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Avril McAlees
Principal Forensic Psychologist

Avril McAlees

Avril McAlees is a Principal Forensic Psychologist with over twenty years’ experience of conducting assessments and delivering therapeutic interventions to both individuals and groups. She has worked across the age range, and with both males and females, and in a wide variety of settings, including general psychiatry, acute admission wards, outpatient settings, low and medium secure units, secure adolescent units, secure training centres, prisons, community-based settings including CAMHS and the National Probation Service.

Avril has worked in specialist (ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder and Learning Disability (LD) services, and has worked collaboratively with the Fire and Rescue Service, providing consultation to them in relation to fire setting behaviours in children and acting as a consultant to the NSPCC, in relation to sexually harmful behaviours in children and adolescents, child protection issues, supporting non-abusive parents, and running treatment groups.

Avril has been trained in formal psychometric assessment (for example, of intellectual/cognitive/neuropsychological functioning and personality) and in the use of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and applies these in her practice at the Priory.

Avril is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and within that is a member of the Division of Forensic Psychology. She is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), and is also a member of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA).

Position at Priory

Avril McAlees has worked as a therapist with the Priory at the Oxford Wellbeing Centre since August 2019.

Clinical articles and research papers

  • Bloxsom, C.A.J., McAlees, A., & Hollin, C.R. (September, 2008). The role of attachment and offending. Poster presented at the University of Leicester Forensic Research Centre Conference. Detecting More Crime With Forensic Science : A guide for forensic practitioners, police forces, & other law enforcement agencies, Leicester, U.K
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