Consultancy and Advising in Forensic Practice: Empirical and Practical Guidelines / Edition 1

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"áThis 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" "Consultancy and Advising in Forensic Practice addresses the current lack of literature relevant to undertaking a consultancy role within a forensic setting. Simultaneously drawing upon expertise from academia, business consultancy and administration, this edited volume presents the modern theoretical underpinnings of the consultancy process and applies a clear, practical approach that is targeted specifically at forensic issues and contexts." Topics covered include the application of consultancy to operational crisis situations, and the role of the consultant in advisory capacities relevant to organisational effectiveness, such as strategic direction, cultural change, staff performance, and the management, development, implementation and evaluation of substantive organisational projects. Chapters draw on professional experience as well as formal literature, combining psychological, ethical, managerial and evaluative aspects into themed summaries that enhance the reader's understanding and signpost directions for further study and practice development.

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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)

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: Part of the Forensic Practice series, this book discusses consultation in forensic settings, including jails, prisons, healthcare and social service settings, and police departments.
Purpose: Written to address the lack of literature in this area, the book "presents the modern theoretical underpinnings of the consultancy process and applies a clear, practical approach that is targeted specifically at forensic issues and contexts."
Audience: It is intended for psychologists and professionals in forensic settings at all levels of experience. Both editors are chartered and forensic psychologists and hold positions with the British Psychological Society's Division of Forensic Psychology. Carol A. Ireland is chair of the division, while Martin J. Fisher is the consultations lead and the continuing professional development lead.
Features: The book begins with the role and requirements of the consultant and notes the important stages in the consultancy process such as the relationship, organizational culture, problem definition, possible solutions, and client feedback. The authors discuss the theoretical foundation of consultation from a behavioral, cognitive, and social perspective. The first part concludes with a discussion of ethics, touching on exploitation, insensitivity, competence, and validity and reliability. The second part focuses on the pragmatics of consultation, spending a lot of time on interview techniques and expert witness testimony, both written and oral, and presenting a study of HM Prison Service related to employee motivation and performance. The book ends with a review of the process from contract to evaluation, and understanding organizational and human failure.
Assessment: 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. Although it focuses on forensic practices in the U.K., the principles can be applied in other countries as well.
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Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface

Notes on Contributors


Part I Consultancy and Advising from a Theoretical Perspective 1

1 The Role of a Consultant Function, Skills, Competences and Presentation Carol A. Ireland Ireland, Carol A. 1

2 Key Stages and Factors in the Consultancy Process and Relationship: The Importance of Stakeholders, Organisational Boundaries, Culture and Their Management Carol A. Ireland Ireland, Carol A. 17

3 Theoretically Driven Training and Consultancy: From Design to Evaluation Alice Moore Moore, Alice 35

4 Ethical Considerations in the Consultancy and Advisory Process Martin Fisher Fisher, Martin 51

Part II Consultancy and Advising from a Practical Perspective 69

5 The Application of Cognitive Interview Techniques as Part of an Investigation Becky Milne Milne, Becky 71

6 Acting as the Consultant Advisor in a Crisis Situation Carol A. Ireland Ireland, Carol A. 91

7 Legal Consulting: Providing Expertise in Written and Oral Testimony Jane L. Ireland Ireland, Jane L. 108

8 The Development of a Practical Behavioural Change Framework: A Case Study within a National Law Enforcement Agency Ian Pendlington Pendlington, Ian 123

9 Examining the Link between Performance and Employee Engagement in a Forensic Setting: Care Enough to Perform Well? Suzy Dale Dale, Suzy 143

10 Inspecting Secure Institutions Louise Falshaw Falshaw, Louise 163

11 Effective Training in Action: From Contracting to Evaluation Alice Moore Moore, Alice 183

12 Systemic Failure and Human Error Adrian Needs Needs, Adrian 203

13 Project Management: Towards More Effective Applied Psychology Donald Darroch Darroch, Donald 220

References 243

Index 265

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