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Psychology

We have a national network of highly-trained and experienced psychologists providing a range of services.

High-Quality Psychology Services

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it dictates and influences our behaviour, from communication to thought and emotion.

It's about understanding what makes people tick and how this understanding can help address problems.

Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in both individuals and groups, while also exploring the physiological and neurobiological processes that underlie certain functions and behaviours.

Psychologists explore such concepts as perception, cognition, attention, emotion, motivation, brain functioning, personality, behaviour, and relationships.

Psychology incorporates methodological and theoretical approaches from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities.

Psychologists

WillisPalmer has been providing expert psychological services for the past 16 years to a variety of organisations including local authorities, solicitors and private organisations. Our highly trained and experienced professionals can provide a variety of services including assessments, expert reports and therapy.

Psychology Services

Our expert psychologists, all of whom are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, offer a broad range of assessment and therapy services for children and their families, including the following:

  • Expert assessment of parents in public and private law proceedings
  • Assessment of psychological functioning
  • Cognitive assessments
  • Education assessments
  • Assessment of educational needs
  • Responding to children’s emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Multi-disciplinary assessments

Forensic Risk Assessments

WillisPalmer is the leading provider of forensic risk assessment services in the UK, having provided forensic services for 16 years. WillisPalmer operates with the primary aim of promoting the welfare and protection of children and also to assist frontline practitioners and their managers to make the best decisions in complex cases of child sexual abuse.

Abusers are not a homogeneous population group and fall within a range of offence typologies and risk parameters. Our consultant team of psychologists, social workers and therapists, therefore, have a broad range of specialist skills and experience to advise, assess and intervene with:

  • Those identified as significant risk requiring intensive case management monitoring
  • People who have been diagnosed with a learning difficulty or mental disorder
  • Individuals residing in residential care, educational establishments or substitute family environments
  • Those involved in intra-and-extrafamilial sexual abuse
  • Individuals who have historic convictions or have had uncorroborated allegations of sexual abuse made against them
  • Children and young people who have engaged in sexually harmful or offending behaviours
  • Females who have sexually offended
  • Internet-based offences

Compilation of specialist risk assessments

Risk assessments will use a broad range of formalised empirically recognised appraisal tools to aid investigative, predictive and clinical judgement.

We engage in the compilation of:

  • Forensic evaluation and risk assessments on male and female clients convicted of a sexual offence
  • Psychometric assessments
  • Fitness to Plead assessments
  • Opinion in family reconstruction viability cases
  • Environmental risk and safety analyses of community, family and organisational settings
  • Structured risk and needs assessments for children and young people who have sexually harmed others

Similarly, we advise on those sexual risk behaviours which may not reach a threshold to convict but may suggest deviant sexual interests, thus potentially posing a risk to children and other vulnerable individuals.

WillisPalmer advises and works alongside practitioners to design intervention strategies for engaging clients and where applicable, relevant others. This may include interventions to progress contact/rehabilitation plans and restorative processes.

Such work will often include a need for protective behaviour/risk awareness interventions with partners/others in the family system to promote assertive communication and safe permissible boundaries before any rehabilitation process commences.

Multi-disciplinary Services

As a genuinely multi-disciplinary organisation, WillisPalmer provides multi-disciplinary teams of psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, therapists and family support workers to provide support and intervention to children and families. Our Multi-Disciplinary Family Assessment service is a prime example of our professionals working together to address complex problems and keep families together where possible and safe to do so. Following a referral, WillisPalmer's multi-disciplinary team which can comprise social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists or family support workers depending on need and the problems presented, work together to assess the family and their parenting capacity during an eight-week period. At the end of the eight weeks, a report is produced with advice and recommendations for the local authority.

WillisPalmer also provides a genuinely Multi-Disciplinary Family Restoration Service primarily for children who are accommodated under S.20 or the subject of a Care Order or Interim Care Order.

Our multi-disciplinary team of experts comprising a social worker, psychologist and family support worker (FSW) work together to identify problems and work alongside the family to address these issues in a bid to keep families together and put an end to the revolving door phenomenon of children entering care, leaving care only to re-enter the care system at a later date. Read more about our Multi-Disciplinary Family Restoration Service here.

WillisPalmer Quality Assurance

WillisPalmer exists to promote and protect the welfare of children. We believe that a rigorous quality assurance process is central to this aim. Therefore we invest heavily in a robust system to ensure reports are comprehensive, focused on the needs of the child and provide a detailed response to instructions. Click here to read more about our QA process.

Who are our services for?

  • Local authorities
  • Solicitors
  • Courts
  • Independent organisations e.g. children’s residential homes
  • Schools
  • Private individuals

What people said about our services?

WillisPalmer takes immense pride in providing high quality and quality assured social work services to our clients. Don't take our word for it, see what others had to say about our services.

“Both the professionally qualified advocates and the Guardian were very impressed with the psychologist as a witness, and would like to pass on their thanks to him for the clear and concise way in which he was able to give his evidence”

Solicitor, South East England

“Whenever I require an expert to undertake an assessment, I always contact WillisPalmer as part of our search due to their swift response. I will definitely be using WillisPalmer again”

Solicitor, Kent

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