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Best practice case notes and report writing to address legal issues and risks for school psychologists

Event number: 18857
1.5 CPD hours
APS Institute CPD
Presenter(s): Dr Simon Kennedy

This is the final webinar in the series on school psychology.

The APS Code of Ethics requires that ‘psychologists make and keep adequate records’. This session will explore what constitutes adequate records and will outline the requirements of best practice case note and report writing to address legal issues and risks for psychologists working in schools. The session will examine the following issues that are relevant to record keeping in schools: 

  • How can a school psychologist’s notes be used in legal proceedings?
  • What should you include in your notes?
  • Examining examples of ‘good’ notes versus ‘bad’ notes.
  • Exploring best practice in recording discussions, quotes from clients, tasks given to clients and other interactions
  • Computer notes versus handwritten notes
  • Key points to consider in writing reports for Court proceedings.

The 4 webinars on the topic of  School psychology, ethics and the law are: 

  • Ethical challenges for school psychologists and problem solving models for ethical dilemmas: Thursday 3 August 2017, 7-8.30pm AEST
  • Confidentiality and privacy issues for psychologists who work in schools:  Thursday 17 August 2017, 7-8.30pm AEST
  • Negotiating the legal frameworks that apply to schools and school psychology; what every psychologist should know:  Thursday 31 August 2017, 7-8.30pm AEST
  • Best practice case notes and report writing to address legal issues and risks for school psychologists: Thursday 14 September 2017, 7-8.30pm AEST


Dr. Simon Kennedy is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with a specialty in psycho-legal assessment, reporting and testimony.  He holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science, Master of Psychology (Clinical), Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) (University of Melbourne), and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the University of Manchester. 

Dr. Kennedy is a Member of the Clinical, Forensic and Educational/Developmental Colleges of the Australian Psychological Society. He has been a registered Psychologist since 1984 and has undertaken private practice since 1986. Dr. Kennedy has held senior positions in Clinical Psychology, was a tenured Senior Lecturer at Australian Catholic University 1991-2003, is a visiting senior lecturer at RMIT University, has published over 20 papers in Australian and international journals, has presented to over 40 Australian and international conferences, is an assessor for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, is an independent examiner for Worksafe & the Transport Accident Commission, and is a performance examiner for The Psychology Board of Australia. 

Dr. Kennedy is an experienced expert witness, having written over 12,000 independent psycho-legal reports and reports regarding criminal, family, children’s, civil and compensation matters.


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REGISTER FOR ALL FOUR (and receive a substancial discount)


Start date: 14/9/2017
End date: 14/9/2017
Time: 7.00 - 8.30 pm AEST


APS Member: $80
APS Non Member: $120


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