Howard M. Shimmin

Senior Lecturer /Course Leader Personality Disorder Courses

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB309

+44 (0) 1772 89 3630

Subject Areas: Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Health, Allied Health, Criminology and Policing

Full Profile

Following his degree Howard Shimmin worked initially as research assistant then trained as a counsellor and began working in the Probation Service in residential services and psychological group-working. He subsequently qualified as a probation officer working in courts with individual offenders, running substance misuse and offending groups and working in the family courts in mediation services. Howard returned to manage a variety of specialist residential based services for people with mental disorders in the community including court diversion and assertive outreach. He then developed and managed a specialised forensic personality disorder service within high secure mental health settings, providing consultancy and training to newly developed services across the UK as part of this role.

From 1996 Howard Shimmin was part of the team that developed the national competencies and the curricula for a range of Personality Disorder courses, he was a member of the Anglo/Dutch groups looking at Personality Disorder Service provision and the national oversight groups looking at staffing in Personality Disorder Services across the UK.


Risk Management, Hershel Prins, 1997.

Working with Sex Offenders, D.Thornton, Ashworth Hospital, 1998.

Risk Assessment Training S.Hart .HCR20, 1999.

Risk Assessment Training, Staffing Issues. S.Wong, 2000.

Schema Therapy, Jeffrey Young, 2004.

Attachment Training, Tony Morrison, 2005.

Consultancy, Psychodynamics and the Organization, CPD Portman Course 2005-06.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, 2009 and DBT with PTSD 2014.

Risk assessment, psychometrics, psychopathy Caroline Logan and David Cook 1999, 2000, 2010.

Suicide risk assessment and prevention 2011

Schema focused therapy 2011

KUF 2011 and KUF train the trainer 2011

University certificate in higher education 2011

Qualifications (Cont.)

BA Hons Psychology/Sociology, Worcester College, 1982.

P.G. Dip Counselling, N.E.L.P. 1984.

C.Q.S.W. P.G.Dip (H.O. Probation Service), Liverpool University, 1987.

MSc in Criminological Psychology, Birmingham University, 2001.

University Certificate in Higher Education teaching, University of Central Lancashire, 2012.

Cognitive Group Work, Worcester Probation Service, 1986.

Family Therapy, John Howard, 1987.

Racism Awareness Training, Si Associates, 1987.

Substance Misuse, Dr.T.Gilligan, Worcester H.A. 1988.

Business Planning for the Public Sector, Gilpin and Black, 1988.

In Service Management Skills. Probation Service Regional Staff Development Unit, 1990-91.

Topics included Staff Supervision, Managing Change, Presentation Skills, Project Design, Budgets, Time Management, Dealing with the Media and Effective Multi-Agency Working.

Budgets and Auditing, Stonham H.A. 1992.

Working with Sex Offenders, M.Sheath, Gracewell, 1992.

CAT Introductory Course, North West CAT, 1995.

Family Therapy with Difficult Families, 1997.

Cognitive Skills Groupwork, Ross and Fabiano course, 1997.


Personality disorder and intellectual disabilities care planning best practice development

Social therapy outcome evaluation

Research Activities

Personality disorder and intellectual disabilities care planning, proposed research into best practice guide.


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