Forensic Psychological Solutions Limited (FPS)
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“I can say that this course is making a tangible difference to the lives of the men attending the Inner Strength programme . The course facilitators are humbled by the visible change in the men attending this course. This programme is exactly what has been missing in our efforts to address the true causes of domestic abuse”.
Susannah Clarke / Detective Superintendent Lancashire Police
All FPS Programmes are available for organisations to train their staff to deliver, or to deliver with support from FPS.
Programmes are also available on 1:1 basis with a programme facilitator online.
Inner Strength for Parenting
Inner Strength for Parenting is a new 25 session programme to build emotional management and stress management skills and applies these to parenting. It is trauma-informed and strengths-based. It helps parents to identify and respond to children’s needs for safety; emotional warmth; stability; stimulation; guidance and boundaries; and basic care. It uses the latest research and psychological approaches to address these issues.
Inner Peace aims to help engage in healthy relationships with partners. It aims to improve emotional wellbeing, self-esteem and coping skills. It helps to build social support networks.
It uses a trauma-informed approach to understand how victimisation in relationships comes about. It aims to improve personal wellbeing and relationship health.
Positive Futures aims to build emotional resilience and improve relationships with others. It is trauma-informed and helpful to overcome problem behaviours which can include unhelpful styles of relating to others or substance misuse. It has been used for clients involved in early action social services, youth offending, probation CRC and NHS services.
Inner Strength for Work
Inner Strength for Work is a new programme to build emotional resilience and stress management skills. It uses the latest research and psychological approaches applied to work settings. It also focuses on personal development and successful relationships in life.
Programmes for perpetrators and victims of domestic abuse have generally had disappointing outcomes for reducing domestic abuse and helping families.
The Inner Strength programmes are different to previous programmes as they target the core treatment needs of perpetrators and in a responsive way. Using the most up to date research findings on psychological factors that drive abuse, programmes facilitate change by using effective therapeutic approaches .
The programme is trauma-informed and aims to build on existing strengths to support people to make choices to improve personal wellbeing and relationship health.
Research has shown that Inner Strength programmes are effective in reducing domestic violence and coercive control.
MEET THE TEAM
DR. FIONA WILKS-RILEY PhD is a Consultant Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Registered Forensic Psychologist with The Health and Care Professions Council.
Dr Wilks-Riley has 30 years of experience of working in rehabilitation with people who have offended or have mental health difficulties. Dr Wilks-Riley originally trained in prisons where she worked for a number of years before moving to high secure forensic mental health and community services. She is employed at Manchester University as a lecturer for the MSc in Forensic Psychology and Mental Health and leads the module for interventions. She is an academic supervisor for Forensic Psychologists in Training at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Clinical practice is the favourite part of her role as a psychologist and she has co-authored the Inner Strength Programme, Inner Peace, Rewind and Strengthen and Positive Futures programmes to address problematic behaviour in adults and young people. She has previously been a Clinical Lead in the personality disorder unit of a high secure hospital and Lead Psychologist in a medium secure forensic mental health service . She has also been a substance use treatment lead and co-authored the Substance Free Future programme.
Dr Wilks-Riley's interests include trauma, aggression and the assessment and treatment of personality disorder and psychopathy. She delivers training courses in these areas to professionals in the field. She has interests in psychological trauma and is a trained in EMDR, Progressive counting, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy Facilitator in addition to having extensive experience of using cognitive behaviour therapy. She has further interests in Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and provides assessment and training in this area.
Dr Wilks-Riley provides expert witness reports in Family and Criminal Court that relate to parenting capacity, domestic or intimate partner violence, general violence, sexual violence, substance misuse, cognitive functioning and arson. She provides supervision for clinical and forensic psychologists for their practice.
Dr Wilks-Riley also offers psychological therapy on an individual private basis for a range of mental health and/or forensic problems and is a director of Eclipse Psychological Services and Positive Forensic Psychological Solutions.
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DR NICOLA GRAHAM-KEVAN
Prof. Graham-Kevan is a Professor in Criminal Justice psychology. She is an internationally recognised expert in violence research, with numerous peer reviewed articles. She is also co-author on several psychological behaviour change programmes including Inner Strength, Rewind and Strengthen and Positive Futures. She has been researching violence perpetration, the impact on victims and the efficacy of its treatment for two decades and has numerous peer-reviewed articles as well as book chapters and professional reports. She presents her work at national and international conferences as well as delivering training and workshops both nationally and internationally. She has, or is currently, leading research on a variety topics including stalking, victim vulnerability, the impact of viewing child abuse on police personnel, intimate partner violence, sexual offending, victimisation, and post traumatic growth and trauma.
Prof. Graham-Kevan is an internationally renowned researcher in forensic psychology, and has used this expertise to co-develop a number of empirically grounded behaviour change interventions. She has delivered individual and group-based interventions with men and women in community, prison and secure hospital settings and is trained in risk assessment and crisis negotiation.
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