Dr Vincent Egan discusses the International Congress on Applied Psychology conference

Dr Vincent Egan, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist at the Centre for Forensic and Family Psychology (University of Nottingham), was invited to speak at the International Congress on Applied Psychology conference in a symposium on sadism. The International Congress on Applied Psychology (ICAP) conference was held in Montreal over five very hot days in late June, 2018; …

Psychometric tools can be hard to find – some helpful links to free online resources

Psychometric tools include the questionnaires we use for psychological assessments. In both research and practice, psychometrics allow us to objectively measure things like personality traits, behaviours, emotional experiences and psychological symptoms. Psychometrics are big business, for example the most accurate IQ tests cost over £1000 and require specialist training to administer. Students and trainees often …

Supervisor training with the Doctorate in Forensic Psychology – DForenPsy

I’m fairly certain that anyone who has worked in forensic services or in mental healthcare will testify that it can be a challenging and yet hugely rewarding field. Working as a junior (or even senior!) clinician in such an area can be a steep learning curve and can take its toll on even the most …

Therapeutic community visit at HMP Grendon for DForenPsy student Robyn Price

Robyn (DForenPsy student) discusses visiting a therapeutic community at HMP Grendon. Recently, I attended an optional open day at HMP Grendon therapeutic community in Buckinghamshire.  This was not a requirement of the Doctorate in Forensic Psychology, but one of many learning opportunities that the University of Nottingham encourage students to attend.  Admittedly, I have not …

Music as a metaphor in psychology – thoughts from a forensic psychologist

Dr Simon Duff discusses music as a metaphor and an inspiration in formulation and forensic psychology The work that we do is demanding and complex. For that reason I find that it is useful to seek inspiration to help me, wherever it springs from. The great Steve Perry sang, “I believe that every soul has …

Publishing research – tips for publishing your first article in Psychology

Publishing your first paper in psychology is naturally daunting but hugely rewarding. Publishing research allows you to share your work with the world. You can have a real impact on theory and practice. It will also help your career and employment prospects. I am still early in my research career, but I have published my …

Becoming a Qualified Forensic Psychologist: “Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy”

Katie Timmins discusses her experiences of being a Trainee Forensic Psychologist. From presenting at the BPS Conference and pursuing her Research Interests, through to taking part in an ‘Inspire me’ event for aspiring undergraduates at Leeds Beckitt University. Being a trainee on the DForenPsy can be difficult. There are some days where you feel elated when …

Conference attendance can be nerve-wracking for students – Harriet Dymond (Forensic and Criminological MSc student) discusses her experiences of going to her first conference on the prevention of sexual offending

Harriet Dymond is a Forensic and Criminological Psychology MSc student at the University of Nottingham, researching the prevention of sexual offending. StopSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Prevention of Sexual Offending) are a UK based charity. They work tirelessly to offer support and therapeutic intervention to victims of sexual offences, and those at risk, or …

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and offending behaviour – sharing postgraduate research with professionals from the national autistic society

Omer Linenberg (DForenPsy trainee) discusses sharing her research into Pathological Demand Avoidance and offending with professionals from the National Autistic society at Robert Ogden School. The day was sunny as I walked up the lane to the Robert Ogden School in Rotherham. It’s a very unassuming place, I thought to myself as I saw it. …

Conference presentation with the BPS for Elspeth Dustagheer (DForenPsy trainee)

Elspeth Dustagheer discusses her experiences of presenting her research on public perceptions of revenge pornography at the BPS annual conference As part of the Forensic Psychology Doctorate at The University of Nottingham (DForenPsy), Forensic Psychologists in Training are required to present their research at a national conference. Having previously produced an interactive poster of my …