Professor Jason Davies delivers invited workshops in Australia

Prof. Davies has returned from Australia where he delivered a series of workshops and visited forensic mental health units within South Australia and Victoria. Prof. Davies was invited by the Australian Psychological Society to share best practice in practitioner supervision and individual outcome measurement and to develop / strengthen links with researchers and practitioners.

Prof. Jason Davies recently returned from Australia where he ran workshops in Adelaide and Melbourne for researchers and practitioners working in criminal justice and forensic mental health settings.  The first of the workshops examined ‘Contemporary Issues in Practitioner Supervision’ and was based on Prof. Davies’ book – Supervision for Forensic Practitioners.  This considered how staff can be best supported when working in forensic settings and how safety, positive outcomes, staff resilience and staff development can be fostered through supervision.  The workshop focused on creative approaches to supervision, maintaining boundaries, addressing ethical issues and team supervision. The second workshop considered ‘The Art and Science of Assessing Individual Outcomes’ and was developed from work Professor Davies has been doing in this field over the last 10 years. This includes his recent co-edited book - Individual Psychological Therapies in Forensic Settings.  The workshop highlighted the importance of individual level outcomes and allowed participants to consider a range of methods that can be used to assess these.  The workshop brought together researchers and clinicians to examine the ways in which these groups can work in partnership in this area.  In addition to the workshops, Prof. Davies visited forensic mental health units in South Australia and Victoria to compare practice and to consider how his recently developed routine outcome measurement framework might be applied in these services.  During this trip, Prof. Davies has also been able to initiate new and further develop existing research collaborations and explore a number of potential new research projects.