MSc Forensic Psychology Programme Director
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Professor Michael Brookes OBE was formerly Director of Therapeutic Communities at HMP Grendon where for eleven years he was the clinical lead within this accredited therapeutic community prison. He was responsible for the effective delivery of therapy, ensuring that therapeutic community standards were met and accreditation maintained and, for managing the clinical and operational members of staff who worked in each of the individual communities within Grendon. Grendon is unique in that it is the only prison in Europe that operates wholly as a therapeutic community, where psychological treatment is the central regime activity. Prior to this appointment Michael worked as an Area Psychologist, in various prison establishments, at HMPS HQ and at a secure Youth Treatment Centre. He consequently has a wide range of experience of secure establishments and of engaging with service users, staff and managers living and working in these environments.
Michael is a consultant chartered and registered forensic psychologist and was appointed an OBE in 2013 for services to HM Prison Service and the Care of Prisoners. His professional career has been primarily concerned with the application of psychological theories and principles to individual or groups of offenders, managers of secure establishments and those who work in custodial therapeutic environments.
Michael regularly delivers and writes academic papers about his work, which covers his research at Grendon, the translation of psychological theory into practice and the interface between psychology and criminology.