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The Essential Expert Witness Psychologist – Leicester

May 15 @ 10:00 - May 16 @ 16:30

Book The Essential Expert Witness Psychologist
£299 for both days!

May 15 & 16, 2019 – Leicester City Centre

Please contact us for payment via Bank Transfer

When booking please email us separately with your preferred contact email address.

You are invited to attend Dr Susan van Scoyoc’s highly acclaimed Essential Expert Witness for Psychologists series May 15 & 16, 2019. This training is being offered in Leicester town centre, convenient from many parts of the country, including London. The venue is confirmed and is within easy walking distance of the rail station, hotels (including Premier Inn), restaurants, and express grocery stores. Our philosophy for the essential series is affordable cost, non-London prices, venues throughout the country, and complete workshops in a single trip. If London is more convenient for you please see our training events under BPS Workshops or visit the BPS website.

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. Her civil cases have included trauma, RTA, and institutional abuse. Susan has been teaching Expert Witness workshops for over fifteen years and has been in continuous 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 for Psychologists 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 a particular type of psychological work within the guidelines of the legal system to a very high standard. The foundation of a successful practice as an Expert Witness depends on providing the work as instructed by the legal team — either for the defence, the prosecution, or jointly — and 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 for Psychologists 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 contribute in the justice system.

” I completed the bps 4 day training with you in Scotland. It was excellent and I think covered both the legal stuff and the specifics for psychologists. We got loads of very relevant papers to take away looking at specific issues for psychologists. I would very much recommend- it was great engaging training.”

AFTER the workshop you will be invited to attend an interactive webinar follow up to discuss any questions you may have, discuss the use of psychometrics in expert witness work, and share your thoughts with other attendees who have registered for the webinar.

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

Travel and accommodation in Leicester is reasonable and readily available. We recommend the Premier Inn on George Street, which is across the street from the venue and, in our experience, a very good hotel. Ibis, Mercure, Holiday Inn, Campanile, and others are also within walking distance. Parking at the Premier Inn is free and usually available if arriving early. Otherwise, additional parking is available in the same complex for a fee. NCP parking is available just outside of the hotel building as well. The Premier Inn has a restaurant in-house and serves a breakfast buffet.

There will be opportunities for interaction with your fellow professionals, including a buffet dinner (not included in the booking) following the first day at a nearby restaurant. The restaurant offers a range of international food including mostly Indian, Chinese, Mexican, and a range of vegetarian/vegan. It is reasonably priced and informal.

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

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


May 15 @ 10:00
May 16 @ 16:30
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Leicester City Centre
United Kingdom


Dr Susan van Scoyoc