Emma Holdsworth


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    I am Associate Head for Quality and Accreditation within the school of Psychological, Social and Behavioural Sciences at Coventry University, and previously Associate Head for Student Experience. I create and lead on initiatives to support academic staff in the delivery of education with high quality academic standards, maximising student engagement and student experience.

    I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a qualified Coach and Mentor (ILM), and a fellow of Advance HE. I have a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Forensic Psychology, and a PhD in offender rehabilitation.

    Since 2009 I have been working with Probation Trusts, CICs and Charities that support males and females through behavioural change to reduce harm. This work involves a number of services including:
    - Conducting research to establish the organisation's ethos and help them to clarify their mission and vision for supporting their clients
    - Designing strengths-based behavioural change programmes tailored for how the organisation
    works with clients (primarily solution-focused, sometimes trauma-informed or compassion focused)
    - Facilitator training
    - Train the trainer
    - Facilitator supervision
    - Routine programme updates to reflect contemporary research and current best practice therapeutic methods and refresher training to maintain therapeutic alignment

    Areas of Expertise:

    Leadership in student experience, quality and accreditation. Psychology, offender rehabilitation, solution-focused therapy, coaching and mentoring.

    Research Interests

    Offender rehabilitation, strengths-based approaches to the treatment of offenders, Criminal Justice Processes

    Vision Statement

    I see that in the future, the most effective offender rehabilitation programmes will prove to be those that adopt strengths-based approaches, that encourage and empower facilitators to work therapeutically with individuals, including those deemed unmotivated to change.  

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, A Theory of Offender and Facilitator Engagement in Offending Behaviour Programmes, Coventry University


    Award Date: 14 Apr 2015

    MSc, Forensic Psychology, Coventry University

    1 Sept 20081 Sept 2010

    Award Date: 1 Sept 2010

    Degree, BSc Psychology, Coventry University


    Award Date: 1 Jul 2008


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