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Expert Witness training: Choosing, Using & Presenting Psychometrics in Court - Part 4 (9/4/20)

09 April 2020 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Choosing, using & presenting psychometrics as expert witness psychologists - highs & lows of statistics in court.

Learn the challenges of choosing, using and presenting psychometrics as part of your expert evidence.

This workshop focuses on the use of psychometric assessments as an Expert Witness.

Courts are increasingly looking to Experts to provide what they regard as scientific, validated assessments using psychometric assessments.

The choice of assessment tools, the skills needed and the importance of careful interpretation will be discussed with participants sharing the measures they have found most useful within their area of practice. How to present results clearly will be explored as well as common techniques used by barristers to discredit them.

Please note this is not a training in psychometric use and assumes a prior knowledge of psychometric principles.

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.

A full list of workshops can be found here.

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


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the importance of using well-chosen psychometric tests appropriate to your legal instructions
  2. Understand the limitations test use and why this must be emphasised in court procedures
  3. Learn how to present complex data in an Expert Report
  4. Recognise techniques used by the legal profession to undermine the psychometric evidence
  5. Raising awareness of ethical and practice issues as a psychologist acting as an Expert Witness


Please note this is not a training in psychometric use and assumes a prior knowledge of psychometric principles.
Delegates attending this workshop will be disadvantaged if they have not attended Expert Witness workshops 1, 2 or 3 as the approach used builds upon knowledge already presented and will not be repeated.

Facilitator: Dr Susan van Scoyoc CPsychol FBPsS

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.


09:30-10:00 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30-13:00 Lunch (provided)


16:30 Workshop ends


Non-Members £305.00  (£254.17 +VAT)
Society Members £191.00 (£159.17 + VAT)

Please note: online bookings will close at midday on 8 April 2020.  

To register for the workshop click the register button. Enter your BPS user account details or set up a new account by clicking ‘create an account’.

When signed in, click the register button to book and pay for your place.

Terms and conditions apply.

For further information please email [email protected]

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