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I joined HM Prison Service in 2004, initially working as a Psychological Assistant. In 2005 I was promoted to Trainee Psychologist and I enrolled part time on the MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at York University. My role in the prison involved facilitating intervention programmes with female offenders, predominantly in the area of substance misuse. In 2009 I moved to Cheswold Park Hospital, a low and medium secure forensic psychiatric hospital. Here, I gained experience in a wide range of areas of forensic psychology and mental health, working with men diagnosed with mental illness, personality disorder and learning disability. From 2010-2012 I was also employed as an Associate Lecturer at Bradford University where I co-developed and delivered an undergraduate module on forensic psychology.
I have completed Stage 2 of the Qualification in Forensic Psychology which led me to achieve chartered status in Early 2016. My particular interests lie in developing and running interventions to motivate change in clients in the areas of sexual offending, substance misuse and antisocial/violent behaviour. I am a certified Group Schema Therapist and I am the hospital lead in this area of treatment.
I am currently working on a chapter on Group Schema Therapy in a Forensic Psychiatric Hospital for a book on the applications of schema in forensic settings.
MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology