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Expert Witness training: Writing the Expert Witness Report for Court - Part 2 (12 October 2018)

12 October 2018 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Writing reports for court as psychologist and expert witness - what to consider, how to do it, and what not to do.

This workshop focuses on the importance of the Expert Report and the court’s expectations of the expert report.

The Expert Witness Report is the foundation of Expert Witness work and a poorly written report may lead to questions about the Expert’s competence.

Attendees will learn how to prepare reports which are more valuable to the commissioning solicitor and the court as well as defensible during cross examination in the witness box. An approach to preparing expert witness reports as a practitioner psychologist is considered which allows delegates to consider information provided during the assessment in a way more suited to court settings.

The legal process as well as the formal requirements for structure of the report will be made clear.

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

Learning Outcomes 

  1. Understand of the importance of the Expert Report in a court setting
  2. Be aware of the differing court rules for Expert Witness Reports
  3. Understand the court emphasis on the difference between fact and opinion
  4. Understand the requirements for Statements of Compliance & Truth
  5. Be aware of ethical and practice issues as a psychologist acting as an Expert Witness


Delegates will be disadvantaged if they have not attended Expert Witness workshop 1 as the approach used builds upon knowledge already presented and will not be repeated.

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 11 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: [email protected]
Tel: + 44 (0)1952 214065

BPS Events - Bookings
PO Box 87


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