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Consultancy and Advising in Forensic Practice: Empirical and Practical Guidelines

ISBN: 978-0-470-66149-9
290 pages
February 2010
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The first publication to apply the modern theory and techniques in the consultancy process, presenting a clear, practical approach targeted specifically at forensic issues and contexts. 
  • 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
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Table of Contents

Series Editors’ Preface.

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).



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Author Information

Carol A. Ireland is a Chartered Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. She works at the University of Central Lancashire as the Director of Studies for the MSc in Forensic Psychology, and leads on the postgraduate qualifications for the Child Exploitation Online Protection Agency (CEOP). In addition, Dr Ireland works for Mersey Care NHS Trust at Ashworth High Secure Hospital, where she is lead for group sex offender therapies and crisis (hostage) negotiation. She manages her own consultancy firm, delivering expert witness reports, training and consultancy, and is currently Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Forensic Psychology.

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.

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"This practical book is easy to read, with helpful tables and figures, and gives readers a good sense of the consultation process. Its step-by-step approach will make it helpful to individuals who are beginning to do work in this area." (Doody's, 14 October 2011)

"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)

‘This is an erudite text that takes the psychological client service model back a step or two and uses it to inform how consultant psychologists can work better with the organisations that fund their work. This is important since psychologists are generally trained in working with client's best interests in mind, but not in how to provide services with the organisation's interests in mind. This book provides guidance and practical advice on how to do the latter more effectively and comprehensively.

‘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 arena.’
David Farrington, Professor of Psychological Criminology, Cambridge University, UK

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