Barrie Thompson

During the course of serving thirty years as a Police Officer, Barrie became a Home Office Approved Trainer in 1987. After undertaking a national programme of training supervisory officers in the psychological aspects of policing, Barrie went on to complete an Honours Degree in Social Sciences. In 1995 he qualified as a Relate Couple Therapist, a function that he still performs today. Barrie completed his Masters Degree in Couple Therapy in 2003 and in so doing conducted research into the counselling opportunities available for couples where Asperger Syndrome is a presenting problem in the relationship. Needless to say such opportunities were scarce to say the least. As a consequence of his research Barrie devised a counselling model for such couples and has since specialised in this particular field of counselling. He has been exhibited as an author in ‘Good Autism Practice’ and had his first book published in August 2008. He also deals with couples that experience difficulties due to a child or young person in the family having an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. He has regularly shared his expertise on Asperger counselling by giving presentations and running workshops for many organisations including Relate, Autism West Midlands and the Central London Samaritans and continues to train various organisations in this specialised field of knowledge.

Martin Walsh

Higher Specialist Social Worker, PG Dip Mental Health CQSW, PQSW, AMHP, BIA, Dip. Psychiatric Social Work & M.Med.Sci.

Martin is a qualified Forensic Social Worker/Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), Best and Interest Assessor (BIA). He holds the Higher Specialist Award Social work (HSSW). His career graduated from working with young people in residential remand unit, to management of older adults care home, moving to the role as a community placement officer for people with a learning disability through to his current role as a Forensic Social Worker. His first social work role was working with adults with a learning disability, specialising in working with dual diagnosis of learning disability & mental illness. For the last 20 years he has worked in a Forensic setting working with Mentally Disordered Offenders. He has also had the role of Managing Director of a private residential service developing registered care homes for adults with challenging behaviour. He gained his Master Degree in Learning Disability in 1993, moving on to become a Lecturer at the University of Birmingham where he continues to teach for the MSc. Intellectual Disability Studies. He is registered with the HCPC and holds an up to date CRB check.

Martin’s training experience includes: His specialist areas are: Secure & Complex Care (Mentally Disordered Offenders/Forensic) Learning Disability and Mental Health. Martin has acted as a consultant to a number of authorities, including providing expert witness reports for Tribunals, along with assessments for vulnerable adults giving evidence in court.

Martin is currently an Associate Hospital Manager for Birmingham NHS Specialised Services and is a Director of Autism Inclusion (CIC).

Richard Barker

Richard Barker is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has worked extensively with clients with personality disorder, both within a forensic mental health setting, and also by providing assessments for Criminal and Family Courts. He has worked within the Forensic services at a Medium Secure Hospital for over a decade. Outside of his NHS duties, he teaches courses on Personality Disorder and Violence for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology courses at the University of Birmingham and University of Coventry. He is also Deputy Course Director for the Centre for Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy at the University of Birmingham.

Dr Stuart Cumella

B.Sc.(Econ). in Economics and Politics, from the London School of Economics. M.Sc. in Politics, from the University of Strathclyde. Diploma in Social Work (C.Q.S.W.), from the University of Stirling. Ph.D. in Social Administration, from the London School of Economics (external).

Current teaching responsibilities include lectures and small-group teaching to undergraduate medical and nursing students on learning/intellectual disability, and teaching research methods to students using face-to-face and distance teaching. I have developed a distance learning suite on research methods for the University of Birmingham, and have set up and managed masters level programmes on learning/intellectual disability and mental health. I have also taught multidisciplinary groups of health and social care professionals in Hong Kong.

Lynn Andrews

Lynn is an AMHP, BIA, HSSW and is the lead Safeguarding Officer for a Local Authority. Lynn teaches on a range of subjects including MHA, MCA, DoLS and their respective interfaces. She has considerable practice experience particularly with regard to safeguarding and Risk Assessment. Lyn has extensive teaching experience with Birmingham City University where she is a key member of their AMHP Academic Programme. She is the former lead AMHP for Birmingham City Council and has undertaken numerous training courses for a variety of professionals including Section 12 Doctors, Nursing staff and particularly the CPD of AMHPs.

Barbara Marshall

Barbara Marshall is an AMHP, BIA & Forensic Social Worker specialising in CAMHS. She is an experienced trainer who focuses on the interface of the MHA and CAMHS, along with specialising in children’s forensic services. Barbara has taught to a number of Health & Social Care professionals focusing on the importance of CAMHS and the MHA 83.

Fiona Langford

Fiona is an AMHP, BIA and a Forensic Social Worker specialising in Women’s secure services. Fiona’s speciality is working with women with complex needs, particularly those with Borderline Personality Disorder.