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Engi Psychology can bring training to your organisation to make it cost effective for your organisation. We offer a variety of highly specialised bespoke forensic psychology trainings and courses to private organisations, to the main UK private hospitals, the NHS and other services. We provide training and consultancy that covers many areas of forensic psychology.

personality disorders

Working with Personality Disorders

This is a 2-day personality disorder training course delivered by experienced Chartered Psychologists.

What do we actually do? Formulation and Consultation – A Schema Focused Approach


  • Theory of personality and personality disorder.
  • Working with PD
  • Strategies for responding to people diagnosed with personality disorder.
  • The need for a Psychological Informed Environment
  • Formulation based approach. What is good formulation?
  • Use schema informed formulation practice
  • The 5 p’s
  • The relevance of the schema approach with people with complex needs
  • What is schema therapy? Early maladaptive schemas (EMS)
  • Case studies
  • Everything into practice
  • Care plans
  • Case consultation


  • Linking Care Plans to effective treatment outcome.
  • Evidence-based practice.


  • Provide an understanding of personality disorder.
  • It will equip you with crucial skills necessary to working with people with personality disorder,
  • You will learn how to manage clients’ challenging behaviour


CPD event – All delegates receive a certificate confirming attendance

Violence Risk Assessment and Management using the HCR-20 v3

This training is approved by Stephen D. Hart the author of the HCR-20v3 and all the training materials are in line with the training delivered by the authors. Case studies and videos are used  in a very interactive way during the training sessions.  Follow up supervision is provided.

About the training

The HCR-20v3 is the most commonly used  structured professional judgement (SPJ) of risk of  violence which allow the implementation of evidence based risk management plans. The HCR-20 has been recommended by the Department of Health (2007) as a structured professional judgement (SPJ) tool to be used by mental health professionals in the assessment and management of violence in prisons and forensic mental health services. It is necessary to assess someone’s past and present functioning, including their goals and plans for the future, to reduce risk of violence. The HCR-20 is  an aide-memoire to ensure that all information pertinent to the evaluation of risk is considered.  It covers a number of historical, clinical and risk management factors.

Course aims:

The aim of this course is to assist practitioners working in forensic mental health and criminal justice settings to acquire skills in the assessment of risk for future violence of mentally disordered offenders (MDO). The aim of the training is to help staff develop risk management plans and to ensure they feel confident when assessing clients using the HCR-20v3.

The training covers the following:

  • HCR-20 Version 3
  • Administration of tool
  • Case studies
  • Formulation and Case Conceptualisation
  • Risk communication
  • Implementation
  • Recommendations in risk assessment, risk formulation, risk management planning
  • Report-writing
  • Post training consultation

Who should attend this training?

Experienced practitioners (or in-training professionals) who may work with mentally disordered offenders (MDO) or those at risk of violence. This includes Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Offender Managers/Probation Officers, Nurses, Social Workers, OT, Speech and language therapists, Police or Prison Officers, Legal professionals (e.g. solicitors, barristers) can also attend this training.

Course materials:

The course includes all of the training materials. Case studies are used to score the HCR-20.  You will need to purchase the manuals for the HCR20.  A certificate is provided to candidates who complete the course successfully and the training contributes to your continuing professional development (CPD).


Risk of Sexual Violence Protocol – RSVP

This is a 2-day course.

About the training

RSVP is a widely used sex offender risk assessment tool used in the UK, Canada, USA and Australia.  It is a set of structured professional guidelines to be used in the practice of sexual violence risk assessment.  It is one of the primary methods used to promote best practice in health care professionals and consistent with recommendations for health care guidelines.

The RSVP allows the assessor to identify risk factors associated with risk of sexual violence and it is also used to for future risk scenario and to establish risk management plans

Course Aims:

The aim of the course is to assist practitioners working in forensic mental health and criminal justice settings to acquire skills in the assessment and management  of risk for future sexual violence.

Features and Learning Outcomes:

  • Learning to use the RSVP in institutions and the community
  • Administration
  • Case Studies
  • Implementation
  • Recommendations on good practice in risk assessment, risk formulation, risk management and evaluation
  • Report writing
  • Post workshop follow up and consultation

Target Group:

  • This training is designed to provide understanding in the use of the RSVP, it is preferable but not necessary to have previous experience of structured approaches.
  • Experienced practitioners (e.g. psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, Offender Managers, Police Officers, Legal professionals)
  • Practitioners with training/experience in basic violence risk assessment but have not yet received formal training on violence risk assessment.
  • Practitioners who are expected to implement risk assessments of violence (general or sexual)

Course materials:

The course includes all of the training materials. Case studies are used to score the RSVP.  You will need to purchase the manuals for the RSVP.  A certificate is provided to candidates who complete the course successfully and the training  contributes to your continuing professional development (CPD).


Working with Adults on the Autistic Spectrum

Working with adults on the Autistic Spectrum is a 2-day course.

Course Aims:

  • This training is designed to provide education and understanding of working with adults on the autistic spectrum or with autistic traits.
  • An insight and awareness of the traits of people on the autistic spectrum
  • Acknowledging the possible strengths and weaknesses of individuals on the autistic spectrum
  • Strategies and realities of working with adults with autistic traits

Features and Learning Outcomes:

  • Assessing and understanding the individual needs and difficulties
  • Developing your own skills to work with those on the autistic spectrum
  • Managing behaviours
  • Assessments and providing individual treatment and support plans
  • Developing skills and improve wellbeing of the individual by making the environment friendly
  • Case Studies

Target Group:

Nurses, Support Workers, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Staff with no or limited knowledge of autism.

Schema Therapy Training

Schema Therapy is a 2-day course.

Schema therapy is an innovative psychotherapy developed by Dr. Jeffrey Young for personality disorders, chronic depression,  and other difficult individual and couples problems.

Research shows that for some patients, especially those with complex needs and personality disorder, CBT is not effective. Jeffrey Young developed the Schema Therapy framework that is an easy approach for patients and staff and helps with risk management and the development of prosocial behavior.

The four main concepts in the Schema Therapy model are: Early Maladaptive Schemas (EMS), Core Emotional Needs, Schema Mode, and Maladaptive Coping Styles. EMS are self-defeating, core themes or patterns  that we keep repeating throughout our lives. EMS relate to the basic emotional needs of a child. When these needs are not met in childhood, schemas develop that lead to unhealthy life patterns. Maladaptive Coping Styles are the ways the child adapts to schemas and to damaging childhood experiences.

Schema Modes are the moment-to-moment emotional states and coping responses that we all experience.  Often our schema modes are triggered by life situations that we are oversensitive to (our “emotional buttons”).  Many schema modes lead us to overreact to situations, or to act in ways that end up hurting us.


The course aims to introduce staff and patients to the main principles of Schema with the aim to enhance understanding of client’s presentation. The main goal of the training is to help staff interacting with patients in an effective and pro-social way avoiding burn out as the efforts is to help patients strengthen their Healthy Adult mode; weaken their Maladaptive Coping Modes. More information about these concepts can be sent on request. This training aims at helping organizations and hospitals to set up psychological informed environments (PIE).


  • Why Schema Therapy.
  • What is a schema?
  • Early maladaptive schemas (EMS), definition and origins.
  • Schema perpetuation and coping styles
  • How to educate patients about schemas.
  • Case assessments and formulation.


  • You will develop an understanding of the underlying psychological difficulties behind clients’ presentation
  • You will gain insight into your own schemas and how they affect you and others.
  • You will learn what works with personality disorder and how to challenge client’s disruptive behaviour

Psychopathy: Training

This is a 2-day course.

About the training

The Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R) is the best most commonly used measure of psychopathy in the UK and USA. It is important to assess psychopathy as Psychopathic Personality Disorder as it is directly associated to risk of violence and it is also relevant for risk management and treatability.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the concept of psychopathy;
  • Learn to assess and score psychopathy using the the Hare
  • Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R, 2nd Edition).
  • Understand the link psychopathy and risk
  • Case conceptualization and recommendations

Target Group:

Experienced professional working in mental health and social services, criminal justice system, prisons and forensic mental health services who are involved in the assessment, formulation and management of people with personality disorder. The training is for doctors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, probation officers, police, occupational therapists and other professionals working in the field.

Course materials: The course includes all of the training materials. Case studies are used to score the PCL-R.  You will need to purchase the manuals for the PCLR.  A certificate is provided to candidates who complete the course successfully and the training  contributes to your continuing professional development (CPD).


START – Short Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability

(START) is a 2-day course.

About the training

START is brief clinical risk assessment looking at 7 areas of risk whilst considering 20 factors related to service users. It is intended for use in the assessment of short – medium term risks (days / weeks / months)

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About the trainers

The trainers are Dr Sonia Borghino and Ms Gill Merrill HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Forensic Psychologists who are highly experienced Forensic Psychologists in both the use of these assessment tools and in providing training of them. Dr Sonia Borghino and Gill Merrill have been trained by the authors Professor Stephen Hart and Dr Kevin Douglas of Simon Fraser University Canada and are approved to deliver this training. As such all training components will be in line with the training they provide.

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