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Core Psychological Interventions for Forensic and Prison Mental Health

Core Psychological Interventions for Forensic Mental Health

The Psychological Interventions Team within NES continues to work towards increasing the accessibility of psychological interventions and therapies for those suffering from mental health difficulties in Forensic Mental Health Services and in custody. The training programme has been developed and is continuing to be delivered to support the operationalisation of the 'matched stepped' care model throughout forensic mental health services in Scotland.

Further information on Forensic Mental Health training events is available at the Psychological Intervention Team training programme


Low Intensity Psychological Interventions in Forensic Mental Health Settings

A 5 day practical skills training programme designed to increase the psychological mindedness of staff and equip clinicians with the skills and competencies necessary to deliver an agreed suite of 'low intensity' psychological therapy programmes, which have been developed by the forensic matrix working group.  This training is competency based and requires trainees to complete a written and practical skills assessment. An emphasis is placed on experiential learning, in order to promote links between educational theory and practice.

‘New to Forensic – Essentials of Psychological Care’: ‘Train the Trainers’ training

The second of two planned training events related to the Network-wide rollout of this programme was held at the State Hospital on 22nd October 2014.  18 trainers have participated in these events with representatives from The State Hospital, NHS Fife, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Forth Valley and NHS Grampian.  

Team Based Forensic MBT Skills

By the end of this 2-day workshop, clinicians should be able to employ the model usefully in working with forensic patients and in joint-working with colleagues. The aim of the training is to equip people with a working knowledge of both the theory and practice of MBT, which they will be able to put to immediate use in their current practice. The course will not train people to become MBT therapists but is the first step on the MBT training track.

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See, Think, Act: Relational Security is an interactive online learning module that was created jointly with NES and the School of Forensic Mental Health.  It is based on the ‘See, Think, Act’ reference material from the DOH- surrounding the theme of relational security. It has been developed for all staff working in secure forensic mental health services.  The aim of this module is to help people to understand what relational security really means and to encourage individuals to think about how they can                                                                             ensure it is maintained in their place of work. 


Pd _picture BigWorking with Personality Disordered (PD) Offenders is an interactive online learning module that was created jointly with NES and the School of Forensic Mental Health. This guide has been produced to support people working with offenders with a diagnosis of PD in both in- and out-patient settings. It provides information about personality disorder and practical advice on how to manage people who can be extremely challenging. It also considers the impact this work can have on staff wellbeing, identifying the signs and consequences, and suggesting how staff can protect themselves.