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Childhood Adversity in Forensic Populations with Dr Gwen Adshead

About the event

Prison populations have been expanding as more offenders are imprisoned and given longer sentences. Prisoners are known to be a marginalised group with poor physical and mental health, however the risk factors for becoming a prisoner have only been systematically studied over the last twenty years.

In this presentation Dr Gwen Adshead discusses exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACES) in prison and offender populations and discuss the implications for policy makers and therapists who may work with offenders.

This event is open to the general public who are interested in this subject as well as other health professionals and those who work in forensic settings.

The trainer:

Gwen Adshead is a Forensic Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist. She trained at St George's hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry and the Institute of Group Analysis. She is trained as a group therapist and a mindfulness based cognitive therapist and has also trained in Mentalisation based therapy.

She worked for nearly twenty years as a Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist at Broadmoor Hospital, running psychotherapeutic groups for offenders, and working with staff around relational security and organisational dynamics.

She now works with patients with personality disorder in high security, prison and in the community. Gwen also has a Masters' Degree in Medical Law and Ethics; and has a research interest in moral reasoning, and how this links with 'bad' behaviour.

Gwen has published a number of books and over 100 papers, book chapters and commissioned articles on forensic psychotherapy, ethics in psychiatry, and attachment theory as applied to medicine and forensic psychiatry. She was honoured with the President’s Medal for services to psychiatry in July 2013; an honorary doctorate from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 2016, and was the Gresham Professor of Psychiatry 2014-2017.