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Expert Witness: England & Wales - Roles and responsibilities (17/5/21)

17 May 2021 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Roles, responsibilities and perils of psychologists as expert witnesses under England and Wales legal systems. The essential guide to expert witness work.

Many psychologists are not fully aware of the responsibilities of being an expert witness in the judicial system.

This may result in difficulties both for the psychologist and the legal team instructing them.

Difficulties which could have been avoided.

This webinar will explain the role of the psychologist as expert witness, the common tensions of being a psychologist practitioner and expert witness. 

Common errors will be explored to assist in the prevention of experiencing devastating criticism of the psychologist by the judge.

Target audience

This webinar 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 updating refresher for those with experience in this role.

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. Understand the importance of maintaining independence as an expert witness
  4. Be aware of ethical and practice issues often faced by a psychologist acting as an Expert Witness

Presenter: Dr Susan van Scoyoc CPsychol FBPsS

Susan has acted as an expert witness as an applied psychologist for over fifteen years. She offers training in small group environments to assist psychologist colleagues 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.


Start 14:00

Finish 15:30

Non-members £80.00 (£66.67 + VAT)
Society member

£48.50 (£40.42 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close just before the webinar starts.

To register for the webinar you need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button.

When signed in, click the ‘register’ button to book onto the workshop.

There is a £15 cancellation fee.

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