Project Description

Dr Astrid Birgden is a forensic and clinical psychologist with 25 years experience in developing seven statewide frameworks and services in the courts, corrections and human services. Between 2006 and 2011 she established and managed the Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre in Sydney, Australia, based on a humanistic approach. Since becoming a consultant in 2011, she has provided advice regarding the assessment, treatment, and management of complex clients, developed service delivery and case management models, and conducted organisational reviews of correctional and forensic disability agencies. Her international work includes citizen-police mediation in New Orleans and torture prevention in Asia. She has a particular interest in the interface between law and psychology and is published in the areas of offender rehabilitation, therapeutic jurisprudence, and human rights. She is Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Deakin University and has a Certificate in Advanced Mental Disability Law through New York Law School.