Forensic Applied Psychology

The Forensic Applied Psychology Service provision consists of a Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist and a Counselling Psychologist.

This team will sometimes have Assistant Psychologists and Trainee Clinical Psychologists on placements.

What We Do

The Service is open to adolescents and adults presenting with problem behaviour related to a mental health condition. This will be severe and impact primarily on offending or alleged offending, has raised public safety concerns and there is significant current evidence of elevated risk of offending.

We work closely with all regional health and social care teams, including in-patients, the secure estate, out of region teams and legal services. We aim to be easy to access and locally available. The services we offer include: Assessment, Consultation and Highly Specialist Psychological Intervention for aspects of:

  • Forensic Psychological Assessment and Risk Assessment, primarily for people who offend and are mentally ill, and or have an Intellectual and or Neuro-developmental Disability and/or a Personality Disorder and also with adolescents who offend.
  • Psycho-Legal Work
  • Mental Capacity and Offending
  • Child Protection Issues
  • Adult Support and Protection Issues
  • Public Protection Issues
  • Challenging Behaviour in Legal Context
  • Relationship problems (e.g. Domestic violence)
  • Emotional problems and Offending

This work can be completed through:

  • Direct work with the client
  • Advice to parents, carers and professionals
  • Training on psychological issues
  • We are also involved in service development work.

Referral Information

Referrals are obtained from primary and secondary care services. Self referrals are not accepted. Referrals should be sent to:

Bruce Kidd, Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist, Head of Forensic Applied Psychology Service.
Mountainhall Treatment Centre
Bankend Road
Dumfries
DG1 4AP
Tel:01387 244244

Contact us

Bruce Kidd, Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist, Head of Forensic Applied Psychology Service.
Mountainhall Treatment Centre
Bankend Road
Dumfries DG1 4AP

Tel. 01387 244244
Open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, for enquiries.