I specialise in forensic psychology. For the past 19 years, I have worked in a variety of secure and community settings with clients and their families with multiple complex problems. My roles have included: conducting thorough psychological assessments (including risk, personality and cognitive assessments), developing and implementing services to enhance recovery and minimise risk of offending, teaching and training, and supervising assistant psychologists, doctorate students and other multidisciplinary professionals. I have experience of preparing reports as an expert witness for the Courts, Mental Health Review Tribunals and Parole Board Hearings. I also have experience of providing verbal evidence during formal hearings and professionals meetings. My education and work experience have provided me with strong assessment and clinical skills, the ability to network and work in multi-disciplinary teams and the capability to communicate professionally, sensitively and effectively with a variety of audiences in different settings. I am currently employed by the NHS in a forensic secure setting as a Principal Forensic Psychologist. I have previously worked in a Youth Offending Team, assessing “high risk” young people for community or prison disposals. I have also worked in a child protection unit assessing parental capacity to continue parenting / living with their children.
Summary of Clinical Experience · Provision of psychological assessment and therapy to individuals with enhanced rehabilitation needs linked to mental health, personality disorder, learning disability, substance misuse and risk in a variety of settings in the community and hospital. · Conducting therapeutic interventions drawing on a range of models e.g. EMDR, DBT, systemic, CBT, schema. · Clinical and managerial supervision of Psychologists and other multidisciplinary team members e.g. Ward Managers, Qualified Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Activity Co-ordinators. · Delivering training and providing consultation to professionals. · Designing, implementing, managing and evaluating service development projects. · Recruitment and management of staff.
I am particularly interested in service evaluations and on exploring the impact of attachment style on risky incidents on psychiatric forensic wards.
Expertise and Public Engagement
I am an Associates for Tully Forensic Psychology and I provide independent psychology reports for Parole Board Hearing, the Courts, and Mental Health Review Tribunals. I am the leader of the forensic psychology undergraduate module at Buckingham University and I also teach “Assessing Risk of Violence” on the doctorate clinical psychology course at Leicester University.
Stevens, L., Arsuffi, L, et al. (2004). Electrophysiological alterations during hypnosis for ego-enhancement: A Preliminary investigation. American Journal Clinical Hypnosis, 46(4), 323-344. Arsuffi, L. (2007). Anger management groupwork: A controlled study with British forensic psychiatric inpatients in a medium secure unit. Forensic Update, 89, 16-24. Arsuffi, L. (2008). The Triple C programme: A qualitative evaluation of a new anger management protocol piloted in a British medium secure unit. Forensic Update, 95, 29-35. Arsuffi, L. (2010). Anger control groupwork with forensic psychiatric inpatients: Theories and practical applications. In J. Adler and J. Gray (Eds), Forensic Psychology, Concepts, Debates and Practice. Cullompton: Willan. Arsuffi, L. (2010). Homicide by an older offender. British Journal of Forensic Practice, 12(3), 45-53. Chemerynska, N. & Arsuffi, L. (in press). Families, Carers and Friends Support Group in a Forensic Inpatient Mental Health Service: A new format of carer support. Forensic Update.
Working with sex offenders. Developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships with forensic psychiatric patients.