Paul Cairney BSc (Hons) MSc C.Psychol

Whilst studying psychology both at under and postgraduate levels Paul worked with victims of crime, high risk sex offenders on community supervision under MAPPA and within a residential unit for young people with emotional and behavioural issues. These experiences provided Paul with a solid grounding on the complexities of interventions for problem behaviour and consequences for wider society created by problem behaviour.

Since graduating with distinction from the MSc in Forensic Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University Paul has spent the last nine years working for the Scottish Prison Service. Paul is a Chartered member of the BPS and is registered with the HCPC as a Forensic Psychologist.

Paul specialises in the assessment and treatment of sex offenders with a particular interest in sexualised homicides, interventions with learning disabled/autistic offenders and risk management of offenders who have been unresponsive to psychological therapies. Paul has considerable experience as a treatment manager for various offender programmes linked with violence and substance related offending. Paul is a treatment manager and national trainer for the SPS sex offender treatment programme. He is a lead trainer for the schema informed component of the sex offender programme. Paul is also a member of the SPS and Social Work Scotland sex offender programme national trainers’ group and is involved as an assessment centre manager for new facilitators. Additionally, Paul is a national trainer for the SPS core programme facilitator training.