Understanding, Assessing and Treating Adult Firesetters

Date: 10-11 August 2017, 9am – 5pm (registration opens 8.30am)

Venue: Christie Conference Centre, Leel 4 and 5, 100 Walker Street, North Sydney


  • Professor Theresa Gannon and Dr Nichola Tyler, Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP), University of Kent
  • Dr Lauren Ducat, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology and Forensicare.  

Deliberate firesetting is a major threat to Australian communities, with fires in both bushland and urban settings contributing to property damage, loss of life and psychological trauma. Worryingly, it is estimated that up to half of all bushfires are deliberately lit. Better understanding of who deliberately lights fires can lead to better prevention efforts, and more effective interventions to reduce reoffending. This workshop for mental health and correctional professionals will provide the most up to date local information from ongoing research conducted at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, in addition to cutting edge international research and best-practice approaches on the assessment and treatment of deliberate firesetters. 

Workshop outline

Day 1

Through a combination of lectures and practical learning tasks led by Dr Ducat, participants will gain knowledge of the common characteristics of and theoretical explanations for firesetting, learn about current evidence-based approaches to risk assessment, and be provided with best practice guidelines for firesetter assessment.

Day 2

Professor Gannon and Dr Tyler will provide participants with in-depth training in the treatment of firesetters. Participants will be provided with formal training on the delivery of two new evidence based interventions for firesetters developed in the UK: The Firesetting Intervention Programme for Prisoners (FIPP) and the The Firesetting Intervention Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders (FIPMO).


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Registration fees

$600.00 + GST

The registration fee includes a copy of either the FIP-MO or FIPP manual for all delegates along with all reading and training materials required to run the program. Delegates to indicate at time of registration which program manual they would prefer. Morning and afternoon tea, and lunch will be provided*.

*Please advise of dietary requirements at time of registration.   


Cancellations will be accepted up until 31 July 2017, however a processing fee will be applied to refunds.  Substitutions are free but must be advised as early as possible.

More information

Please contact Research Centre Coordinator, Brett McIvor, bmcivor@swin.edu.au.

Presenter bios

Theresa A. Gannon

Theresa A. Gannon, DPhil, CPsychol (Forensic) is Professor of Forensic Psychology and Director of the Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) at the University of Kent, UK. Theresa also works as a Practitioner Consultant Forensic Psychologist for the Forensic and Specialist Service Line, KMPT. Theresa has published over 100 chapters, articles, books, and other scholarly works in the areas of male and female firesetting, sexual offending, and the rehabilitation of people who have offended more generally. Theresa is lead developer of the very first standardized treatment programmes for individuals who have set fires (Firesetting Intervention Programme for Prisoners [FIPP] and Firesetting Intervention Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders [FIP-MO] and lead author of the very latest comprehensive theory of deliberate adult firesetting (M-TTAF). Theresa assesses and treats male and female firesetters regularly and is co-editor of two books examining firesetting (Firesetting and Mental Health: RCPsych Publications 2012 and The Psychology of Arson: Routledge 2015)

Theresa serves on the editorial boards of several journals including Aggression and Violent Behavior, British Journal of Forensic Practice, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. Theresa is also  Editor of Psychology Crime and Law.

Dr Nichola Tyler

Nichola Tyler is a Research Associate at the University of Kent and Kent Forensic and Specialist Services (Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust). She is also the Service Line Lead for Research for Kent Forensic and Specialist Services.

Nichola has authored over 15 book chapters and journal articles in forensic psychology. Her PhD research focussed on examining the characteristics, offence process, and treatment needs of mentally disordered firesetters. She was also the lead researcher on the project evaluating the effectiveness of the FIP-MO. Nichola has a wealth of experience of conducting assessments and treatment with male and female firesetters in both prisons and mental health services.

Dr Lauren Ducat

Lauren Ducat , DPsych (Clinical and Forensic) is a research fellow at the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University and Senior Clinical and Forensic Psychologist in Forensicare’s community-based Problem  Behaviour Program in Melbourne, Victoria.

Her research and clinical practice includes the application of best-practice guidelines to the assessment and treatment of complex criminal behaviours and the intersection between mental illness and offending. Dr Ducat has authored and co-authored several academic papers and book chapters on deliberate firesetting and other offending behaviour, such as stalking and sexual offending. She is currently continuing to conduct research on deliberate firesetting by women and risk assessment approaches and provides consultation on deliberate firesetting to clinicians working in the area of offender intervention.