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Expert Witness training: Roles, Responsibilities & Business - Part 1 (11 October 2018)

11 October 2018 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Roles, responsibilities and perils of psychologists as expert witnesses. The essential guide to expert witness work and business aspects.

Many psychologists find themselves being offered work as an expert witness and yet are often unaware of the additional responsibilities this brings.

This workshop ensures an understanding of the role of the expert, their importance in the court system and how to approach this as a business to create an income for the NHS Trust or one’s private practise. 

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.

This training is in a small group environment to assist psychologists to learn how to present their existing knowledge at its best in legal settings.

Target audience 

This workshop is intended for HCPC registered practitioner psychologists or those towards the completion of their accredited training.

It is particularly suitable for those considering embarking on practice as an Expert Witness but will also be a useful refresher for those who may have found themselves unexpectedly taking on this role.

This is skills based training for psychologists acting as expert witnesses. It is strongly recommended that you attend Part 1, 2 and 3 sequentially and before attending Part 4. 

BPS London Office
30 Tabernacle Street

Event Location: 

Learning Outcomes 

  1. Know the Cresswell Principles of expert evidence

  2. Know the importance of being familiar with the court rules (Civil Procedure, Family Proceedings & Criminal Procedure)

  3. Recognise the difference between being an Expert Witness and an Investigator

  4. Understand the importance of maintaining independence as an expert witness

  5. Be aware of business considerations when taking on Expert Witness work

  6. Be aware of ethical and practice challenges as a psychologist acting as an Expert Witness

Facilitator: Susan van Scoyoc CPsychol AFBPsS  

Susan has acted as an expert witness as an applied psychologist for over fifteen years. 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.


09:30 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30 Lunch
16:30 Workshop ends
Non-Members £293.00 (£244.17 +VAT)
Society Members £183.00 (£152.50 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close on 10 October 2018.

Please call +44 (0)1952 214065 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice (a purchase order is required for invoices) please complete and return the 2018 Expert Witness Registration Form.

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

For further information on booking please contact:
[email protected]
+ 44 (0)1952 214065
BPS Events - Bookings
PO Box 87


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