The Tizard Centre

Community Based Forensic Services Conference 2017

Two day Conference, 8th & 9th March 2017 at Friends House, Euston, London NW1 2BJ.
Developing community-based forensic services for people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism:  policy and practice.

This is an exciting two-day workshop for those working with people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism within community-based settings who are looking to broaden their knowledge about how to manage and respond to criminal offending behaviours.   Many regions in England are looking to develop community-based forensic services in line with the recommendations that have arisen following the publication of “Transforming Care and Building the Right Support”. During this workshop, we will hear about challenges and successes experienced by clinicians who are working within long-standing community-based forensic services and those who are working within services that have been developed more recently.  Alongside this, we will spend time explaining a variety of psychological interventions within community settings, including programmes aimed at specific types of offences (eg sexual offending) or programmes aimed at offending more broadly (eg the EQUIP programme), alongside interventions that help service users to better understand and manage their risks as part of a collaborative risk assessment process, as well as the use of positive behavioural support within forensic settings.

Speakers include;
Prof Glynis Murphy is a chartered clinical and forensic psychologist, HCPC member and fellow of the British Psychological Society. She was President of the IASSIDD from 2008-2012 and co-editor of the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities until the end of 2014.  She was co-editor of Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities until the end of 2014 and works at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent.  She was chair of the UK Government’s NICE guidelines development group for challenging behaviour and learning disabilities 2013-2015.  In 2013 Prof Murphy was awarded the MB Shapiro award for clinical psychology by the British Psychological Society.  In 2014 she was elected a member of the Academy of Social Sciences.  For many years, she has had research interests in challenging behaviour, autism, sexuality, abuse, forensic issues, mental capacity and the law in intellectual disabilities. 

Dr Rachel Holt is a Clinical Psychologist who has worked with service users with intellectual disabilities for 8 years.  In February 2016, she started a new post, developing the Offending Behaviour Intervention Service (OBIS).  OBIS is a small, multi-disciplinary service that sits within community learning disability services in Hertfordshire.  OBIS works with service users who may or may not have had contact with the Criminal Justice System, and who present an active and high risk to others.
Dr Peter Langdon
is an Honorary Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist working for Hertfordshire Partnership NHS University Foundation Trust in Norfolk within secure services for people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism.  He is also Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the Tizard Centre, University of Kent.  He has twice been an NIHR Research Fellow and has published widely in the area of forensic issues with people who have intellectual disabilities and/or autism.  He is currently the co-Editor of the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.

Ellie Gordon is the national forensic lead for the learning disability programme in NHS England.  A mental health nurse Ellie has a number of years of experience of working with and within the criminal justice system and is using this experience to support the transformation of community forensic provision to meet the needs of people with learning disability and autism

Dr Wendy Goodman is a registered Mental Health Nurse and she leads Avon Forensic CLDT based in Bristol.  The team is employed by Avon and Wiltshire NHS Partnership Trust to provide a tertiary service to adults with LD who have offended or are considered at risk of offending in the Avon area.  Prior to being one of the founding members of this team, which was set up in 2000, Wendy worked in medium secure settings for 12 years.  She has particular interest in service user involvement and raising awareness of the needs of people who have learning disabilities in the Criminal Justice System.

Dr Bronwen Davies is a Principal Clinical Psychologist at Caswell Clinic medium secure forensic service and within the Specialist Behavioural Learning Disability Team in South Wales. Prior to training as a clinical psychologist her background was in learning disability nursing and she has previously worked in community, assessment and treatment and forensic services within nursing. Bronwen has also engaged in leadership and clinical behavioural specialist roles. She has gained additional qualifications in “Positive Behavioural Support” to the Professional diploma level. Currently, a part of her role is to promote PBS within Caswell Clinic. This has been evaluated and to date there have been four journal publications  and a number of conference presentations including to the Department of Health, Division of Clinical Psychology and the Royal College of Nursing within the Positive and Safe Agenda.

Registration: Please go to the University of Kent online store to register and pay. This is a two day Conference including refreshments £230 per delegate (lunch not provided)

Directions to Friends House, 173 Euston Road, Euston, London NW1 2BJ

For further information please contact Dr Peter Langdon


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Last Updated: 07/12/2016