School of Social Sciences hosts British Psychological Society workshop

The School of Social Sciences was delighted to host the British Psychological Society (BPS) Workshop in June, which was the first regional BPS Division of Forensic Psychology event for its members as part of its outreach agenda.

The School of Social Sciences was delighted to host the British Psychological Society (BPS) Workshop in June, which was the first regional BPS Division of Forensic Psychology event for its members as part of its outreach agenda.

The workshop was aimed at forensic psychologists and forensic professionals interested in developing their evidence-based practice through the dissemination of research work in relation to suicide in offenders, and encouraged the integration of research-based practice into services. The workshop also encouraged the integration of forensic professional services in the management of offenders at risk of suicide.

During the morning session, psychological theories of suicide and a focus on O'Connor's (2011) Interpersonal-Volitional Model (IMV) of suicide were introduced, which provided delegates with the opportunity to develop an understanding of pathways to suicidal behaviour in offenders. The workshop also considered the evidence-base in working with offenders at risk of suicide and considered appropriate identification, assessment and care-planning approaches that reflected the module. Finally, delegates considered key legal and practice issues in working with this population.

There were presentations from a range of forensic professionals which led discussion and action planning on the development of practice across forensic services.

Karen Slade, Lecturer in the Division of Psychology and conference organiser said: "I really enjoyed the Division of Forensic Psychology workshop as a valuable opportunity to consider and discuss this important topic with a wide range of enthusiastic forensic professionals from across services. The day provided us with the chance to consider the area from new angles and discuss the ways ways in which we can work together to make a real difference."

School of Social Sciences hosts British Psychological Society workshop

Published on 17 August 2015
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