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Paraphilias: Shades of Grey, Black or Red?

18th April 2024 - 1pm – 4pm

ONLINE via MS Teams


Assessing sexual abusive behaviour is fundamentally about gaining insight into an individual’s sexual interests and why they have chosen to have their sexual gratification in the manner in which has caused harm to others. However, as practitioners, whether in our interviewing of victims or the person of concern, we need to seek to look beyond the actions of body parts alone. The diversity of what gives an individual pleasure must be explored, why it gives the person pleasure, how they first discovered this and what role it had to play in their commission of sexual abuse. As a psychosexual therapist the contextual understanding of how a person meets their sexual needs is important to fully understand the why the particular activity / object / person / place / clothing creates such pleasure but critically at what stage it crossed from an unusual sexual interest to sexual offending. This webinar will explore paraphilias , the considerations for assessing risk, victim experience and trauma specific impact as well as addressing these in interventions. 


Marcella Leonard MBE

Is Director of Leonard Consultancy and qualified as a social worker in 1989. Marcella has specialised in assessment and therapy in the fields of sexuality, sexual deviancy and trauma with both victims and perpetrators. Marcella co-ordinated the management of sex and violent offenders in Northern Ireland and has worked with several jurisdictions to establish their statutory management of sex and domestic / violent offenders. As Director of Leonard Consultancy, Marcella works internationally including Abu Dhabi, Gibraltar, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Estonia, Norway as well as throughout UK and Ireland. She delivers specialist safeguarding training to sports, criminal justice, religious, educational, social care, voluntary and statutory organisations which includes assessing and managing sexual and violent risk, consultancy, strategic and safeguarding policy development. She undertakes Sports and Statutory Case Management Reviews for organisations, training safeguarding officers and assisting organisations strategically and operationally to have robust safeguarding for children and adults at risk. Marcella’s practice, as a therapist with victims and survivors, is grounded in a trauma informed humanistic approach which is also embedded in her training and consultancy work.

Marcella has written several book chapters and co-authored articles in relevant professional journals and regularly provides expert opinion to media outlets as well as expert advisor to several documentaries for television productions. She is co-author of the AIM3 Adolescent Model of Assessment with Professor Simon Hackett and the CASP-R Ability to Protect and Supervise – Risk assessment model with Gareth Mc Gibbon.

Marcella is currently a panel member of the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse redress scheme assisting in the analysis of the harm caused to people when they were children whilst resident in child care and criminal justice institutions.

Marcella was awarded the MBE in the Kings Birthdays Honours in 2023 for services to social work in Northern Ireland and Internationally.

Marcella is the Chair of the Commonwealth Games Federation Safeguarding Panel

Marcella has been awarded NSPCC and Association of Child Protection Practitioners UK Child Protection Trainer of the Year 2019


Costs: £30.00 Member and £50.00 Non Member