Consultancy and Advising in Forensic Practice: Empirical and Practical Guidelines
- The first publication to apply consultancy literature to a forensic setting
- Provides a combination of the theoretical and practical underpinnings needed in consultancy work, offering a development of knowledge with practical application
- Brings together papers from researchers, academics, practitioners and consultants within forensic psychology whilst drawing upon expertise in business consultancy and administration
- Chapters combine psychological, ethical, managerial and evaluative aspects into themed summaries
- Offers directions for further study and practice development
Notes on Contributors.
Part I: Consultancy and Advising from a Theoretical Perspective.
1. The Role of a Consultant: Function, Skills, Competences and Presentation (Carol A. Ireland).
2. Key Stages and Factors in the Consultancy Process and Relationship: The Importance of Stakeholders, Organisational Boundaries, Culture and Their Management (Carol A. Ireland).
3. Theoretically Driven Training and Consultancy: From Design to Evaluation (David Vickers, Eliza Morgan and Alice Moore).
4. Ethical Considerations in the Consultancy and Advisory Process (Susan Cooper and Martin Fisher).
Part II: Consultancy and Advising from a Practical Perspective.
5. The Application of Cognitive Interview Techniques as Part of an Investigation (Andy Griffiths and Becky Milne).
6. Acting as the Consultant Advisor in a Crisis Situation (Martin Fisher and Carol A. Ireland).
7. Legal Consulting: Providing Expertise in Written and Oral Testimony (Jane L. Ireland).
8. The Development of a Practical Behavioural Change Framework: A Case Study within a National Law Enforcement Agency (Simon Keslake and Ian Pendlington).
9. Examining the Link between Performance and Employee Engagement in a Forensic Setting: Case Enough to Perform Well? (Suzy Dale).
10. Inspecting Secure Institutions (Louise Falshaw).
11. Effective Training in Action: From Contracting to Evaluation (Eliza Morgan, David Vickers and Alice Moore).
12. Systemic Failure and Human Error (Adrian Needs).
13. Project Management: Towards More Effective Applied Psychology (Roisin Hall and Donald Darroch).
Martin J. Fisher is a Chartered Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society and a Chartered Scientist. He currently works as Consultant Forensic Psychologist in the Public Sector Bids Unit of NOMS, is an Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychologist at a Regional Secure Unit, and a visiting lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Portsmouth University. He has delivered crisis negotiation and other consultancy services to prison governors and senior management since 1992. As well as being the Continuing Professional Development Lead, he is the Consultations Lead for the British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology.
"Consultancy and advising in forensic practice covers a range of topics in relation to the involvement of psychological approaches in forensic work within the consultation process and training approaches . . . It is a practical guide and is very informative, and it is careful in its application of structures and theories,
and advises understanding theoretical knowledge and deliberation about the best approach for any given area." (British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1 August 2011)
‘Organisations have responsibilities to deliver
evidence-based services: psychologists have the skills to deliver
the services, but need to be aware of and provide evaluation
evidence that supports the over-arching values and needs of the
organisations that hire them. Such evaluation evidence may indicate
that changes are required; but then such changes would be
defensible and evidence-based, and not merely a change for the sake
of change. In sum, this is an excellent book for all consultant
psychologists and I thoroughly recommend it as a core text for any
practitioner's book shelf.’
—Douglas P. Boer, Associate Professor of Psychology, The University of Waikato, New Zealand
‘This innovative text has long been needed and makes a
uniquely valuable contribution to forensic practice. It covers both
theoretical and practical issues, and will be of great interest and
value to all professionals working in the forensic
—David Farrington, Professor of Psychological Criminology, Cambridge University, UK