Dr Walker has an admirable depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in this field. Lindsey Williams, Family Court Assessment Service

Professional, comprehensive and responsive psychological services

0117 973 1323

Parole Board

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Central to many decisions regarding whether a prisoner serving a life sentence or an Indeterminate Public Protection Order should be released is whether or not their risk of serious harm to the public has reduced to an acceptable level. Often questions regarding the individual’s psychological functioning are pertinent to this decision-making process.

It can be the case that a thorough psychological assessment in conjunction with an up to date risk assessment is required. In many situations, additional expert opinion is required in respect of the unique psychological profile of the individual - especially in cases when there appears to be a lack of response to prescribed prisoner treatment programmes. In these situations, an individualised psychological formulation in addition to risk assessment can prove a useful tool to inform interventions and management approaches.

The range of issues that can be covered includes:

  • neuropsychological assessment, including IQ and memory
  • personality
  • mental health
  • trauma
  • offence analysis
  • risk assessment, including violence, sexual offending and domestic abuse
  • treatment recommendations

Assessment Process

Assessments for the Parole Board include a thorough analysis of the dossier, a full clinical interview and psychometric evaluation of the individual and the application of structured risk assessment tools where appropriate.

Court reports

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We provide thorough, evidence-based and objective reports for Family, Criminal and Civil Courts. We also provide extensive and comprehensive reports for the Parole Board and Court of Protection.

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Therapeutic Interventions

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Across the age range, Compass Psychological Services provide individualized therapeutic interventions that are based on thorough assessments, detailed formulations and up to date research evidence.

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Clinical supervision

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We have extensive experience of providing clinical supervision to Psychologists. With a growing client base from the NHS and Independent sectors, this represents an exciting development for our services.

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Compass Psychological Services Ltd
Litfield House Medical Centre,
Litfield Place,
Bristol BS8 3LS.

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