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Please ~ sit nearer the front…. … and turn off your mobile Thanks. Careers In Forensic Psychology Fern Hodges, CPsychol (foren) Head of Psychology, HMP&YOI Onley Practioner-Lecturer, Coventry University. Careers in Forensic Psychology: Overview. - Employers + types of work

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please sit nearer the front

Please ~sit nearer the front….

… and turn off your mobile

Thanks.

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Careers

In

Forensic Psychology

Fern Hodges, CPsychol (foren)

Head of Psychology, HMP&YOI Onley

Practioner-Lecturer, Coventry University

careers in forensic psychology overview
Careers in Forensic Psychology: Overview

- Employers + types of work

- More detail on prison psychology

- Where to look for jobs

- Steps to registration as a chartered psychologist

- Turning experience into applications

- Questions (but also ask all through)

careers in forensic psychology employers
~ National Health Service

~ Private Forensic Residential Firms

~ Police

~ Universities

~ Ministry of Justice (NOMS)

~ HM Prison Service

~ Private Custodial Firms

~ Probation

~ Youth Offending Teams

~ Private Practice

Careers in Forensic Psychology: Employers
national health service
National Health Service +
  • Clinical work (including risk assessment)
  • Lateral transfer possible for forensic
  • Assistant psychologist post

(PCTs, “specials”, DSPD = growth area)

> clinical training course

(Leeds clearing house)

  • Huge competition to get on courses
  • + Private firms
police non crime
Police – Non-Crime
  • Training

(Some done by occupational psychologists)

  • Research

(University of Surrey has strong links)

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/research.htm

police behavioural investigative analysis
PoliceBehavioural Investigative Analysis
  • Accredited – very few!
  • Individuals from

- Police officers

- Clinical psychologists

- Forensic psychiatrist (doctor)

- Academic

  • National Policing Improvement Agency – Serious Crime Analysis Section http://www.npia.police.uk/en/5222.htm
  • Liverpool University MSc course
research in other forensic areas
Research in other forensic areas
  • Universities
  • PhD
  • Ministry of Justice (NOMS)

Research, Development and Statistics

(formerly part of Home Office)

http://www.justice.gov.uk/jobs/current-vacancies.htm (all types)

offenders outside prisons other custody community
Offenders outside prisons(Other Custody/Community)

Juveniles

~Youth Offending Teams

(Run by county councils)

~Secure Training Centres

(Four - all privately run)

http://www.yjb.gov.uk/en-gb/

hm prison service psychology
HM Prison Service Psychology
  • Delivery of agreed organisational objectives
  • Understanding of individuals and the organisation
  • Design of strategies for change
  • Evaluation of effectiveness
prison and probation
Prison and Probation
  • Individual prisoners
  • Assessment – including Risk Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Life-sentenced prisoners
  • Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder
  • (DSPD) – also NHS Special Hospitals
  • Counselling (but rare)
prison and probation1
Prison and Probation

Group work with offenders

  • Accredited programmes

Tutor, treatment manager

http://www.crimereduction.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingoffenders/workingoffenders12.htm

  • Other group work programmes

(Planning, delivery, evaluation, approval

under Prison Service Order 4350)

http://www.hmprisonservice.gov.uk/resourcecentre/psispsos/listpsos/

staff training
Staff Training
  • Stress management
  • HIV/AIDS awareness
  • Suicide awareness
  • Report writing
  • Work with life sentenced prisoners
  • Incident negotiation
  • Offence parallelling behaviour
management work
Management work
  • Regime evaluation
  • Monitoring schemes
  • Key performance indicators
  • Consultancy – varied topics

(examples next slide)

research consultancy some examples
Research/consultancy - some examples

-Bullying (prevalence +)

-Drug use

-Evaluation of interventions

-Staff views of association style

-Travelling community

looking for jobs
Looking for Jobs
  • Local newspaper
  • Job centres
  • BPS Appointments Memorandum
  • Professional house magazines
  • HMPS & DH vacancy alerts

(sign up on website)

  • Internet – other (eg private prisons/health)
  • National newspapers

(eg “The Guardian”, particularly on Wednesdays)

looking for experience
Looking for experience
  • Difficult for prison staff to take you on
  • Try other employers
  • Offer substantial time over long period

(Not shadowing, not just a visit,

not just one day per week)

  • Often administrative tasks

(Including SPSS data entry)

  • Placement year?
registration as a chartered forensic psychologist
Registration as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist

Step 1 GBR

(You needed this to get onto this MSc course)

Step 2 BPS Diploma in Forensic Psychology Stage 1

-either DFP exams + publishable research (now one piece)

with oral exam on the methods

-or accredited MSc (19)

Step 3 BPS Diploma in Forensic Psychology Stage 2

-Two years’ supervised practice >

step 2 accredited msc
Step 2 Accredited MSc
  • BPS web site lists these in different applied specialisms

http://www.bps.org.uk/careers/accredited-courses/accredited-courses_home.cfm?frmAction=results&Course_IDs_Selected=&CourseType=PG&Search_Type=NC&OrderBy=NAME&OrderDir=ASC&INSTITUTION_NUMBER=&TRAINING_COMMITTEE=DFPTC

  • Eg locally

Coventry University (2)

University of Birmingham (3)

University of Leicester (2)

registration as a chartered forensic psychologist1
Registration as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist

Step 3 Supervised Practice

Show competence in four core roles:

~ 1 Conducting psychological applications and interventions

~ 2 Research

~ 3 Communicating psychological knowledge and advice to other professionals

~ 4 Training other professionals in psychological skills and knowledge

… long haul

demonstrating competence using your experience
Demonstrating competenceusing your experience
  • All jobs in HMPS/Probation Psychology

~ Job specification listing competences required

~ Use experience from work, university, family/social life

hmps job competences 1 of 3
HMPS Job Competences 1 of 3

Three groups, each with four competences

  • Working professionally
  • Working with others
  • Working to achieve results
hmps competences 2 of 3
HMPS Competences 2 of 3

Achieving a safe and secure environment

Persuading and influencing

Caring

Organising and maximising performance

Embracing change

Developing self and others

hmps job competences 3 of 3
HMPS Job Competences 3 of 3

Showing drive and resilience

Acting with integrity

Respecting others

Building relationships and team working

Problem solving and decision making

Communicating effectively

you could be
You could be …

a volunteer mentor, a youth worker, a Social Services community support worker, a social worker, a volunteer Youth Offending Panel member, a YOT worker, on a prison’s Independent Monitoring Board, a drugs worker, a community psychiatric nurse or mental health nurse, educational support worker, a worker with an offenders’ charitable organisation such as Apex Trust, NACRO or SOVA, a prison officer, a prison governor, a police officer , etc

big but
Big “but….”
  • Examine your motives ….
  • People don’t stop offending because a well meaning person wants to help them….
useful web addresses bps and government
Useful web addresses – BPS and government
  • http://www.bps.org.uk/careers/careers_home.cfm
  • http://www.justice.gov.uk/
  • www.hmprisonservice.gov.uk
  • http://www.hmprisonservice.gov.uk/assets/documents/10003800forensic_psych_info_sheet.doc http://www.niprisonservice.gov.uk/index.cfm/area/information/page/recruitment
  • http://www.sps.gov.uk/default.aspx?documentid=1fabe0e7-b570-4f14-a8a6-76f94b0b4d08
useful web addresses operators of private prisons or secure training centres
Useful web addresses(Operators of private prisons or secure training centres)
  • http://www.kalyxservices.com/index.htm
  • http://www.gslglobal.com/career
  • http://www.serco.co.uk/markets/homeaffairs/offendermanagement/Index.asp
  • www.reboundecd.com
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Useful web addresses(Operators of other forensic units + recruitment specialists covering forensic work)
  • www.partnershipsincare.co.uk/jobs
  • www.careprinciples.com/careers.html
  • http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/
  • http://www.affinityhealth.co.uk/careers.htm
  • http://www.alphahospitals.co.uk/about.asp
  • http://www.cygnethealth.co.uk/about-us/
  • http://www.pulsestaffing.co.uk/
  • http://www.raphaelhealthcare.org.uk
useful web addresses other
Useful web addresses- other

jobs.ac.uk

some psychology jobs

www.peopleunlimited.co.uk

not-for-profit jobs

www.changeitnow.co.uk

HMPS senior prison manager programme, closed Sept in 2008 but keep a look out for next year (for those with some management experience)

www.backstop.org.uk

jobs in youth and criminal justice

http://www.saferlondonfoundation.org/

organises volunteer mentors to work with ex-offenders

http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/

for mental health jobs – keep looking and explore unpromising job titles

useful web addresses even more
Useful web addresses – even more

www.do-it.org.uk

Site with voluntary work opportunities

– some will have forensic relevance

http://www.rethinking.org.uk/informed/pdf/what.pdf

Booklet about ways of getting involved

in the criminal justice system

prepared by “Rethinking Crime and Punishment” (RCP),

a charitably-funded grant-making organisation

which seeks to raise the standard of public debate

about the use of imprisonment and other punishments.

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