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Supervision and Individual Outcomes in Forensic Settings

Event number: 19323
6 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Professor Jason Davies

Workshop 1 - Contemporary Issues in Practitioner Supervision

The highly important task of providing practice based supervision to those who work in forensic settings has been largely overlooked within practitioner training and continuing professional development. As a result, the knowledge and skills required by the supervisor and supervisee is largely based on personal experience rather than best practice evidence.

This workshop will combine taught and experiential components to examine the core features associated with good quality supervision and explore how formal models and frameworks might be used within supervision to enhance practice. Drawing on approaches to adult learning, the skills of the supervisor and supervisee will be examined and the impact of the service context will be considered. Key issues within forensic practice supervision such as risk and boundaries, ethical issues, supervising (multi-professional) groups and group treatment, and overcoming problems will be outlined.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

1.  Appraise the relative merits of a number of supervision models and when they might be most usefully applied

2.  Assess their own supervision style, strengths and learning needs

3.  Consider the impact of the context on supervision

4.  Determine how to recognise and respond to key issues within the supervision they receive and / or provide

Workshop 2 - The Art and Science of Assessing Individual Outcomes

Outcome research within forensic and correctional settings has been dominated by group-based approaches.  However, there is an increasing focus, partly encouraged by the requirements of parole and case review processes on understanding change and reporting outcomes at the individual level.

This workshop will focus on current approaches to assessing individual change and how these methods can also be valuable for reporting service level outcomes.  The importance of assessment and formulation in the development of individual outcome measurement will be explored and ways to use existing data as well as methods for collecting specific data will be examined.  It will be argued that practitioners have a growing duty to consider their individual level outcomes and that by doing so, treatment is likely to be enhanced and potential harms minimised.  Ways of engaging ‘service users’ in outcome evaluation will be considered along with strategies to embed individual outcome assessment into practice through a focus on clinically meaningful and clinically relevant change. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

1.  Apply approaches to outcome measurement to their assessment and / or intervention practice

2.  Justify when and how to apply individual outcome measurement

3.  Identify outcome variables from clinical assessment and formulation

4.  Appraise their own and others outcomes to inform practice

5.  Engage with service users to gather outcome data

6.  Determine whether change is clinically relevant and / or meaningful 

About the presenter(s)

Jason Davies is Professor of Forensic and Clinical Psychology at Swansea University (South Wales, UK) and Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist with ABMU Health Board. Clinically he has worked in high, medium and low secure and community based forensic mental health services in the UK. He has published research using quantitative and qualitative methods on topics including treatment impact, staff support, performance and wellbeing, sadistic interest, psychometric measurement, service development and hoarding. He is particularly interested in promoting and supporting practitioners to consider the range of factors associated with clinical change, an interest that includes staff support and supervision, treatment models and approaches, common and critical factors within treatments and ways to measure individual change. He is currently supervising research on topics such as intimate partner violence, clinical case
formulation, rule breaking and language use in online grooming. He has presented his work at national and international conferences and has published in mental health, forensic, rehabilitation and psychology journals. He has published three academic books (two edited, one authored): Research in Practice for Forensic Professionals (2011), Supervision for Forensic Professionals (2016) and Individual Psychological Therapies in Forensic Settings: Research and Practice (2017).


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Hackney Hotel
95 Hackney Road
Hackney, SA 5069
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 14/2/2018
End date: 14/2/2018
Time: Workshop 1: 9.15am to 12:45pm. Workshop 2: 1:30pm to 5pm


Participants are able to register for both workshops at a discounted rate, or can register for one workshop session only.
Details of pricing can be found via the registration page.


APS - College of Forensic Psychologists - SA
Contact Oscar Williams
08 8343 0458