Jennifer Whelan (BSc Hons Psychology & Biology, MSc Forensic Psychology) is a Forensic Psychologist in Training. She is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society and the Division of Forensic Psychology. Jennifer is currently working towards HCPC registration and is enrolled on a PGDip programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Jennifer has worked within the Prison and Probation Service for almost 15 years in which she has gained extensive experience of working with forensic clients displaying a range of presentations. Within this role, Jennifer has been involved in psychological assessment and intervention with violent and sexual offenders and has provided expert witness advice relating to risk management at Parole Board hearings. Jennifer has many years experience delivering both individual and group-based interventions with forensic clients. Jennifer was employed as a clinical lead for substance misuse treatment within the Prison Service for over three years, working with a range of service providers to deliver a recovery focused service. Throughout her career, Jennifer has also engaged in various pieces of consultancy work and has designed and delivered training packages both locally and nationally.
Jennifer is trained in a range of assessment frameworks including HCR-20, SAVRY, RM2000, SARA, DARNA, J-SOAP, SVR-20 and IPDE and has extensive experience of writing risk assessment reports across a range of client groups. Jennifer has acted as a national trainer for the SARA IPV risk assessment framework. Jennifer is also trained in the administration and interpretation of the Welchler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV).
Jennifer’s role within CCATS is to conduct psychological assessments and therapy under the supervision of Chartered Forensic Psychologists. Her role also involves the provision of psychological input into children’s residential homes. This includes the supervision of staff and work with looked after children presenting with a range of issues including anxiety, aggression, self-injurious behaviour, trauma and substance misuse.
Alongside her role in CCATS, Jennifer also holds an honorary contract with high secure services working with adult males. In this role, she is directly involved in the risk assessment and treatment of forensic mental health clients.