Kimberley has over 18 years’ experience working within HM Prison Service, both in high and medium secure settings. Her professional practice has concentrated on applying risk assessment to predict offending behaviour. Her experience of clinically managing and directing a Personality Disorder Treatment Service has allowed her to specialise in analysing personality structure in relation to lifestyle difficulties in order to formulate evidence-based risk assessments that focus upon both external and internal risk and protective factors.
Kimberley’s experience in the development and facilitation of therapeutic interventions for violent and sexual offenders with, and without, personality dysfunctions allows her to offer advice to address identified risk areas.
As the creator and facilitator of the ‘Relationships and Intimacy Skills’ Treatment Programme, delivered within HMP Frankland’s Personality Disorder Treatment service for the past 13 years, Kimberley has a sound understanding of attachment theory and the effects of childhood abusive relationships upon adult functioning.
She has received specialist training from HM Prison and Probation Service Intervention Services, on assessing and working in a therapeutic way with sexual offenders. This includes environmental factors that may act as protective factors to offending. She has also received formal training on the Structured Assessment and Need of Sexual Offenders (SARN) from David Thornton. Kimberley has also facilitated further psychological interventions with offenders on both a group and individual basis. These have been Cognitive Behavioural based treatments, designed to assist with a range of problems such as anger management, anxiety, stress, depression, phobias, OCD, emotional management, substance use and the use of violence. She has utilised motivational interviewing techniques in order develop offenders’ motivation to change.
Kimberley has experience in report writing and presenting evidence within both formal and informal settings, often involving liaison with solicitors, barristers, the Parole Board and the Secretary of State’s Representative. She has also been involved in multi-disciplinary working.