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Expert Witness: Choosing, Using & Presenting Psychometrics in Court (21/6/21)

21 June 2021 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Choosing, Using & Presenting Psychometrics as expert witness psychologists - highs and lows of statistics in court

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

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.

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.

Target audience

This webinar 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 a skills based training for psychologists acting as expert witnesses.

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


Presenter: 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.


Start 14:00

Finish 15:30

Non-members £80.00 (£66.67 + VAT)
Society member £48.50 (£40.42 + VAT)

Online bookings will close just before the webinar starts.

To register for the webinar you need to sign into your BPS user account or create a new account by clicking the ‘create an account’ button.

When signed in, click the ‘register’ button to book onto the workshop.

Please note: there is a £15 cancellation fee.

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