Coastal Child and Adult Therapeutic Services

Kimberley McNeill

Kimberley McNeill (MSc, CPsychol) is a Chartered Psychologist, and Registered Forensic Psychologist. She is registered with the Health Care and Professions Council and is a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, where she is a full member of the Division of Forensic Psychology. She is trained to deliver Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to adults and adolescents who present with trauma and other forms of distress. Furthermore, she is a Level 2 Accredited (APT) DBT Therapist, and a trained Critical Incident and Hostage Negotiator. 

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 in high secure psychiatric services with adult males. She is directly involved in the risk assessment and treatment of clients with forensic and mental health needs, including the delivery of both individual and group therapy. 

Within her role at CCATS she completes psychological assessments, cognitive assessments, and delivers individual intervention and psychoeducation. Her role also includes the provision of psychological input to secure residential settings. This involves work with individuals who present with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, aggression, self-harm, and substance misuse. She provides general consultation and facilitates reflective practice to a range of professionals working in forensic and psychiatric services. She also delivers training packages to professionals in the following areas: Trauma Informed Care; Recovery Based Practice; Trauma and Attachment; Managing Professional Boundaries, Managing Psychological Wellbeing, and Pro-Social Modelling. Kimberley is also involved in training delivery with The International Organisation for Forensic Practitioners (TIOFP). Kimberley is also completing a PhD at the University of Central Lancashire. Her research interests include Critical Incidents (including hostage taking, barricade and protest), Trauma, General Offending Behaviour, Hostage Negotiation, Young and Adult Offenders, Pro-Social Modelling, Aggression (including motivations and protective factors), Sleep and Aggression, Risk Assessment, Personality Disorder, Staff-Client Relationships, Forensic Culture & Impact of Environmental Factors.