Victim Impact Assessment – Promoting Mental Health Recovery While Tackling Crime

Examining Models of Assessing Victims in Order to Treat Them Effectively

This workshop will present an overview of global practice in 'victim impact assessment'. There will be a presentation of meta-analyses to date about tools to assess victim presentation and it will cover recommended tools for assessment. Delegate will consider the fundamentals of assessment tool implementation, training requirements and application for public institutions such as courts and insurance companies, and look at future trends and monitoring progress in the area.

Provisional timetable:

09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a 30min break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


The family law courts utilise forensic psychologist's expertise on a number of fronts. These include the assessment of parental capacity, reporting on the risk of family members causing harm to children and analysing the presentation of children to assess the likelihood of harm having occurred. This workshop presents material on preparing testimony for the family law court with respect to personal planning as well as facilitating victims ability to cope with giving evidence.

This workshop will be of interest to Chartered Psychologists and trainee psychologists from clinical and forensic backgrounds. It is intended for those who work with offenders who have also been the victim of crime and those who give testimony about victim presentation.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Awareness of what constitutes ‘victim impact assessment’.
  • Learning about current models of assessment.
  • Insight with respect to global best practice.
  • Knowledge about how to use ‘victim impact assessment’ to treat with more efficacy.
  • Enhance future research in this area.

Facilitator: Dr. Ian Gargan, CPsychol

Ian attended University College Cork in 1992 and completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Psychology in 1996. He then spent a year at the University of Leicester, England, attaining a Master of Science in Forensic Psychology. Upon returning to Ireland in 1999, Ian established Gargan Consulting. Much work was and continues to be carried out with children in residential care as well as the criminal justice system. This includes the education and training of other health care professionals.At this time Ian began studying medicine at Trinity College Dublin. He graduated with a Medical Degree in 2004.

Ian is a practicing Forensic Psychologist and is a registered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), in addition to full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP).

Booking information


  • Non members £90 (£75 + VAT)
  • Society members £60 (£50 + VAT)
  • DFP members £30 (£25+ VAT)

From 1st January 2013:

  • Non members £95 (£77.50 + VAT)
  • Society members £63 (£51.67 + VAT)
  • DFP members £33 (£25.83 + VAT)

How to book:

Registration for this event will close at 12:00 on 16 April 2013.



Jurys Inn Newcastle Hotel
Scotswood Road


Wed, 01/05/2013 -
09:30 to 16:30
Contact Information: 


BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Division of Forensic Psychology, BPS Learning Centre, and the North East Branch