The Criminal Justice System – For Therapists with Clients Who Have Offended Online

Course aim

An online session to familiarise therapists with a basic knowledge of the involvement by Social Services and the Criminal Justice System during a police investigation into alleged sex offending. This short course focuses on online internet offences (CAI, sexual communication with a child, fantasy chat lines with adults). It aims to provide the therapist with a broad overview, sufficient for them to engage with the client along their journey.

Key Learning Outcomes

To help the therapist become familiar with: –

  • Issues faced by clients (and their families) after ‘the knock’
  • Social services involvement
  • Criminal Justice Pathway
  • Life after sentencing


  • Involvement by Social Services
    • Safeguarding
    • Child protection
  • The Criminal Justice System
    • The process followed by the police
    • Lawyers and Barristers
    • Crown Prosecution Service
    • Magistrates Court
    • Crown Court
    • Pre- sentencing reports
    • Sentencing Decisions (community orders – suspended – custodial)
    • Prison
    • Sexual Harm Prevention Orders (SHPO)
    • Notification (Sex Offenders Register)
  • Multi Agency Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)
  • Public Protection Units
  • Supervision by Probation
  • Treatment Programmes e.g., i-Horizon
  • Disbarring Service (DBS checks)

Cost, Date & Time

  • Wednesday 15th September
  • 10:00 to 13:00
  • Single 3 hour session – Delivered remotely by Zoom


Your Trainer

Julie Newberry PhD

For 10 years, Julie has been a counselling psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and trainer.  She has lectured at various counselling courses in higher education settings. Whilst volunteering for Samaritans she was a regional and branch trainer for the South East.

Julie is accredited with both BACP and NCS.  She qualified in Integrated Humanistic Counselling and has since taken further qualifications in CBT, couples therapy, counselling supervision and treatment of sex offenders. As an independent practitioner, she provides therapy to individuals, couples and groups, both face to face and remotely.

During the last 8 years she has provided therapy or psychoeducation to over 150 offenders either as individuals or small groups. She is a facilitator with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation for offenders and for partners of offenders. She also volunteers with Circles South East, an organization which provides support and accountability to sex offenders during their rehabilitation into the community. In addition, she trains other therapists in the field of sexual offending.