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Practitioner psychologist as expert witness

Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th June 2018 at Cardiff Marriott Hotel

This two-day training will include the following:

Knowledge of the roles, duties and responsibilities of being an expert witness

The first consideration will be the difficult but essential balance of one’s duties as a psychologist with one’s duties as an expert witness. It is when these tensions are not recognised that boundaries are crossed and disaster happens! Attendees will learn the importance of both understanding and following court procedural rules.

Skills required for Expert Witness Psychological Assessment: the Practical Realities

The issues around psychological assessment when in the role of expert witness, including the choice of psychometric assessment tools will be addressed. Common difficulties, which arise unique to psycho-legal practice, are considered.

Essentials of Report Writing

Attendees will learn how to prepare expert reports of value to the courts, making them more easily defendable and so less vulnerable to cross-examination in the witness box. The challenges of the legal context are particularly considered.

Practice presenting your knowledge and opinion in Court

Presenting evidence in court is the culmination of the work carried out as an Expert Witness. Attendees will consider the court process and their part in it. Techniques commonly used by the legal profession to undermine testimony are considered along with tactics to ensure knowledge and expertise is heard.

Throughout the workshop the constant ethical tensions between being a practitioner psychologist and expert witness are discussed, Common errors will be explored to aid in the prevention of experiencing devastating criticism of the psychologist by the judge.

Target audience

This workshop is intended for HCPC registered practitioner psychologists or those towards the completion of their accredited training who plan to act as an Expert Witness. The training will also be a useful refresher for those who already act in this role.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  1. Knowledge of the roles, duties and responsibilities of being an expert witness
  2. Learn skills required for expert witness psychological assessment and the practical realities of the task
  3. Understand the legal and psychological essentials of expert witness report writing
  4. Learn skills for presenting your knowledge and opinion in court
  5. Consider ethical and practice challenges as a psychologist acting as an Expert Witness

Delegate fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506

Agenda

Monday 11th June 2018

Please note, lunch is not provided. All speakers, timings and content are subject to change.

09:30Arrival and Refreshments
10:00Workshop Starts
12:30Lunch (Not provided)
13:15Workshop Continues
16:30Workshop Close

Tuesday 12th June 2018

Please note, lunch is not provided. All speakers, timings and content are subject to change.

09:30Arrival and Refreshments
10:00Workshop Starts
12:30Lunch (Not provided)
13:15Workshop Continues
16:30Workshop Close

Venue

Cardiff Marriott Hotel

Mill Lane, Cardiff, CF10 1EZ •  Directions

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