Rachel Atkinson BA (Hons) MSc C.Psychol AFBPsS

Rachel is an experienced Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist with particular experience in working with high-risk, violent and personality disordered male offenders. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a full member of the Division of Forensic Psychology. Rachel is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Therapist and also works in a non-forensic setting with patients presenting with acute, complex mental health problems including depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder and personality disorders.

Rachel worked in the Prison Service for 15 years, and has been heavily involved in the development of accredited Offending Behaviour Programmes (OBP's) at NOMS headquarters. Most recently she was co-author and National Clinical Lead for the Chromis Programme, for violent, personality-disordered offenders. This role involved development and management of the programme in line with best practice principles and national responsibility for training and supervising Chromis facilitators.

Rachel is a Registered Practice Supervisor with the British Psychological Society and has supervised numerous Forensic Psychologists in training on their route towards Chartership.

Rachel has substantial experience of completing risk and need assessments in relation to violence and has supervised others in their risk assessment and report writing. Rachel is also trained in the administration of a number of other assessment tools for use with adults. She is an experienced trainer in Offending Behaviour Programmes as well as the violence risk assessment tools the HCR-20 and the Violence Risk Scale (VRS).