Scott van der Merwe BSc PgDip MSc C.Psychol AFBPsS

Scott has an undergraduate degree in Law & Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and a Masters in Forensic Psychology. He is a Chartered member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is a registered practitioner with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). He is a full member of the BPS and Division of Forensic Psychology.

Scott has over 15 years of experience working in forensic settings, working for His Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). He qualified as a Forensic Psychologist in 2018 and prior to leaving HMPPS he was a Senior Forensic Psychologist, working as the site lead and managing the Psychology Department at an adult Category C prison. Scott has gained extensive experience in assessing and completing group based or bespoke one-to-one interventions with a range of offence types, as well as working with young adults, adults and those with cognitive functioning deficits. He has specialised in the assessment and treatment of high risk, violent and sexual offenders, and those with intimate partner violence. He has experience of assessing prisoners convicted of extremism offences, as well as completing assessments of cognitive functioning, executive functioning, and personality difficulties.

Scott is trained and has extensive experience in delivery, management/supervision, and clinical oversight of a variety of Accredited Interventions in HMPPS, including the Healthy Sex Programme (HSP) and the current suite of interventions. He is also a trainer for the Programmes Needs Assessment (PNA). Scott has many years of experience in supervising others and has provided clinical supervision to staff delivering high intensity treatment programmes as a Treatment Manager, and to Forensic Psychologists in Training as a designated supervisor and co-ordinating supervisor.