Functional analysis: A simple worked example of a (fictional!) case

Functional analysis Functional analysis is a model of psychological formulation designed to understand the functions of human behaviour. It has its origins in behavioural psychology. At its core, functional analysis assumes that all behaviour is learned, and that all behaviours serve some purpose. This applies equally to challenging behaviours (such as violence or self-harm) as …

Careers in Forensic Psychology

Careers in forensic psychology in the UK are both challenging and rewarding. I became a forensic psychologist because I believe that sometimes the people in the most distress will come to the criminal justice system before any other service. I’ve put together this post to explain a bit about what we do, and some of …

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 (ICAP) conference in a symposium on sadism. The ICAP conference The ICAP conference was held in Montreal over five very hot days in late June, 2018; one …

Psychometric tools – links to free online resources

Psychometric tests can be hard to find, we have collated some helpful links to free online resources that our staff and students have found helpful. Psychometric tools 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 …

Supervisor training with the Doctorate in Forensic Psychology – DForenPsy

Supervisor training 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 …

Therapeutic community visit at HMP Grendon for DForenPsy student Robyn Price

Therapeutic communities 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 …

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

Music as a metaphor in psychology 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, …

Publishing research – tips for publishing your first article in Psychology

Publishing research 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 …

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. Becoming a Qualified Psychologist Being a trainee on the DForenPsy can be difficult. There are some days where …

Experiences of a conference on the prevention of sexual offending

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 A conference on the prevention of sexual offending StopSO (Specialist Treatment Organisation for the Prevention of Sexual Offending) are a UK based charity. They work …