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Expert Witness training: Roles, Responsibilities & Business - Part 1 (10/9/20)

10 September 2020 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Many psychologists find themselves being offered work as an expert witness and yet are often unaware of the additional responsibilities this brings.

This workshop ensures an understanding of the role of the expert, their importance in the court system and how to approach this as a business to create an income for the NHS Trust or one’s private practice.

Throughout the workshop the constant ethical tensions between being a practitioner psychologist and expert witness are discussed.

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

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 anyone 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. 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. Recognise the difference between being an Expert Witness and an Investigator
  4. Understand the importance of maintaining independence as an expert witness
  5. Be aware of business considerations when taking on Expert Witness work
  6. Be aware of ethical and practice challenges as a psychologist acting as an Expert Witness.

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.


09:30 Registration
10:00 Workshop starts
12:30 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 9 September 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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