- The Wentworth Forensic Clinic: A forensic psychology training clinic
Anita McGregor, Kevin O’Sullivan, Delphine Bostock, and Minh Nguyen-Hoan
The Wentworth Forensic Clinic (WFC) is a collaborative training facility established in 2011 as a joint project between University of New South Wales (based in Sydney Australia) and CSNSW (Correctional Services New South Wales). This symposium consists of the following papers that outline the development of the WFC, the benefits and challenges of a collaborative relationship between university and corrections systems, and the outcomes for clients serviced by the clinic in the past four years.
Paper 1: Characteristics of and outcomes for forensic clients serviced by a university-based training clinic - In this paper, findings from WFC are presented on the nature of client referrals, offence types, level of engagement with services, and recidivism.
Paper 2: The Wentworth Forensic Clinic: A model of competency-based education and training for intern psychologists - The way in which the training needs of interns have evolved will be evaluated in the context of changing times in forensic psychology, and future directions for effective training and supervision practice will be discussed.
- Who does it better? Capacity assessment by psychologists and legal practitioners
Edward Helmes, (James Cook University), & Natalie Walker (James Cook University).
The aim of this study was to compare differences between Australian legal practitioners and psychologists as to whether clients depicted in vignettes demonstrated adequate decision-making capacity.
- Treating ice addiction in custody: Evaluating a suite of piloted ice-specific prison based group treatment programs for men
Kerrilee Hollows, (Caraniche), & Alana Johnston, (Caraniche), & Sally Thorpe, (Caraniche)
The aim of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of the piloted programs in achieving their intended objectives; to reduce the prevalence of ice use and level of related criminogenic risk in an incarcerated population.