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Expert Witness training: Court Room Evidence - Part 3 (14/5/20)

14 May 2020 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Appearing in court as an expert psychologist - common difficulties, barrister tricks and how to survive

Presenting evidence in court is the culmination of the work carried out by psychologists in their role as an Expert Witness.

This workshop focuses on the importance of presenting Expert Witness Testimony following the submission of the Expert Report.

Pre-court procedures will be considered and the Meetings of Experts discussed in detail.

Attendees are taken through the court process and shown techniques, via training video, used by the legal profession to undermine expert testimony.

Attendees will have the opportunity to practice their own presentation in court by working in small groups and receiving feedback.

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 pre-court procedures including the Meeting of Experts
  2. Be aware of court protocols when attending court
  3. Gain confidence in presenting in court
  4. Recognise techniques used by the legal profession to attack the Expert Witness
  5. Be aware of ethical and practice issues as a psychologist acting as an Expert Witness


Delegates to this workshop will be disadvantaged if they have not attended Expert Witness workshops 1 or 2  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. 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.


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 at midday on 13 May 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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