Dr Libby Ashurst

Clinical Lead

BSc in Psychology, The Open University

MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology, University of York. Thesis: The relationship between emotional behaviour of young sex, violent and acquisitive offenders and their adjustment to custody

PhD in Social Sciences; Queens University Belfast. Dissertation: Developing and Testing a General Training Model for Improving Professional Practice of Case Managers

 Professional Qualifications

  • Chartered Psychologist British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Chartered Scientist (Science Council & BPS)
  • Associate Fellow British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Registered Forensic Psychologist Health and Care Professions Council
  • BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS)
  • EMDR Accredited Practitioner
  • Detective Constable: child abuse, rape, domestic violence, people with disabilities

Special Training

  • Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI) Assessment using Rickter Scale; Assessment Intervention Moving On (Aim 2); Assessment of Risk and Manageability of Intellectually Disabled Individuals who Offend Sexually (Armidilo-s); Youth Level of Service; Structured Assessment of Violence in Youth (SAVRY); Hare Psychopathy Check List Youth Version (PCL: YV); IPDE (International Personality Disorder Examination); Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-1V); Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-1V); Static- 99R HCR 20 version 3.
  • Trained in and have delivered the following Forensic intervention and treatment programmes; Violence Is Not the Only Choice (VINTOC); Offending Is Not The Only Choice; Ross Reasoning and Rehabilitation Programme and G-Map Harmful Sexual Behaviour Intervention Programme.
  • Attachment and Psychopathology (2010)
  • Adult Attachment Interviews (2012)
  • Ambassador Training Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) (2013)
  • Expert Witness Training (2013)
  • Clinical Supervision Training (2013)
  • Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness Training (2014)
  • Accredited Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing practitioner (EMDR) (2014)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Essential Skills (2014)
  • Self –Harm Master Class (2014)
  • Reflective Practice Groups (2015)

Dr Ashurst is a Forensic Psychologist who Provides a forensic consultation and training service for organisations in Northern Ireland including the Police Service Of Northern Ireland; Youth Justice Agency; Health and Social Care Trusts as well as providing Forensic Mental Health Assessments and Interventions for adults and young people between the ages of 10-18 years who present with serious emotional, behavioural or social difficulties, learning difficulties, victims of child sexual abuse, mental health difficulties, and psychiatric disorders.

Dr Ashurst also provides assessment and treatment services to children and young people who present with persistent or serious antisocial and criminal behaviour, including interpersonal violence, fire setting, harmful sexual behaviour, have been sexually exploited or those at risk of child sexual exploitation.

Dr Ashurst is also able to offer training for Social Services and other agencies in Emotional Intelligence, Harmful Sexual Behaviour and identifying, interviewing, collecting and recording information in forensic cases; Provide Clinical Supervision to staff teams, psychologists, counsellors and Harmful Sexual Behaviour case managers and practitioners; gender specific HSB and Child Sexual Exploitation intervention.

Recognitions and Awards

  • Chief Constables commendation for continuous support and consideration of protected witnesses and for meticulous file preparation (1995)


  • Ashurst, E. (2011a) Emotional Intelligence and The Practitioner Working With Sexually Harmful Behaviour. In: M. C. Calder, ed., 2011. Contemporary Practice with Young People who Sexually Abuse. Evidence-based developments. Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK: Russell House Publishing, 102-118.
  • Ashurst, E. (2011b) Training in Social Services. In: M. C. Calder, ed., 2011. Contemporary Practice with Young People who Sexually Abuse. Evidence-based developments. Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK: Russell House Publishing, 119-133.
  • Ashurst, E. (In Press) Case Management: Definitions, tasks, standards for quality and achieving professional competence. M.C. Calder, ed., 2014. Contemporary Practice with Young People who present with Violent, Sexually Harmful, Self-harming and Substance related Behaviours.
  • Ashurst E. (2015) Children and Young People With Harmful Sexual Behaviour. NOTA Policy Paper.
  • Ashurst E. (2015) Children and Young People with Harmful Sexual Behaviour. Information Paper.
  • Ashurst, E. & McAlinden, A. (2015) Young People Who Display Harmful Sexual Behaviour: Grooming and Bullying Using Social Media.


  • Ashurst, E. (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) The Interface Between Social Work and Forensic Psychology, Queens University, Belfast.
  • Ashurst, E. (2011) Integrating Child Protection and Forensic Mental Health Care for Young people in the community who display Sexually Harmful Behaviour”. NOTA Conference. Queens University, Belfast.
  • Ashurst, E. (2011) A model for designing and evaluating training to ensure improvement of professional practice. 14th Annual National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
  • Ashurst, E. (2013) Social Media: Impact on Sexual Norms. National Organisation for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (NOTA) Conference, Belfast.
  • Ashurst, E. & Ashfield, S. (2013) Social Media: Impact on Sexual Norms. British Association For The Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASSPCAN) Conference, Belfast.
  • Ashurst, E. (2014) Assessment and Intervention of Adolescents who display Harmful Sexual Behaviour. Belfast Education and Library Board. Belfast.
  • Ashurst, E. (2014) Social Media: Impact on Sexual Norms. Nexus 30th Anniversary Conference, Belfast.
  • Ashurst, E and McAlinden (2015) Young People, Peer-to-Peer Grooming and Sexual Offending: Understanding and Responding to Harmful Sexual Behaviour within a Social Media Society. NOTA conference Dublin.

Professional Organisations and Affiliations

  • British Psychological Society; Forensic Division; Training and Research Division; Clinical Division
  • National Organisation For The Treatment of Abusers
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registered Forensic Psychologist
  • EMDR Association member