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  • Pathfinder is a multi-disciplinary team that works with individuals who have been diagnosed or are suspected of having a personality disorder, who have committed violent and/or sexual offences and are at a high risk of reoffending. The Pathfinder Team is based in Petherton Resource Centre, Bristol and covers the West of England. Pathfinder provides interventions on an out-patient basis including:
  • Contribution to care pathway planning
  • Delivery of specialist psychological therapies
  • Assertive Case Management and gate-keeping on behalf of the West of England Forensic Services for all referrals of individuals with Personality Disorder to specialist high, medium and low secure services and independent sector placements.
  • Close case working with referring/partner agencies throughout the episode of care


'Pathfinder as it is helping me change the way my brain looks at the world around me and also the way I react to the world '
Jason, Service User 

Referral Criteria

  • Men or women of working age
  • Diagnosis of, or likelihood of, personality disorder
  • Forensic history of violent and/or sexual offending and currently posing a high risk of re-offending
  • Functional link between personality disorder and risk for violent and/or sexual offending
  • Service users must have care coordination within a community mental health team in order to work with the Pathfinder Service

Exclusion Criteria

Individuals suffering from:

  • active mental illness
  • significant learning disability
  • significant head injuries or with other significant neurological problems

Please see the other tabs for further details about the Pathfinder Service

Who can refer to the Pathfinder Service?

We accept referrals from:

  • Community Mental Health Team
  • Prison Mental Health in reach team
  • Probation Services
  • Other specialist Mental Health providers

Find the referral form here

Petherton Resource Centre, Bristol - Pathfinder team 01275 796410

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