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FPS has extensive experience in working with members of the clergy.
We conduct assessments where allegations of inappropriate behaviour have been made, or where there are questions about suitability to enter religious life, or to remain in ministry.
We also provide both individual and group therapeutic services to those in need of support and where therapeutic input is deemed necessary to lower a person's level of risk of re-offending. Additionally, we work collaboratively with religious bodies to develop risk management and child protection plans.
FPS provides a broad based case management and consultation service on a variety of clinical and forensic issues. We also provide training and workshops. We are committed to cost-effective, high quality service provision.
For more information on our services, please refer to the sections below:
Psychological and Risk Assessments
The team at FPS have a wealth of experience in the area of psychological assessment and have undergone extensive training in violent, neuropsychological, cognitive and functional risk assessment.
A thorough assessment is completed using the most current/evidence-based assessment instruments and a detailed psychological report is compiled which examines the cognitive, behavioural, emotional, and situational factors involved in the perpetration of the offence in question. These reports utilise data from a myriad of sources.
An assessment is usually conducted over 6-8 clinical sessions and includes face-to-face interviews with the individual, significant others, and professionals involved. Telephone consultations with professionals/significant others may also be conducted as appropriate. The client’s personal history and other relevant background information is explored. Direct observations alongside a battery of psychometric instruments are used to gain further insight into an individual's cognitive capacity, psychological and emotional functioning, and to identify specific strengths or weaknesses. This information is used in conjunction with the clinical interviews, psychometric testing and collateral information to gain an understanding of the offence and the dynamics involved. Depending on the offence in question, an assessment of risk of future offending is conducted using the most up-to-date risk assessment tools. Finally, recommendations regarding risk management and treatment are offered.
These reports aim to establish a psychological profile of the client, to assist in understanding aspects of the client’s behaviour, and to answer specific questions outlined in the referral. We provide reports for the following:
White Collar Crime
Parenting Capacity Assessments
Cognitive and Allied Assessment
Cognitive assessments are sought and conducted in a variety of situations. These may form part of a standard assessment (ie Parenting Capacity, Risk Assessment) where there are indications that a person’s intellectual capacity may be compromised or they may form the basis of a specific referral.
Situations where specific referrals for cognitive and allied assessments (i.e. memory, premorbid functioning, suggestibility and compliance, neuropsychological) might be sought include:
Capacity to understand and engage with court proceedings, or capacity to contribute meaningfully to one’s legal case
In relation to adolescents where intellectual difficulties are suspected, a cognitive assessment can aid in determining if Juvenile court would be a more appropriate setting than Adult court to conduct proceedings
In criminal cases, where issues in respect of false confession or suggestibility have arisen
In criminal cases, where neuropsychological impairment may have been a potential contributory factor to the offence/s
Cognitive assessments determine IQ levels, verbal comprehension ability, processing speed, working memory and perceptual reasoning ability. Depending on the individual case, more in depth assessments can be conducted (ie memory, premorbid functioning, suggestibility and compliance, neuropsychological).
Working with offenders, people at risk of offending, or people otherwise involved in the legal system, can be a challenging and unsettling process. Forensic Psychological Services provides supervision to individuals, groups, and agencies involved with this client group.
Individual Therapy is aimed at increasing the general sense of well-being of a person through gaining a better understanding of one's emotional functioning, addressing specific problems, and developing new and more effective coping strategies.
Our psychotherapists and psychologists are trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psycho-dynamic and Psychoanalytic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Psychodrama. Usually, our therapists will use an integrated approach which is tailored to the client's specific needs.
Therapy is often recommended following an assessment, but clients can also avail of our therapeutic services independent of a previous assessment. Clients are also seen on an individual basis to prepare them to join one of our group therapy programmes.
Generally, psychotherapeutic sessions take place on a weekly or fortnightly basis. However, the frequency of sessions can be adjusted depending on a client's needs. One session usually lasts for approximately 50 minutes.
Psychotherapy is generally not covered by medical card or private health insurance. For those who are concerned about the costs of therapy, we offer a sliding-scale model where the fee depends on the person's income. In these cases, clients will usually attend one of our psychologists in training, who will be fully supervised by a senior psychologist.
In some cases, e.g. when an organisation (e.g. HSE or the Department of Justice) is concerned about a person's level of risk of future offending and therapy is recommended as a means to reduce same, funding or part-funding may be available from this organisation. However, in these cases we may have to report back to the organisation about the client's therapeutic progress, and confidentiality of sessions will thus be limited.