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The Essential Expert Witness – Glasgow City Centre

September 19 @ 10:00 - September 20 @ 16:30

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Only £299 for both days!

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Workshop Details

You are invited to attend Dr Susan van Scoyoc’s highly acclaimed Essential Expert Witness series 19-20 September 2019. This training is being offered in Glasgow town centre, convenient from many parts of the country.

As working professionals we depend on our “toolbox” of skills to serve our clients, our employers, and others who retain our services. Psychologists who enter the world of Expert Witness services step into a busy and varied environment with no allowances to learn the ropes along the way. This workshop will help you start off an awareness of what to expect, the sort of work available, how to bill and provide estimates, and more.

A CPD certificate appropriate for HCPC requirements will be provided.

The venue is confirmed as:

Premier Inn Meetings; 377 Argyle Street; Glasgow G2 8LL (Argyle Room).

Premier Inn Meetings on Argyle Street, Glasgow

As this is one of our “essential” series, designed to make training affordable, the amenities will be simple and include still and sparkling water, free wi-fi, and pens and paper. There are coffee/tea/snacks/meals available onsite or nearby for additional cost. You will need to provide your own hot drinks and midday meal.

The Essential Expert Witness for Psychologists is an intensive, two-day workshop delivered to a small group of psychologists. Susan has worked as an Expert Witness for two decades in Civil, Family and Criminal cases. Susan has prepared reports and testified in criminal matters including murder, arson, rape, kidnapping, fraud, child abuse, teen crime, and more. Civil cases have included trauma, RTA, institutional abuse. Susan has been teaching Expert Witness workshops for over fifteen years and has been in professional practice for over thirty years.

“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.” Family Court Judge

The Essential Expert Witness workshop is unique in recognising that 95% of the Expert Witness work undertaken does not involve the drama of a court room, but the undertaking of psychological work within the guidelines of the legal system and to a high standard. The basis of a successful practice as an Expert Witness depends on providing the work as instructed by the legal team — either for the defence or the prosecution — complying with the requirements of the justice system. When Expert Witness work is well done it often means your report will be accepted by the court as submitted.

“I’ve implemented what we covered in terms of doing pre-court/proceedings work for child & family social services work, reports for education & it’s really given me greater confidence to present psychological information verbally & in written form to a wide range of people… &, most notably, to negotiate what is actually being asked of me when assessments are requested.” RH

Attending The Essential Expert Witness workshop with Susan will give you many opportunities to share her experiences as a psychologist working independently within the legal system. She will answer your questions and share what is essential in your role. You will learn to identify pitfalls, understand allowable fees, and come to appreciate the valuable role psychologists serve in the justice system.

Materials for use during the workshop and later in your practice will be available for download after you have booked and before the workshop.

AFTER the workshop you will be invited to attend an interactive webinar follow up to discuss any questions you may have and share your thoughts with other attendees who have registered for the webinar.

A CPD certificate, acceptable by HCPC, will be provided to attendees, who complete the workshop, for a total of 12 hours.

There will be opportunities for interaction with your fellow professionals, including a dinner (not included in the booking) following the first day at a nearby restaurant.

Details of Workshop

This two-day training will include the following:

Knowledge of the roles, duties and responsibilities of being an expert witness

The first consideration will be the difficult but essential balance of one’s duties as a psychologist with one’s duties as an expert witness. It is when these tensions are not recognised that boundaries are crossed and disaster happens! Attendees will learn the importance of both understanding and following court procedural rules.

Skills required for Expert Witness Psychological Assessment: the Practical Realities

The issues around psychological assessment when in the role of expert witness, including the choice of psychometric assessment tools will be addressed. Common difficulties, which arise unique to psycho-legal practice, are considered.

Essentials of Report Writing

Attendees will learn how to prepare expert reports of value to the courts, making them more easily defendable and so less vulnerable to cross-examination in the witness box. The challenges of the legal context are particularly considered.

Practice presenting your knowledge and opinion in Court

Presenting evidence in court is the culmination of the work carried out as an Expert Witness. Attendees will consider the court process and their part in it. Techniques commonly used by the legal profession to undermine testimony are considered along with tactics to ensure knowledge and expertise is heard.

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.

Learning outcomes and objectives:

  1. Knowledge of the roles, duties and responsibilities of being an expert witness
  2. Learn skills required for expert witness psychological assessment and the practical realities of the task
  3. Understand the legal and psychological essentials of expert witness report writing
  4. Learn skills for presenting your knowledge and opinion in court
  5. Consider ethical and practice challenges as a psychologist acting as an Expert Witness


September 19 @ 10:00
September 20 @ 16:30
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Town Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
United Kingdom


Dr Susan van Scoyoc