John Cordwell

John is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, an Affiliate member of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS), and a Chartered Scientist (CSci). John has an Upper Second Class Honours degree in Psychology and Philosophy, a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology and is registered as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist with The BPS and a Registered Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

John has over nine years experience working in the National Health Service in a high-secure setting, working in the assessment and treatment with individuals with personality disorder, mental health difficulties, learning difficulties and sexual and violent offending histories. John also has significant experience in assessing violent and sexual offenders within the Mental Health system and the HM Prison system, as well as in supervising others in completing complex risk and treatment needs assessments.


Similarly, in his role as a Forensic Psychologist, John has regularly been involved in the assessment of Personality Disorder, Psychopathy, mental health difficulties and in the assessment of psychosexual and psychosocial problems. John is trained and experienced in using a variety of clinical and forensic assessment measures, for example the HCR-20 structured risk assessment of violence, the International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE), The Risk of Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP), the Structured Assessment of Risk and Ned (SARN), the Sexual Violence Risk (SVR-20) and Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-r).

Alongside this, John has also had experience in delivering treatment with and in undertaking complex psychological assessments with individuals from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds (e.g. Turkey, Kenya, Algeria and Somalia), and experience of using translators within undertaking complex psychological assessments. Alongside this, since 2008 he has developed and delivered two lecture / workshops on Ethnicity, Culture, Personality Disorder and Risk Assessment on an MSc in Transcultural Mental Healthcare at the University of London.

Through his practice as a Forensic Psychologist John has been directly involved in the development of psychological treatments for individuals with mental health needs and personality disorder, and in the development of a Treatment Service for Mentally Disordered Sexual Offenders. He is currently the Assessment Lead for a Sexual Offending Treatment intervention and the Programme Lead for an individual-based Sexual Offending Treatment Programme. Alongside this, John has also been trained and has significant experience in the delivery of group-based and individual psychological treatments, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy (SFT).

Likewise, John has also been involved with Circles of Support UK Ltd in the capacity of a Professional Advisor, involved in the provision of training, professional and psychological advice and knowledge to both professionals and community members working with sexual offenders in the community. Also, within this role John facilitates Group Supervision and Reflective Practice meetings with professionals and community members working with sexual offenders in the community.

John is also trained in the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale Version IV (WAIS-IV) and the Wechsler Memory Scale Version IV (WMS-IV) and was involved in the national UK Standardisation of these two assessments. John also has considerable experience in teaching and training in understanding personality, assessing and treating Personality Disorders and the assessment and treatment of sexual and violent offending to a wide variety of professionals, including Mental Health Professions, Allied Health Professions and the Metropolitan Police. Likewise, since 2007 John has been a Visiting Lecturer at Surrey University teaching on the MSc in Forensic Psychology.

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