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Psychopathy Assessment and Formulation and the Use of the Psychopathy Checklist Revised (CPD event)

Our two-day workshop will introduce participants to the concept of psychopathy, the PCL-R and new developments in psychopathy assessments.

Date and time: Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 March 2021, 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: Forensic Academy, The University of Manchester
Fee: Discounted fee until 1 February 2021 - £549. Full fee - £599. Includes training materials, lunch and refreshments. 
How to book: To be confirmed
Contact us: Email or phone +44 (0)161 306 7802


Psychopathic personality disorder is a crucial risk factor for violence; it also has relevance for risk management and treatability.

The Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R) is currently the best validated measure of psychopathy. The use of the PCL-R has become widespread across many agencies; it provides a standard methodology for assessing this important risk factor.

Using a variety of teaching modalities didactic, interactive and practical exercises, this workshop will introduce participants to the concept of psychopathy, the PCL-R and new developments in psychopathy assessments.

A video case study will be used to allow participants to apply the PCL-R ratings and obtain feedback. The strengths and limitations of the PCL-R will be discussed.

Who should attend?

This workshop will be of interest to professional staff working in mental health and social services, the criminal justice system, prisons and forensic mental health services who are involved in the assessment, formulation and management of people with personality disorder.

This will include doctors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, probation officers, occupational therapists and allied professions.

Learning objectives

Following the training, participants will be able to:

  • understand the concept of psychopathy;
  • highlight the main methods for assessing and formulating psychopathy;
  • make the link between psychopathy and risk assessment;
  • identify the strengths and weaknesses of the PCL-R;
  • consider new developments in the assessment, formulation and management of psychopathic personality disorder, including the Comprehensive Assessment of Psychopathic Personality disorder.

About the trainer

Dr Fiona Wilks-Riley

Dr Fiona Wilks-Riley is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience from working in prisons, secure NHS, secure private forensic mental health services, residential children’s homes and the community.

She is employed as a part-time lecturer for the MSc in Forensic Psychology and Mental Health at The University of Manchester and is an academic adviser for Forensic Psychologists in Training at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

She was awarded a PhD in the role of affect and cognitive schema in the assessment of psychopathy in 2011 and was the treatment lead for sexual offending and substance misuse interventions in a secure NHS personality disorder unit, where she was employed for 12 years.

She enjoys working clinically with individuals with psychopathy. She has delivered training in the assessment of psychopathy and personality disorder to psychologists, psychiatrists, and specialist mental health workers for approximately 10 years.

She is a director of Eclipse Psychological Services Ltd. providing individual psychological interventions and forensic assessments for local authorities and Family Court.

She is a co-director of Forensic Psychological Solutions Ltd providing trauma-informed psychological interventions, consultancy and training. This includes developing the Inner Strength Programme which is delivered in community and forensic settings for domestic abuse perpetration and victimisation, and the Positive Futures Programme which aims to address problem behaviour in adults and adolescents.  

What our students say

"Good background information. Highly relevant for research practices."

"Excellent, knowledgeable presenter. I thoroughly enjoyed it."

"Very enjoyable training session. Good learning, good teaching style and good understanding."

How to book your place

To be confirmed

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 7802