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Writing Reports for Lawyers and Court

Event number: 17368
4 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Dr Phil Watts MAPS MCCLP MCFP

The Family Court, Magistrates Court, and other court like bodies, find well written psychological information helpful to their processes.   Unfortunately, often psychological information is underutilised as it is not package in a way which is meaningful to the Court.  This is because although psychologists are well trained in writing reports for other treating practitioners but preparing reports for lawyers and courts is an altogether different story.  

The competent psychologist understands that treatment reports and independent forensic evaluations are very different in their nature. It is essential for the ethical practitioner to understand how to write reports which are beneficial to the reader.  Remembering that a well written report is the best defence against going to court, it is critical that practitioners in clinical practice understand how to maximise the utility of their work.  This mini class will help you understand what lawyers want, how they may trap you, and help you give due consideration to other professional issues.   Dr Phil, author of Surviving the witness box, will provide an interesting and entertaining workshop. 

The all-important issue of how to cost reports will also be discussed as common areas of dispute between lawyers and psychologists centre around costs for services.  

Learning outcomes

At the end of this workshop you will:

1. Know the difference between treatment and expert reports.

2. Understand how a well written report is the best defence against cross examination.

3. Understand the writing style which lawyers and judges can relate to. 

4. Develop strategies to determine whether or not produce a report.  


About the presenter(s)

Dr Phil Watts is a clinical and forensic psychologist with 25 years’ experience. He is an entertaining presenter, well known to many within the profession. He is from WA but is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Canberra. Dr Phil has recently published a self-treatment guide for men on the topic of internet pornography “IP:DIY Internet Pornography: Do it yourself treatment guide for men”. He has varied interests and has books on shared care, and giving evidence in court.


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Psychology Melbourne
2/50 Queen Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 4/4/2017
End date: 4/4/2017
Time: 1.30-5.30pm


APS Member: $110.00
APS Student: $110.00
Non Member: $220.00


APS - Melbourne Branch
The Study Group Network (SGN) is an initiative of the APS Melbourne Branch designed to improve psychologists’ clinical and research skills and to keep them current with new developments.
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