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Firesetting Intervention Programmes

The Firesetting Intervention Programme for Mentally Disordered Offenders (FIP-MO) is the first standardised intervention for individuals with a mental/personality disorder who deliberately set fires. It was developed as part of a joint project by the Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (University of Kent) and Kent Forensic Psychiatry Service (Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust) and is underpinned by the Multi-Trajectory Theory of Adult Firesetting.

The FIP-MO has been subject to a multi-site research evaluation, with results showing that it is effective in reducing some of the firesetters’ key deficits.

We have also developed the Firesetting Intervention Programme for Prisoners (FIPP) as a sister programme to the FIP-MO for use within prisons. This programme is also underpinned by the Multi-Trajectory Theory of Adult Firesetting.

We are currently recruiting treatments sites for an ongoing research project assessing the long-term effectiveness of both the FIP-MO and FIPP programmes. For more information, or if you would like to be involved, please see our ongoing research page.

To be able to run the FIP-MO or FIPP programme facilitators need to attend a one day training programme, which is now approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).