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Mental Health Difficulties and Offending Behaviour

Speaker: Dr. Emily Turton
Chambers: Emily Turton Psychological Services

Dr Turton has almost ten years experience working in forensic settings, assessing risk of violence and harm. She has worked with several high profile offenders. Dr Turton has experience of completing psychological assessments and has given evidence in court, parole hearings and tribunals. This includes conducting cognitive assessments of intelligence, memory, suggestibility, malingering/ effort, personality, trauma, mental illness, violence risk (including HCR-20), sexual risk, immigration matters, utilisation of translators and specialist assessments for ADHD and Autism.

In this presentation, Dr Emily Turton explains how mental health difficulties develop, how mental health is linked to offending behaviour and what this means when understanding someone’s violence risk. She also explains when is best to instruct a psychiatrist or psychologist when working with clients with mental health issues.

Key words/topics:

  • Mental health difficulties
  • Biological
  • Psychological
  • Social
  • Attachment types
  • Avoidance of emotions
  • Unresolved trauma
  • Personality Disorder
  • Victimisation
  • Learning Disability