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Gill McGauley Award

Gill McGauley Award of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy

for Young Professionals in Forensic Psychotherapy 










This award granted by the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy should encourage newcomers and trainees from all forensic professional disciplines to present at IAFP conferences and recognize outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of forensic psychotherapy.


The award is granted by the IAFP in memory of our friend and colleague, Professor Gill McGauley, former secretary and past president of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, who died unexpectedly on the 14th July 2016. Gill’s contribution to forensic psychotherapy and to our association is unique. She was the first Professor of Forensic Psychotherapy and Medical Education and Head of the Centre for Clinical Education at St George’s University of London and a Consultant in Forensic Psychotherapy in Central and North West London Foundation NHS Trust (CNWL). She developed psychotherapy services for women on prison (HMP Holloway and YOI Bronzefield) and worked in the High Secure Hospital Broadmoor where she established the first forensic psychotherapy service in a high secure hospital. Gill has developed forensic psychotherapy through teaching, scholarship and research. In 2009 she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy for excellence in teaching.


She gave an outstanding contribution to the research on the application of Attachment Theory and the development of Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) for personality disordered offender patients.






1.  The award shall be granted once per year.


2. Eligibility criteria for the award include:

a. First-time presenters at an IAFP conference; or

b. Presenters who are still in training; or

c. Self-described newcomers in the field of forensic psychotherapy


3. Candidates will be asked about their eligibility and interest in being considered for the award

when submitting a conference abstract. In addition, candidates can be nominated by the scientific

committee on the basis of their abstracts.


4.  The award will be open to candidates from every profession.


5. If a presentation is given by more than one individual, the first author of the abstract will be presented with the award.  e content of the presentations may be research work, theoretical contributions, reports on innovative practice, or case reports with a relevant link to therapeutic methods and/or theory.




1. A committee will attend the presentations and assess their quality, their scienti c and/or clinical relevance and the quality and originality of the presentation.


2.  The award committee will be three persons – a member from the local scienti c committee, a member from the board of IAFP, and (given that this will develop) the editor of the Journal for Forensic Psychotherapy or the board member responsible for the one-day seminars.


3.  The committee decides unanimously or by a majority on the award winner.  The decision of the committee is final and not subject to legal recourse.


THE AWARD may include either for single authors:


1. A one year free membership to IAFP


2. Participation at the next IAFP conference (IAFP will cover the conference fee only).


3. Support for the publication of a paper based on the presentation by a prominent tutorship through IAFP members.  The family of Professor Gill Mc Gauley, Tim, Sarah and Jessica Hucker will be informed each year by the president of IAFP who has been given the award.


2022: Dr Emily Turton

"Out of sight out of mind"

2021: Joint winners

James Rymer

"Gendercide - Gender Divide and the body; The art of Francis Bacon as a point of reference to Gendercide

Dr Hessel Willemsen

Trans, truth and the reinterpreted past: a child’s experience of living in two families”.

2019: Ravi Lingam, Simon Mason

"Self-cannibalism of a patient in absence of psychosis and suffering depression."

2018: Andrew Shepherd

"Prison Walls as both internal and external structures"

2017: Penny Stopforth

“Under-age, under-rage:an exploration of South African children who commit sexual violence”

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