‘This fascinating book examines some of the ideological underpinnings of forensic psychological research, policy and practice. It is refreshingly reflective and a significant contribution to the field. I strongly recommend it.’ - Professor Graham Towl, Durham University and formerly Chief Psychologist at the Ministry of Justice ‘The strength of this book is the complexity of concepts and topics covered mean that it is suitable for students who wish to be challenged.’ - Dr Louise Almond, University of Liverpool ‘This is a book for people who like to think. It presents the realities of practice with the challenges of theory and asks the reader to shake off complacency. It is insightful and challenging but most of all, it is very readable.’ - Professor Joanna R. Adler, Middlesex University Students of Forensic Psychology need to learn how to combine practical skills such as report writing or assessments with a critical understanding of both theory and the wider political and policy landscape that surrounds the profession. Mapped to the British Psychological Society’s Stage One and Two training requirements for forensic psychologists Forensic Psychology: Theory, Research, Policy and Practice will help you understand how these crucial areas of the profession interact and how they can shape one another. Throughout the text the authors provide a detailed analysis of key concepts, debates and theories while weaving in insights and reflections from key professionals, ensuring you have the necessary knowledge and skills to pass assignments and get past the stage 2 supervised practice requirements en route to becoming a qualified forensic psychologist. This text will be essential reading for all those on MSc Forensic Psychology courses, and will also be a useful reader for those on practitioner doctorates as well as the already qualified needing to keep up with the CPD. The book is also a useful companion to professionals in allied criminal justice professions.

Profiling offenders
Profiling offenders
Key concepts

This chapter will look at offenders through the lens of behavioural investigative advisers (BIAs), who assist the police in identifying and bringing offenders to justice. The origins, and development of the profession from offender profiling to behavioural investigative advice are outlined. The chapter also describes the theories used and the assumptions and principles that underpin such work as well as reviewing the evidence surrounding the evaluation of such advice. A checklist for writing a BIA report is provided, which can be adapted to fit other forms of report writing. Finally, the chapter will offer commentary on what has been learnt and the emotional impact of working in this field.

Knowledge concepts

Practice considerations









Arrest strategy

Crime scene assessment

Forensic interference

Interview strategy

Investigative suggestions

Media appeals

Offence linkage

Offender profiling

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