Expert Witness: Family Court Proceedings (Level 4)

This event is cancelled.

The work of expert witness psychologists preparing reports for the family courts is always a challenge. More recently such reports have been subject to criticism in the press. This workshop examines the particular requirements for family court and aims to provide the participants with the knowledge needed to become a reliable and sought after expert witness in the family courts.


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30 - 13:00 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends


This workshop adds further to the understanding of the requirements of the family court, the importance of the focused court report and appearance.

Attendees will discuss the particular rules of the family court and the duties of an Expert Witness. Best practice in report writing and court appearance for the family court will be discussed. The importance of placing the welfare of the child first will be emphasized throughout.

This workshop is skills based. It explores the requirements placed upon applied psychologists by the legal system when working as an expert witness in family court proceedings.

This workshop is an advanced workshop which follows the series of three workshops offered to provide a strong foundation for providing services as an expert witness.

It is strongly recommended that those attending this workshop will have attended the Levels 1, 2 and 3 workshops:

•    Expert Witness: Essential Knowledge of Being an Expert Witness (Level 1)
•    Expert Witness: Report Writing (Level 2)
•    Expert Witness: Presenting Court Room Evidence (Level 3)

This event is suitable for Chartered Psychologists (all Society Divisions).

Learning outcomes and objectives

Participants will understand:

  • the role and responsibilities of being an expert witness in family court proceedings
  • the importance of presenting both observational material and evidence based reports
  • the link between a well written report and the expert’s experience in the witness box.

Facilitator:Susan van Scoyoc CPsychol CSci AFBPsS

Susan has acted as an expert witness as an applied psychologist for a number of years. She offers training in small group environments in order to assist psychologist colleagues to learn how to present their existing knowledge at its best in legal settings. Susan is a member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses as well as on the BPS registers for supervision, psychologists specialising in psychotherapy and psychometric testing.
Judge’s comments in family court: Dr Van Scoyoc was clear and compelling in her evidence defending her position that she had carried out sufficient observations of the children in an unbiased way to form a clear opinion. Her presentation and consistency between her live and documentary evidence confirmed her credibility.

Co-Facilitator:Stephen van Scoyoc BS, MLA (Hons)

Stephen specializes in effective management of service-based businesses. Stephen served a decade as a nuclear technician in the US Navy followed by 25 years as director or CEO of companies in the US and UK. He has been an active lecturer and trainer in science, business, and security.

Booking information


  • Society members: £156 (£130 + VAT)
  • Society non-members: £234 (£195 +VAT)

How to book:

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Call: +44(0)116 252 9512 for availability after this point.

Mon, 26/11/2012 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel. +44(0)116 252 9925

BPS Learning Centre