Briefing Psychologists & Understanding their Reports (On Demand)

Recorded Webinar 1 CPD Hr
At your desk or on your portable device

The evidence of mental health experts can be vital to obtaining a successful outcome for a client, whether in the mental health, family or criminal contexts, for example. This webinar is one of two designed to enable you to work more effectively with mental health experts.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain insights into the differences between psychologists and psychiatrists.
  • Learn when to use a psychologist in a range of statutory and litigation contexts and how to brief a psychologist more effectively.
  • Understand the respective roles of lawyer and psychologist and who the psychologist is acting for.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of some of the common psychological terms and methodologies.
  • Become more adept at interpreting psychological reports: the key elements; what makes for a good report and what are the flaws to watch out for.
  • Acquire a range of strategies for the use of reports: privacy considerations, second reports and second opinions, and when not to use a report.

Who should view?

Litigators and other lawyers who work with psychologists, particularly mental health law experts, criminal lawyers, family and immigration lawyers and youth advocates. Psychologists who are briefed by lawyers may also benefit from attending.

Feedback from the live event

"I haven't attended training via webinar before, so it was a new experience. I thought that the presenters did very well as often you can get a steer as to content based on reaction, whereas there was none for the presenters. I thought they were informative and the training was delivered clearly and at a good speed."

"Having both a legal and psychologist perspective was really useful. Thank you."

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Kate Leys

Kate was a partner at Wallace & Co from 1987-2003 before becoming a barrister sole. Her primary areas of practice are youth law, family law (including lawyer for the child) and criminal law. She has had experience of forensic reports in all three jurisdictions. Kate is also on the panel of counsel in the Family Court who are appointed as counsel to assist when Care Orders are reviewed by the Family Court. She has been appointed by both the Family and Youth Courts as Counsel to Assist.

Dr Jon Nuth
Registered Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist

Dr Jon Nuth is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and a Neuropsychologist.  Jon has 20 years' clinical experience in the UK and New Zealand (DHB Mental Health Services, ACC, private practice).  Much of Jon’s work involves complex assessments and psychological formulation to assist the Courts.  He has provided Court-ordered reports to the District Court, Family and Youth Courts, the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Office of the Coroner in the context of the Criminal Procedure (Mentally Impaired Persons) Act 2003; extended supervision orders under the Parole Act 2002; s138 of the Crimes Act 1961; and the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988.  Jon is also a Specialist Assessor under the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care & Rehabilitation) Act 2003.