Dr L B – Consultant Forensic Psychologist

My main areas of expertise include: the assessment of violence, including domestic violence and risk of sexual violence; personality disorder assessment including psychopathy; assessment of cognitive skills and problem solving ability.

My practice has allowed me to specialise in counselling needs in post-traumatic stress disorder cases; management of high risk individuals in criminal justice settings; treatment options for addressing trauma in women prisoners with personality disorder; and interventions for offenders including women, young offenders, violent offenders, psychopathic offenders and extremists.

As a member of the Parole Board for England and Wales since 2004, I contribute to release decisions and advise non-specialist colleagues on risk of reconviction and risk of harm in high risk violent and sexual offenders.

My experience working within an international offending behaviour programmes arena has allowed me to incorporate my experience in dealing with alcohol-related offending, dangerous and severe personality disorder, and personality-disordered female offenders and young offenders into my forensic practice in both family and criminal proceedings.

I have received formal PCL-R assessment of psychopathy training from the Darkstone Organisation and Robert Hare achieving the Gold Standard of competency. I have also completed advanced training in PCL-R usage (Prof Stephen Hart).

I have been trained, and am qualified to train others, in the use of the HCR-20 risk assessment of violence. I am also trained in the use of SARA (assessment of domestic  violence risk) and RSVP (risk of sexual violence). I am qualified to administer an IPDE assessment of personality disorder.

I have been awarded Primary and Advanced Practicum Certification in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy at the Albert Ellis Institute, New York.

Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Social & Developmental Psychology – 1988

Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Hons) Social Psychology (First Class) – 1984

Professional Qualifications & Memberships

Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society

Chartered Psychologist (BPS number 22205)

Registered Forensic Psychologist, Health Professions Council (PYL02690)

Areas of expertise

Family and Capacity

– Parenting assessment including risk assessment of physical and sexual abuse, violence (including domestic violence) and partners’ ability to protect

– Substance abuse and dependence in a forensic context

– Assessment of cognitive skills and problem-solving ability

– Assessment of anger traits and anger management skills

– Personality disorder, including psychopathy, and implications for behavioural management

– Parental/relationship skills and response to stress

– Assessment of  an individual’s insight into their mental health/addiction issues and the impact on parenting/relationship ability and behavioural management

Criminal

– Fitness to plead (including intellectual ability)

– Management of violent / sexual offenders in the community

– Assessment of risk for future offending behaviour/violence, including domestic and sexual violence

– Risk of reconviction and risk of harm in high risk violent and sexual offenders

– Assessment and diagnosis of Psychopathy (PCL-R)

– Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the assessment of psychological consequences of trauma

Membership of Professional Bodies

Registered Forensic Psychologist – Health Professions Council

Member of The British Psychological Society

Associate Fellow British Psychological Society

Affiliate Member of the American Psychological Association

Member of the American Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology

Relevant Previous Positions

Principal Psychologist and Head of the Living Skills Team, Offending Behaviour Programmes Unit, HM Prison Service

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