The Psychological Society of Ireland



The Psychological Society of Ireland,
Floor 2, Grantham House,
Grantham Street, Dublin 8, D08 W8HD.


Becoming an expert witness – foundation workshop

Jointly Presented by the Division of Counselling Psychology, Psychological Society of Ireland, Department of Psychology, UCC 

Venue: Department of Applied Psychology, UCC. North Mall, Cork
Date: Friday 6th October 2017

Time: The registration desk will open at 9.40 a.m.
Workshop will run from 10.00 a.m. to 4.30

Learning Credits: 4

Fees: PSI Member €90.00, Non-Member €120.00

This workshop is designed for psychologists who may need to or be requested to utilise their experience and expertise by giving a testimony in a court of law or improve their existing practice.
There are very strict formal requirements which have to be met for the testimony to be accepted (see:

The event presents the necessary knowledge in an accessible way.The workshop can be a first step in taking up the expert witness role. It gives a solid foundation and opportunity to learn from a very experienced forensic psychologist, working in this field in Ireland for over 20 years.

To provide participants with an overview of the role of the psychologist in Court. On completion participants will be familiar with type of questions asked of psychologists in the criminal, family and civil courts, and how to go about addressing these appropriately.

This is a foundation workshop which prepares participants for more advanced training in the future, such as a day on report writing for the courts, dealing with examination and cross examination.

Outline for the Day:

  • The "Expert" witness

  • The court system

  • Questions asked of psychologists

  • What can we answer

  • How to address the questions:

  • Methodology

  • Psychometrics

  • Report writing

  • Giving evidence

Dr Patrick Randall

Patrick completed his clinical training in 1993 and subsequently graduated from the University of Potchefstroom, South Africa, with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. He came to Ireland in 1995 and has been working in a variety of forensic and clinical settings since then.

In 2009, Patrick founded Forensic Psychological Services: as one of its directors. He is mainly responsible for the general management of the service and service and programme development. Patrick also provides training, consultation, and supervision to other professionals. Additionally, he is involved in direct clinical work and has a vast experience in giving expert testimony in courts.


Patrick is particularly interested in people who have committed sexual offences and adolescents displaying challenging or harmful behaviours.
Qualifications: B.A., M.A., PsyD., Reg. Psychol., A.F.Ps.S.I.





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