The Division of Forensic Psychology


DFP at ECP23

Creating safer communities

Tuesday 4 July 2023

Invited programme: “A collection of presentations about new models of interventions developed to address stalking by Psychologists in England and Germany”

Convenor: Rachel Wheatley & collaborators
Format: Invited Symposium

Participants: Rachael Wheatley, Wolf Ortiz-Mueller, Kirsty Butcher &  Alan Underwood


This symposia will present multiple examples of new models and interventions developed within England through psychology services, and in Germany.


It aligns with the ECP 2023 thematic theme: 8) Forensic


It aligns with two of the four interdisciplinary themes for ECP2023: “psychological responses to the pandemic” (namely, the introduction of an online therapy model for early charges of stalking), and “conflict, diplomacy and peace” (namely, trust in governments and institutions, in relation to managing the rising cases of stalking). 


There will be multiple presenters from the BPS divisions of forensic, counselling, and clinical psychology, researchers in forensic psychology, and psychological psychotherapy services from Germany.


The symposia will report on new and developing services to address the risks and needs presented by people who stalk and present early research findings to demonstrate real world impact (Research & Practice/ Academics and Practitioners).


N.B. There is 12 minutes per presenter and each will cover an overview of the model/intervention/setting, the theory of change, early findings/real-world impact, challenges and learning to be able to progress the global effort to address stalking.


N.B. No Q&A time as speakers can be contacted throughout and after the conference by providing professional contact details.


“Bias in forensic psychological assessment: a live podcast recording as part of the Forensic Psychologist Podcast Series”

Convenor: Sally Tilt & 

Kerensa Hocken

Format: Panel Discussion

Panel members:

Lawrence Jones, Dr Tansy Warrilow & Martine Ratcliffe 


This topic links to the conference theme of ‘poverty and inequalities’. The discussion will explore how we can reduce inequality in forensic assessment and approaches. An innovative approach will be taken of formatting the discussion as a podcast episode, to be recorded and released as an episode on the Forensic Psychology Podcast.


Dr Kerensa Hocken and Sally Tilt are practicing forensic psychologists. In 2020 they launched the Forensic Psychology Podcast; now completing its second series, the podcast has attracted over 100 000 downloads in more than 130 countries. Kerensa and Sally will use their forensic and interviewing experience to encourage a lively discussion on the topic. 


Panel members:

Lawrence Jones is co-editor of the recently published book ‘Challenging Bias in Forensic Psychological Assessment and Testing’. Lawrence’s experience combines academic and practitioner knowledge on the application of bias within forensic psychology.


Dr Tansy Warrilow is a clinical psychologist at Rampton High Secure hospital. She has introduced innovative techniques within her practice to address sources of cultural bias for clients.


Martine Ratcliffe is Diversity and Inclusion lead for HM Prison and Probation Psychology Service. Martine has written and spoken on challenging bias in forensic psychology practice. 


Bias in psychology perpetuates the systemic inequality within justice and health., Acknowledging, understanding and addressing this issue is key to a fairer, more equal future.


This discussion is essential for addressing inequality in psychological assessment across practitioner psychologist domains. The innovative format of a podcast episode will be an appealing format for audiences.