Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services

Kimberley McNeill

Kimberley McNeill (MSc Forensic Psychology, BSc Psychology, MBPsS) is a Forensic Psychologist in Training and EMDR practitioner. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and is working towards full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology.

Kimberley is trained in a number of risk and protective assessment tools (HCR-20 v3, J-SOAP II, SAVRY, SAPROF Adult and Youth) and treatment programmes including Life Minus Violence Enhanced (LMV-E) © (Ireland et al, 2009), which is a cognitive behavioural therapeutic package designed to reduce risk of aggression amongst forensic populations. In addition to her work at CCATS, Kimberley also holds positions as a lecturer on the MSc in Forensic Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire, as a Research Associate at the Ashworth Research Centre, and she also works as a as a Forensic Psychologist in Training in high secure services with adult males. She is directly involved in the risk assessment and treatment of clients with forensic and mental health needs engaging in both individual and group therapy.

Within her role at CCATS she completes psychological assessments and delivers individual intervention as directed. Her role also includes the provision of psychological input to children’s residential homes. This involves work with looked after children and adolescents presenting with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, aggression, self-harm and substance mis-use. She provides general consultation and reflective practice to professionals involved in the care of the young people. She also delivers training packages to professionals in the following areas: Trauma and Attachment; Managing Professional Boundaries and Pro-Social Modelling.

Kimberley is also completing a PhD at the University of Central Lancashire. Her research interests include Critical Incidents (including hostage taking, barricade and protest), General Offending Behaviour, Hostage Negotiation, Young Offenders, Pro-Social Modelling, Aggression (including motivations and protective factors), Sleep and Aggression, Risk Assessment, Trauma, Personality Disorder, Staff-Client Relationships, Forensic Culture & Impact of Environmental Factors.