will give an overview of the AIM Intervention Guidance (2019), which offers a structured, trauma informed, holistic approach to interventions with young people with harmful sexual behaviour and the key adults around them. It provides a strong evidence base and guidance on stages of work with adults and young people to achieve identified goals and includes suggestions for tools and exercises for work with both adults and young people.

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A6 - Combined Workshop - 90 Minute

‘The Co-located Public Protection Team: the challenges for a multi-agency co-located team in managing the risks posed by individuals convicted of sexual and violent offences and assessed as the highest category of risk under the Public Protection Arrangements N Ireland’.

Mervyn Craig, Police Service for Northern Ireland (PSNI) Public Protection Branch Sgt Co-located Public Protection Team (PPT)

Paul Thompson, Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) Area Manager Co-located Public Protection Team & Approved Premises

Karen McCall, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust (HSCT) Principal Officer PPANI Team Members from the Co-located Public Protection Team

Statutory arrangements were established within N Ireland 2008 to assist in the management of risk posed by certain offenders in the community who present evidence that they could cause serious harm. These arrangements are known as the Public Protection Arrangements in Northern Ireland (PPANI).

Within PPANI the highest risk offenders are set at Category 3 that is;

Someone whose previous offending and/or current behaviour and/or current circumstances present clear and identifiable evidence that they are highly likely to cause serious harm through carrying out a contact sexual or violent offence’.

Offenders assessed as PPANI Category 3 require intensive and focused multi-agency intervention. To provide this level of intervention the Co-located Public Protection Team (PPT) was established.

Although based centrally within the greater Belfast Area, the PPT holds Designated Risk Management (DRM) responsibility for all Category 3 offenders resident across N Ireland.

The core membership of the PPT consists of PSNI, PBNI and a HSCT Senior Practitioner. The PPT staff are all located together in a single office.

Drawing upon case examples this workshop will address the following issues:


  • The benefits of having a co-located Public Protection Team in respect of risk management


  • The challenges presented by multi-agency/multi-disciplinary working, that is co-operation depends upon respecting the different role each agency performs and the boundaries which defines it.


  • The challenge of delivering a consistent level of risk management for Category 3 offenders located across N Ireland e.g. rural areas where support services may be limited.


  • The challenge of delivering a consistent level of risk management for an increasing number of Category 3 offenders.

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“It felt like falling off a cliff” the transition from prison to the community of people convicted of sexual offences”. PhD research summary.

Lynn Saunders OBE, Governor HMP Whatton/ Chair Safer Living Foundation HMPS

This session will offer the opportunity to understand the experiences and challenges of people leaving prison with a sexual conviction and returning to the community. The research also covers the experiences of offender managers in managing this group of people. Attendees will gain insight into the experiences of offenders during this difficult and challenging period, and will offer insights and ideas as a result of the research findings for both practitioners and policy makers.

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A7 - Research Presentation: Under-researched Populations - Chair: Mitch Waterman - 4 x 20 Minute Presentations

1. Adopting a strengths based therapeutic model within a criminal justice system – the challenges’

Kate Tyrrell, Probation Board Northern Ireland

The aim of a strength based approach in rehabilitation is to enable and motivate participants to understand why they are undertaking these interventions and ultimately help them believe they can live a more desirable life (Farrall, 2002; Maruna & LeBel, 2010).

This can provide challenges for the therapists working with the client group in a criminal justice setting. Canton (2017) highlights the challenges for therapists in providing both caring and control roles i.e. in Probation the Statutory responsibility which requires feedback to the Supervising Probation Officer regarding both progression with treatment targets but also participant compliance with orders, licences or public protection arrangements.

The Horizon intervention programme represents an attempt to amalgamate the principles learned from desistance research, whilst being firmly committed to the principle of addressing criminogenic need (consistent with RNR). Horizon adopts a forward focused, positive approach, encouraging group members to consider their future, to use skills they learn in the programme to create a better, crime free future, and attempts to give them a degree of control and personal agency in their lives, and indeed in their progress through the programme. When thinking about integrating this approach into the criminal justice system, facilitators can face a number of challenges.


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2. Female Sex Offenders that Co-Offend; A Product of Victimisation or Silent Offenders?

Fionnuala Whelan, Detective Garda, An Garda Síochána

This study explores the construction of co-offending female perpetrators of child sexual abuse by examining five real life case studies published in the media in a systematic and unbiased manner. The construction of these female offenders provides an insight into whether they are perceived as offenders or victims, by professionals within social services and the criminal justice system, which ultimately has a bearing on child protection and welfare. The research examines, not only national policies and legislation, but also the response of professionals to these offenders. It exposes existing discourse on how co-offending female child sex offenders are moulded to conform to society’s outdated “sexual scripts” concerning women and these gendered frameworks reveal the position of women in society. This research challenges the patriarchal construction of child sexual abuse and illustrates how this lends itself to the concealment of female perpetrated sexual abuse of children and thereby the construction of silent offenders.

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3. Life stories of female sex offenders

Dulcie Faure Walker, Forensic Psychologist in Training, West London NHS Trust/University of Nottingham

Female perpetrated sexual abuse has historically been a neglected area of research. The encouragement for more dedicated research has followed the growing recognition that women can be sex offenders as well as men, and their motivations and treatment needs may differ. The presentation will share findings from a recent study exploring the life stories of female sex offenders in prison. The audience will be encouraged to consider the cycle of victim to offender and the impact of adverse childhood experiences, specifically how and why this relates to their subsequent offending.

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4. A comparative analysis of the functions of Harmful Sexual Behaviours (HSB) between hearing and non-hearing adults - implications for assessment and treatment 

Dr Rachel Worthington, Head of Psychology (Cygnet) and Senior Lecturer (UClan), Cygnet Hospital, Bury

Victoria Hamilton, Forensic Psychologist in Training, Cygnet Hospital, Bury

This paper will describe a piece of research undertaken with a sample of hearing and deaf adults in a secure hospital with a history of engaging in harmful sexual behaviour.   All participants were assessed using Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) which is a framework of applied behaviour analysis. The paper will discuss the findings of the research in terms of the comparative functions for HSB between groups. The paper will describe how treatment interventions not readily adopted within standard treatments for HSB should be implemented to reduce risk of HSB in non-hearing clients and how knowledge gained from this research could contribute to psychological theories and treatment of sexual offending, not only in this client group but also more generally in other populations with communication challenges.

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A8 - Seminar - 90 Minute

A clinical model of Trauma Informed Care used with Children and Youth in New Zealand who have experienced sexual harm. 

Catherine Gallagher, Clinical Practice Manager, START

Maggy Tai Rākena, Manager, START

START is an NGO based in Christchurch, New Zealand that has worked for 31 years with children, youth and adults who have experienced sexual violence. Trauma is at the heart of the work we do with clients and so to be ‘trauma informed’ is essential. Although this term is now common place, when our team was challenged around what it actually meant to us and for the clients within our service, the answers suggested that ‘trauma informed practice’ might well mean different things for different people. This started a conversation that ended in the development of the’ START Clinical Model’ which places trauma processing work in a context of the world the client lives in, the therapeutic relationship the work occurs in, and the service related factors that facilitate this work to take place. This seminar is not an academic one, but one that looks at the practicalities of working with a sexually harmed client group in a way that is informed by our knowledge of trauma. START’s model was designed to be relevant for all age groups, however we will be focusing more specifically on its utility with children and youth in the examples we discuss.

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A9 - Workshop - 90 Minute

Seen and not heard: The service user’s experience through the justice system of individuals convicted of sexual offenses. 

Kieran McCartan, Professor in Criminology, University of the West of England

David Prescott, Clinical Services, Development Director, Becket Family of Services

The provision of treatment services to individuals convicted of sexual offenses in particular, has expanded exponentially over the last 20 years. This growing population is now interviewed, interrogated, investigated, assessed, managed, treated, supervised, and surveilled, while their perspective as “service users” is almost entirely absent from research. This workshop describes the service user experience at each stage and discuss how policy and practice can resolve areas of disconnection. We suggest several ways to promote and privilege the service user voice for those convicted of sexual crimes.

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A10 - Seminar - 90 Minute

The Application of Sexual Script Theory to Sexual Abusers: Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice

Adam Deming, Psy.D., Psychologist, Executive Director, INSOMM Program, Liberty Behavioral Health Corporation

Sexual script theory has shown potentially significant implications toward understanding the development, maintenance and treatment of sexually abusive behaviour. This seminar will provide the attendee with a concise summary of sexual script theory, and efforts within our field to apply this model to the etiology of sexual offending. The empirical research that has been conducted on sexual script theory as it applies to the use of pornography, rape and sexual coercion, and sexual abusers with crimes against children will be presented and critically reviewed. Given the role that sexual scripts appear to play in mediating offending behaviour, and the role of cognitive interventions in the therapeutic process with sexual abusers, the potential application of sexual script theory into clinical practice will be discussed, along with a model for incorporating sexual script theory and utilizing interventions within a cognitive-behavioural framework.

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Wednesday 18th September - 3.30pm - 5.00pm

B1 - Workshop - 90 Minute

Restoring Relationships in Sibling Sexual Abuse: A Paradigm Shift

Melissa Maltar, M.S.W., RSW Manager, Clinical Services Radius Child and Youth Services

Nancy Falls, Ed.D., RP Manager, Training and Consultation Radius Child and Youth Services

Repairing sibling relationships is worth the effort. Sibling relationships are the longest lasting of our life relationships. In spite of the harm that has been caused, siblings often look to restore the relationship. But how do you provide a process that is safe, inclusive, and effective. We will propose the use of the VORS Principle (Voice, Open Communication, Responsibility, and Safety) as a foundation in the application of restorative justice principles to identify the ideal preconditions for sibling sexual abuse reunification. While there are a number of protocols identified to engage families in a reunification process, we will present a framework that is flexible, inclusive, and developmentally sensitive. Using a trauma-informed lens, case examples will highlight the process flow and practical strategies to illustrate how to engage with all family members as they work safely through a process aimed to repair the relationship ruptures caused by the sibling sexual abuse.

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B2 - Combined Workshop - 90 Minute

Elm House (TUSLA) and National Inter-Agency Prevention Programme (NIAPP, TUSLA): The Integration of Treatment with a Specialist Residential Service for Young People who have Sexually Harmed.

Linda Cooney, Chartered Senior Psychologist, National Inter-Agency Prevention Programme (NIAPP, TUSLA)

Diane Curran, Social Care Manager, Elm House, Specialist Residential Centre

This workshop emphasises how young people who have Sexually Harmed coming into care have more complex needs which require a specialist service and a treatment plan.

In our workshop, relevant treatment dilemmas in parallel with creative opportunities will be turned into practice tasks addressing: (1) Denial and Admission; (2) Family Link Work; (3) Practitioner Objectivity; (4) Residential Team Responses; and, (5) Legal Issues.

By employing a ‘Case Study’ visual and audio example; the presenters will walk through Elm House’s Integrated Assessment and Intervention Model.

A suite of treatment modules will be highlighted in an attempt to understand how offence specific and offence related goals can be integrated enhancing ‘Caring for the Whole Child’.

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“The treatment gave me a future – but there are still things that make life difficult.” A follow-up study of adolescent males who displayed harmful sexual behaviour and received residential treatment in Sweden.

Cecilia Kjellgren, Senior Lecturer, PhD., Linnaeus University

A clinical sample of adolescents (n=31) who displayed harmful sexual behaviour, all referred to residential care in Sweden, were interviewed early in treatment and by follow-up. The majority of the respondents had adverse childhood experiences as well as cognitive disabilities. The respondents initially had concerns being referred to residential care however by follow-up they highlight skills and support they achieved in treatment. By follow-up respondents identified remaining difficulties in their further transition into adulthood, indicating potential gaps in the societal support. The data of the study will be presented, findings and implications will be discussed in the session.

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B3 - Seminar - 90 Minute

What about me? – Effective Supervision and the impact of working with Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Karen Martin, Harmful Sexual Behaviour Service Manager, Suffolk Children’s & Young People’s & Youth Justice

Although practitioner impact and support in the adult sex offender field has gained increasing research recognition, less is known about these issues in work with children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours. With approximately 1/3 of all sexual offences committed by children and young people under the age of 18 it is important to think about the impact of this type of work on the practitioner. How do we look after ourselves and our staff when working with HSB? How important is good quality supervision and what does effective supervision look like?

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B4 - Combined Workshop - 90 Minute

Child/Adolescent Sibling Harmful Sexual Behaviour and the use of Restorative Practice

Vincent Mercer, RJ Co Ordinator, The AIM Project

Joan Cherry, AIM Associate Trainer, The AIM Project

This workshop will be co presented by representatives of the AIM Project. The aims of this workshop are as follows:

  • To review the available research and literature on the characteristics and nature of adolescent sibling harmful sexual behaviour
  • To explore the impact of sibling HSB for victims, offender and families
  • To examine treatment issues with an emphasis on a holistic inter-agency response
  • To address how Restorative Practice may offer a potential means of addressing these impacts and issues to meet the expressed needs of those effected.

This workshop will also draw upon the practice experience of both presenters with emphasis on the AIM Restorative Justice in HSB cases programme.

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Broken Hearts and Healing: Sibling Sexual Abuse & Reunification

Jacqueline Page, Associate Professor/Licensed Clinical Psychologist, University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Dept of Psychiatry

This workshop examines what we know about sibling sexual abuse, reviews the impact of sibling abuse, addresses questions about separation of siblings and explores reconciliation and reunification considerations. A continuum approach to reunification will be presented and common questions and challenges that are present will be addressed. Discussion will be encouraged as we explore these issues from a real world perspective.  

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B5 - Research Presentation: HSB & Risk Management. Chair: Mitch Waterman, 4 x 20 Minute Presentations

1. RESEARCH PRESENTATION WITHDRAWN Chronophilic expression in Child Sexual Exploitation Material

Maggie Brennan, PhD., Lecturer in Psychology, University of Plymouth

Darragh McCashin, Early Stage Researcher / PhD Student, University College Dublin

There is a dearth of comprehensive data on the characteristics of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Material (CSAM/CSEM), and the motivational profiles of offenders associated with CSAM/CSEM offences. Until recently, no international baselines of empirical data had been produced from CSEM/CSAM content to guide case assessment and intervention (ECPAT International, 2018).

In an effort to bridge this gap, we will examine the nature of chronophilic expression in a multi-country dataset of CSAM/CSEM files, with attention to depicted victim age, gender and sexual activity. Here the objective is to establish how attractions to age, gender and sexual activities are co-organized across nepiophilic, paedophilic and hebephilic activities depicted in CSEM/CSAM. These insights will allow us to explore the salience of the model of chronophilia proposed by Seto (2017) to these offences.

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2. Evaluating the Acceptability and Feasibility of The Kolvin Intervention Programme for Harmful Sexual Behaviour (KIP-S) Pilot

Dr. Carol Nixon, Principal Counselling and Forensic Psychologist, Kolvin Service, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS

Dr Aisling Martin, Principal Clinical Psychologist, Kolvin Service, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS

This paper aimed to evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of the Kolvin Intervention Programme for Harmful Sexual Behaviour (KIP-S). The KIP-S was administered with eight adolescent males; six of whom had been convicted of a sexual offence and two presented with harmful sexual behaviour. Analysis revealed an increase in the adolescent males’ understanding of their behaviour, motivation to change their behaviour and understanding of what they need to do to change their behaviour following completion of the KIP-S programme. Furthermore, the adolescent males reported that they found the KIP-S an interesting, educational and useful programme. Additional analysis outlines the areas of knowledge that the adolescent males attained prior to and after completion of the KIP-S programme. The clinical significance of these findings are discussed.

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3. Crossing Boundaries: How is harmful sexual behaviour amongst children and young people understood in Germany?

James Guy, Social Worker, NSPCC

I will present the results of a literature review of peer-reviewed articles published in German between 2012-2017 about children and young people (CYP) with harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). The presentation will focus on definitions of HSB, its prevalence, causes/background of CYP with HSB, and prevention/treatment.

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4. RESEARCH PRESENTATION WITHDRAWN The use of ARMS to manage and risk assess Registered Sex Offenders from a multi-agency perspective

Leona Mydlowski, University of Bradford

This paper presents the findings of a focus group study with police officers of differing ranks (n-50) who are responsible for managing and risk assessing registered sexual offenders, otherwise known as ‘Management of Sexual or Violent Offenders’ (MOSOVO). Under Criminal Justice Act 2003, MOSOVO are now responsible for managing and risk assessing registered sexual offenders in the community using a risk tool known as Active Risk Management System (ARMS). This involves MOSOVO carrying out unannounced visits to the registered sexual offenders place of residence and conducting the necessary risk assessment using ARMS.

The focus group asked a series of questions around the home visit and risk assessment process. The paper presents findings from the focus group study to describe the different type of home visits that are carried out namely, first visit, initial visit. This paper will provide detail as to what preparation MOSOVC undertake prior to the home visit; what actually happens on each of the aforementioned visits and the questions that are posed to the registered sexual offender to enable MOSOVO to carry out the necessary risk assessment using ARMS

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B6 - Combined Workshop - 90 Minute

‘Every Ping Gave me Goosebumps’ Understanding Impact for Victims of Technology Based Sexual Exploitation

Marcella Leonard, Director, Leonard Consultancy

This workshop will explore the challenges for engaging victims of technology based / online sexual exploitation in therapeutic interventions , the core impact of ‘self-touch’, not knowing what has happened to any imagery / videos which were taken / shared, the ongoing fear of imagery being ‘online’ and therefore risk of always being aware of the existence of the imagery for others to view, unknowing of who has viewed the imagery and who will in the future. The impact of ongoing exploitation and feeling of ‘not reaching closure’ due to nature of technology based sexual abuse long term impact for victims.

This workshop will assist those working with offenders of technology based sexual offending to understand the impact of their abuse, which is often perceived as ‘non-contact’ and therefore less harmful.

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Becoming another Victim, learning to be a Survivor to growing into a Thriver (ish)

David Gillen, Independent Social Worker

An evolutionary journey of adverse childhood and life experiences concerning emotional, physical and sexual trauma and shame. Discovering hope, inner strength and resilience. The significance of positive connections and relationships and utilising available opportunities in overcoming trauma and shame. Hopefully the journey will assist you better understand lifetime impact of adversity, trauma and shame. It could also influence other victims or survivors to become thrivers and your future professional practice.

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B7 - Workshop - 90 Minute

6 Strategies for Improving Your Working Alliance Skills

David Prescott, Certified Trainer, International Center for Clinical Excellence

General audience, with a focus on balancing for a mixed audience of supervising agents as well as clinicians, Adults and Adolescents

Rationale: This workshop focuses on specific skills involved in engaging people who have sexually abused in treatment. Few workshops focus on directly applicable clinical skills, and so this workshop accomplishes this through multi-modal means, including experiential exercises, didactic lecture, clinical demonstration, and videos. It includes elements of motivational interviewing, feedback-informed treatment, and more.

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B8 - Seminar - 90 Minute

'Restorative Practice with Adolescent HSB - Youth Conference in Practice ‘

Heather Sproule, Youth Conference Co-ordinator (Social Worker), Youth Justice Agency

Karen Marshall, Youth Conference Co-ordinator, Youth Justice Agency

Catherine Gormley, Practitioner, Youth Justice Agency, Youth Justice Agency

This seminar will enable delegates to gain an understanding of The Youth Justice Agency of Northern Ireland’s practice of and skill in facilitating restorative youth conferences when working with young people (aged 10-18 years) who have admitted to committing an offence /offences of harmful sexual behaviour and their victim(s).    These young people have been referred from The Youth Court and / or The Public Prosecution Service to participate in a restorative youth conference.  This session will consider what the young people who have committed offences of harmful sexual behaviour, their families and victims might gain from participating in the restorative youth conference process.  The accountability process opens up the possibility for change and the prevention of further offending.

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B9 - Workshop - 90 Minute

BOYS 2 - messages from research and practise regarding boys and young men impacted by CSA/E

Sharron Wareham, Social Worker, Barnardo’s

Anthony Beech, Professor, Barnardo’s

We will provide findings from a 2 year Home Office and Barnardo’s research project that considered how we can improve identification, assessment and intervention with boys and young men impacted by CSA/E.  Reporting on the quantitative and qualitative findings we include the voices and experiences of the boys and young men who participated.  The workshop will be interactive in nature and include access to a free workbook resource co-produced with the boys and young men who will be present to highlight the areas they felt as being key in supporting their journey through recovery.

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B10 - Workshop - 90 Minutes

Promoting Positive Pathways for Young People who have exhibited Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Sian Meader, Clinical Manager for Young People Services, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

Lindsey Mullen, Project Co-ordinator, Stop it Now! Scotland

Young people who get into trouble online are likely to receive a range of responses when reported for Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour (TA-HSB). In this workshop, we will present findings from our mixed methods research and apply them to a primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategy. We will share unique insights from the police, parents, professionals and young people.

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Thursday 19th September - 1.30pm - 3.00pm

C1 - Research Presentation: Theory & Evaluation - Chair: Mitch Waterman 4 x 20 Minute Presentations

1. Preliminary findings and practice implications of the Multi-disciplinary Evaluation of Sexual Assault Referral Centres for better Health (MESARCH) project

Sarah Brown, Professor, Coventry University

There is a lack of knowledge and understanding concerning the provision and effectiveness of Sexual Assault Referral Centers (SARCs) as a model of responding to sexual violence treatment in the UK. Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the MESARCH (Multi-disciplinary Evaluation of Sexual Assault Referral Centres for better Health) project aims to evaluate SARCs across England and make recommendations and good practice guidelines for them. This presentation will outline the MESARCH project findings to date in relation to: 1) what the literature says about supporting survivors of sexual violence; 2) what national care provision currently looks like across the 47 SARCs in England; and 3) a critical evaluation of the methods used in a longitudinal pilot study to examine the outcomes and impacts of SARCs. The practical implications for good practice for SARCs and methodological contributions to researching in this area will be discussed.

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2. Teens’ experiences following sexual assault

Tamar Shiboleth, Doctoral Researcher, Birmingham City University

Teens have been proven hard to reach by formal help systems and not much is known about why they are less likely to enter formal help systems. This study’s objective was to explore teens’ experiences following sexual assault by means of a narrative review of existing literature. Only studies focussed on teen participants (13-19 years old), as opposed to retrospective accounts from adults, were included. This presentation will focus on the most important developments and contributions made in this field including topics such as impact, disclosure, help-seeking and perpetrators. A few (completely anonymised) exemplary narratives will be used to highlight these issues.

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3. Development of Dangerous World Implicit Theory Scale: Content, Convergent, and Concurrent Validity / Preliminary Results

Gaye Ildeniz, PhD Researcher, University of Kent

This presentation includes findings from two studies with independent community samples (N = 400 and N =700) which aimed to examine the factor structure of the Dangerous World Implicit Theory (DWIT) when attempted to be measured with an item-based questionnaire. We developed 32 items depicting the content of the DWIT as conceptualised by Ward and Keenan (1999) and we present a 4-factor final model of DWIT with a total of 26 items as a result of the Study 1. In Study 2, we present the Confirmatory Factor Analysis results as well as the convergent and concurrent validity of the scale. The implications of the findings and directions for future research will be discussed.

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4. Using brain stimulation (tDCS) to examine neural correlates of sexual interest

Aarohi Khare, Postgraduate Researcher, University of Kent

Dr Caoilte Ó Ciardha, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Kent

Dr Amir-Homayoun Javadi, Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Kent

Sexual offending research might benefit greatly from a clearer understanding of what sexual interest looks like at the neural level. This study used brain stimulation to find evidence of which brain regions are directly responsible for sexual interest. The findings can be used for both research and practical implications regarding treatment modules and interventions.

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C2 - Workshop - 90 Minute

Working effectively with men and male youth who have viewed Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM).

Jenny Greensmith, Co-Director, Safer Lives

Rita Ashford, Co-Director, Safer Lives

The workshop will discuss what is effective practice with those who have viewed CSAM. Delegates will learn what the individuals believe may have supported them to seek help before arrest as well as the impact arrest has on family members. Time will also be spent discussing the suicide risk this group pose and why that matters.

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C3 - Combined Workshop - 90 Minute

‘Keeping Safe’ – a ‘whole school’ child abuse prevention programme in primary schools in Northern Ireland: Evaluation evidence after 2 years of implementation

Phyllis Stephenson, Education Adviser, NSPCC

Dr Aisling McElearney, Education Adviser, NSPCC

This seminar will introduce and describe ‘Keeping Safe’; an evidence based, multi component, whole school education programme which aims to teach every child aged 4-11 years age appropriate messages to keep them safe from all forms of abuse. Participants will learn about the research methodology adopted and key findings of the RCT impact evaluation which measured outcomes for children, teachers and parents. The methodology and findings of the process evaluation will also be shared. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to consider how the learning from the programme can inform scale up of the programme, abuse prevention practice and further research.

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“Teachers’ responses to harmful sexual behavior in primary school” : Results from an anonymous survey conducted among primary school teachers in South-East Norway

Kjersti Draugedalen, Public PhD Student, Tonsberg Municipality & University of South-Eastern Norway

The presentation will introduce findings from an anonymous digital survey carried out among primary school teachers in South-East Norway. The survey is a part of an on going public PhD project in Norway entitled ”Teachers’ possibilities of detecting and intervening towards children who display harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) in primary school’, and serves to create a research based overview of teachers’ knowledge and competence concerning children displaying HSB and which interventions they apply.

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C4 - Workshop - 90 Minute

When one size doesn’t fit all. Examining the arguments for, practice developed and evidence supporting the use of ‘adapted’ Circles of Support and Accountability (Circles) for young people, those with intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum conditions, ‘low risk’ offenders and women.

Leah Warwick, National Development Manger, Circles UK

Louise Pitman, National Quality Manager, Circles UK

This workshop will introduce participants to a range of initiatives which have adapted   the Circles model to make it more responsive to, and inclusive of, the needs of specific sub-groups of sexual harm causers – young people, people with ID and/or ASC, ‘low-risk ’offenders and women. It is suitable for all participants and likely to be of particular interest to anyone working with these groups.

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C5 - Workshop - 90 Minute

Using trauma-informed assessments for children and teenagers at risk of exploitation – what does this mean and implications for treatment.

Dr Carmen Chan , Clinical Psychologist, Horizon (Supporting Young People and Families Affected by Sexual Harm)

There is an increased awareness of the exploitation of vulnerable children and teenagers, particularly sexual, drug, and crime exploitation; however, clear intervention guidance is lacking. One possible reason may be the difficulty associated with fully assessing their needs. This workshop will focus on the use of trauma-informed assessments as one way of ascertaining a young person’s vulnerability and protective factors, whilst incorporating that with contextual information, and mental and physical health needs. In looking to shift the attention from ‘what’s wrong’ to ‘what’s happened’, this workshop will also aim to look at the implications of a trauma-informed assessment on developing a multi-agency intervention plan that focuses on the young person’s holistic needs.

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C6 - Workshop - 90 Minute

Connected: Using theatre and drama to explore desistance through strengthened connections with community, family and other systems.

Louise Heywood, Director of Programmes, Geese Theatre Company

Andy Watson, Artistic Director / CEO, Geese Theatre Company

This experiential workshop will provide a practical insight into some of the theatre and drama- based groupwork techniques Geese Theatre Company has developed to work with people who have offended sexually. It will focus on the individual as part of multiple systems and will involve the use of active, experiential exercises and stimulus scenes to explore issues such as identity and belonging and examples of how to use drama to enhance social and communication skills.

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C7 - Workshop - 90 Minute

Desistance of sexual offending: a retrospective qualitative study of individuals who have participated in a residential treatment programme.

Hannah Stanton, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Woodlands

Jodie Harrison, Family and Systemic Psychotherapist, Woodlands

Hannah Parry, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Woodlands

This workshop will explore a recent research study conducted by Woodlands which focused on the desistence of sexual offending. The research involved in-depth interviews with 25 individuals, all of which had resided in Woodlands for a minimum of twelve months and completed a full treatment programme.

The workshop will set out the methodology employed and give an account of the initial findings. Some implications on practice will also be discussed.

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C8 - Workshop - 90 Minute

‘A Tale of two cities’ or ‘Not in My Backyard’: The Challenge of Meeting the Housing Needs of Individual Sexual Offenders in Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland 

Julie Smyth, Co-ordinator, Public Protection Arrangements Northern Ireland (PPANI)

Gerry Duffy, Assistant Principal Officer, Homelessness Policy, Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE)

Paul Thompson, Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI), Area Manager Co-located Public Protection Team & Approved Premises

Eithne O’Donnell, Local Authority Representative, National SORAM (Sex Offender Risk Assessment & Management) Office, Dublin

Post-conviction and sentence individuals convicted of sexual offences, as with all types of offender, require to be re-integrated within the community. Stable accommodation and effective monitoring are a key factors in managing the risks posed by sexual offenders, contributing both to the successful rehabilitation of the offender and to the protection of the community in which the offender lives (JRF 2000).

However, convicted sex offenders face numerous obstacles to finding stable accommodation following release from custody. For a number of sexual offenders returning to their families or community of origin is not possible due to family breakdown, proximity to their victim or the existence of licence conditions or Court orders restricting residence e.g. Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs).

The nature of media reporting of sexual offending and at times the disproportionate focus on the figure of the predatory paedophile can intensify public concerns regarding the accommodation of sexual offenders within communities and place additional pressures upon accommodation providers e.g. hostel, social housing and private landlords.

Drawing upon the challenges experienced by partner agencies within the PPANI and SORAM arrangements in securing suitable accommodation for convicted sex offenders in both jurisdictions, the workshop seek to discuss the question ‘ how do agencies involved in public protection attempt to meet the accommodation needs of offenders, whilst at the same time providing protection and reassurance to local communities?’

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C9 - Workshop - 90 Minute

Making Interventions Interesting for Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Sexually Abusive Behaviour  

Jacqueline Page , Associate Professor/Licensed Clinical Psychologist, University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Dept of Psychiatry

The session focuses on interventions designed to capture the youth’s interest while addressing relevant areas of treatment. Activities to address motivation, learning styles, learning difficulties and other factors impacting the youth’s response to treatment will be presented. A method for developing creative interventions will be provided. The goal is for this interactive session to re-energise and provide you with helpful ideas.

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C10 - Workshop - 90 Minute

Motivational Interviewing and the Language of Change

David Prescott, Clinical Services Development Director, Becket Family of Services

This workshop focuses on key skills and concepts in motivational interviewing with adolescents. Importantly, it also covers recent changes made to MI as a model of change during the past several years. MI is a client-centered counseling method for exploring how and why a person might change, and is based upon a guiding style. Its principles and techniques match those known to produce positive outcomes with sexual abusers. MI can be very useful for motivating adolescents who are ambivalent about change and ambivalent about engaging in treatment.

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Thursday 19th September - 3.30pm - 5.00pm

D1 - Workshop - 90 Minute

What can you trust? A beginner’s guide to valid evidence

Professor Mitch Waterman, Professor of Forensic Psychological Science, University of Leeds

Professor Kieran McCartan, Professor in Criminology, University of the West of England

Honorary Professor Geraldine Akerman, Therapy Manager, HMP Grendon

A valid and reliable evidence-base is crucial for working with those who commit sexual abuse. But what makes research findings (i.e. ‘evidence’) trustworthy? This workshop will outline the main methods of inquiry that researchers use to generate evidence, and, more importantly, give delegates insight into the main sources of bias that make evidence untrustworthy. Real examples will be used, and delegates will have the opportunity to do some investigative work to decide if the evidence presented is valid, and also opportunities to identify how the research might be improved. By the end of the session, delegates will have developed greater critical insight, and be more secure in knowing what, as they encounter it, they can trust.

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D2 - Symposium - 90 Minute

Transnational child sex offending: tackling a growing international phenomenon

Derek Perkins, Ph.D. , Professor of Forensic Psychology, School of Law, Holloway University of London

Sarah Wefers, M.Sc, Doctoral Researcher and Demonstrator in Psychology, Sheffield Hallam University

Maggie Brennan, Ph.D., Lecturer in Psychology School of Psychology, University of Plymouth

This symposium brings together current information and issues in the area of transnational child sex offending. A systematic literature review highlights the need for further research on the characteristics of these offenders and posits implications for prevention. The results from an international, multi-agency expert roundtable on this topic, including the tourist industry, child protection, law enforcement and academia, yielded four areas for policy developing and related research. Finally, in an effort to bridge some of the formerly identified gaps in empirical knowledge, data on the modus operandi and characteristics of a sample of Australian travelling offender cases is presented, with a focus on profiles of offence motivation and facilitation.

Suitable for delegates with intermediate experience

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D3 - Symposium - 90 Minute

Developing a typology of child sexual abuse offending

Sophie Laws PhD, Deputy Director – Research and Evaluation The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse

Evelyn Sharples, Research and Evaluation Officer, The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse’s (CSA Centre) early research on perpetration has highlighted the challenges of developing appropriate and effective responses to perpetration of child sexual abuse (CSA). Part of this challenge stems from difficulties encountered in identifying patterns of offending and the contexts in which CSA offending occurs. The symposium will present on the three stages of the development of a typology of CSA offending. This symposium will open by describing how the CSA Centre aims to build on strengths, and address limitations, of previously developed typologies focusing on child sexual abuse in the development of a new typology focusing on CSA offending. Secondly, we will present the findings from a literature review which aimed to determine and outline lessons learned from previous typology development in CSA perpetration. This will culminate in presentation of the development and testing of a typology of CSA offending through a grounded theory approach.

At the end of the presentations, delegates will be invited to participate in a Q & A session which will help in strengthening the developed typology.

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D4 - Combined Workshop - 90 Minute

MY DIGITAL JOURNEY (MDJ) © -A reflective tool to help understand and chronicle a youth’s digital experience.

Heather Barbour B.S.W., R.S.W. , Clinical Social Worker, Private Practise

Karen Holladay, Dip.C.S. , RP, Registered Psychotherapist

We have developed a non-judgmental and developmentally appropriate, reflective tool to help understand and chronicle a youth’s digital experience, entitled My Digital Journey (MDJ) ©. It is intended to be used as an adjunct to supplement a comprehensive assessment for youth who have committed sexual offences (and children under the age of 12 that engage in concerning sexualized behaviour).

Suitable for delegates with intermediate experience 

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Harmful Sexual Behaviour framework 2019 and engaging health and education workforce in a joined up response

Pat Branigan, Development & Impact Manager, NSPCC

Prof Simon Hackett, Professor, Durham University

This session presents the second edition of the HSB operational framework launched in 2019. This is an opportunity to review the latest evidence that have been updated in the framework including CSE and HSB links, technology assisted HSB and effectiveness of interventions and assessments. Importantly much work has gone into engaging two large parts of the workforce – heath and education – and this workshop showcases the resources and tools now available to help support health and education recognise and respond to incidents of HSB. The session finishes with examples from across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland about how the framework has been used locally to build a response to HSB.

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D5 - Workshop - 90 Minute

Understanding and working with children under 12 years old with problematic or harmful sexual behaviours – An introduction to the new AIM Assessment Framework and Intervention guidance (2019)

Carol Carson, Manager, AIM Project

This workshop will provide an introduction to the new AIM Under 12s Assessment and Intervention Guidance (2019) It will provide information from research and practice about why younger children may develop problematic or harmful sexual behaviours and will give an overview of the AIM frameworks for assessing younger children’s sexual behaviour and ideas for interventions with children and their families.

The frameworks provide guidance on initial stage of assessment as to whether the behaviours are healthy, problematic or harmful. They then support a more in-depth analysis of the behaviour to understand the causal factors, patterns and payoffs. This develops a profile of the child and family essential to understanding what interventions and resources are required, and what needs to be prioritised

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D6 - Seminar - 90 Minute

Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Treatment Implications for Juveniles with ASD who have Sexually Abused and their Parents/Caregivers

Rhonda Turner, National Co-Manager, National Inter Agency Prevention Programme (NIAPP)

Judy McCarthy, National Co-Manager, National Inter Agency Prevention Programme (NIAPP)

Young people diagnosed with Autsitic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) comprise an increasing percentage of referrals for assessment and treatment for having exhibited sexually harmful behaviour.   As a result of their special needs, treatment plans and therapeutic style typically need to be ammended to affect postive treatment outcomes and reduce risk. This seminar will provide a brief overview of the disorder; and explore factors that may need to be addressed in clinical work both with the young person and their parents/caregivers, as well as suggestions for clinical practice.   The importance of work with parents/caregivers to understand their young person’s diagnosis and support their treatment plan will be highlighted.

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D7 - Workshop - 90 Minute

The Capacity & Ability to Supervise and Protect Framework (CASP) A structured professional judgement framework for practitioners completing an assessment of a proposed carer’s capacity and ability to supervise and protect a child at risk of sexual or domestic violence

Gareth McGibbon, Independent Social Worker, McGibbon Consultancy & Safeguarding Services

The Capacity & Ability to Supervise and Protect (CASP) framework has been developed to provide practitioners (social workers, psychologists, risk assessors) with a structured and evidenced based approach to assess a proposed carer’s capacity and ability to supervise a person of concern’s interaction with a child at risk, their resilience to manipulation of potential vulnerabilities and their ability to meet the child’s needs for safety, security and appropriate development.

Attendants will be provided with;

  • An overview of the framework.
  • A review of the assessment domains and associated items
  • An understanding of the CASP approach to inform and address conclusions of needs and strength

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D8 - Seminar - 90 Minute

Chemsex & Sexual Crime: Recognition, Assessment & Treatment

Stephen Morris, Chemsex & Crime Lead, SOTU (London Division HMPPS)

Serena Falzon, Project Co-ordinator, 'Wired - Connections in the Community' ( a members organisation for men recovering from chemsex related behaviours)

Chemsex is the term used to describe a specific sexual context and behaviour engaged in by a significant number of gay, bi-sexual men and men who have sex with men (MSM). The specific features define it as a sexual behaviour issue and not a substance misuse issue. Working in partnership with the Police and LGBT agencies, HMPPS has identified an increasing number of serious sexual crimes occurring in the chemsex context in all major cities in the UK and across Europe. Those involved present a range of unique challenges to practitioners due to the complexity of associated issues including: Identity, shame, internalised homophobia, secrecy, impaired mental health and extreme disinhibition This workshop will provide an overview of the issues involved, intelligence indicators, offender profiles, tools for case identification and a unique criminal justice based treatment resource based on principles of diversity. It will also share a model of community based support based on an adapted version of ‘Circles of Support and Accountability’

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D9 - Workshop - 90 Minute

WORKSHOP WITHDRAWN A National Strategy for Preventing Sexual Offending Amongst Children and Young People: Findings and Recommendations from the Scottish Government’s Expert Working Group

Stuart Allardyce, National Manager, Stop It Now! Scotland

Fiona Dyer ,Interim Director, Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice, Strathclyde University

The number of cases in Scotland reported to the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) involving a sexual offence committed against a child by a child rose by 34% between 2011/12 and 2015/16. A considerable proportion of cases involve cyber-enabled sexual crime. In 2017 the Scottish Government established an ‘Expert Working Group’ to gather evidence and report back in Spring 2019 on what changes in systems and practices are necessary to improve prevention of harmful sexual behaviour in adolescence in Scotland. The group has drawn on evidence from agencies, academics and young people themselves to inform its work. This workshop will outline the key findings of the Expert Working Group and how they arrived at their specific recommendations.

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D10 – Workshop – 90 Minute

Motivational interviewing: an examination of how an interviewer’s style affects outcomes.

Robin Jordan, Specialist Forensic Psychologist, BHSCT/Private Practice

Duncan Sheppard, Independent Consultant

This workshop will explore the process of clinical interviewing within the context of adult risk assessment. It is aimed at professionals who have experience interviewing adults for the purpose of risk assessment, and are already familiar with basic motivational interviewing techniques.

Linking theory with practice and using excerpts from interviews to illustrate the way in which the interviewer’s approach can impact on the interviewee, and, accordingly, the quality of the information gathered, the workshop will provide an opportunity for professionals to reflect on their own interviewing style and to consider some of the challenges inherent in this process.

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