Child's Play in Court - 2 day course. Oct 22 and 23

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Child's Play in Court - 2 day course. Oct 22 and 23

Date: 22 Oct 2021
Time: 10am to 3.45pm
Location: Online via Zoom
Places: 16
As a therapist, are you concerned about the idea of court and report writing or going to court? Then this two- day course is for you!

The course will help you answer these questions:

• What is my role as a therapist in court?
• How do I manage confidentiality and also provide the court with necessary information?
• What do I include/omit in my report for the court?
• How might I present my work in evidence?

This course is facilitated by Dr Barbara Mitchels, a practising therapist who is also a retired solicitor. She will help with answers to these questions and developing your skills and confidence to work in the court arena. The course includes facilitator input, experiential activities, group discussions, handouts and role play exercises to develop and practise the techniques of preparation for court and courtroom skills.

Day 1

Legal system, notes, confidentiality and information sharing, report writing and CPS guidance

This day is designed for therapists who may be involved in writing reports for the court or presenting evidence about their work in the courts, and includes:

• Different types of court and their roles
• The powers of the police, lawyers and the judiciary
• How to respond to a solicitor’s request for evidence
• Case notes and other therapeutic material that can be used by the courts
• Managing confidentiality and disclosures
• Writing Court reports (what to include or omit, structuring reports and presentation)
• The different roles of a witness of fact and an expert witness
• CPS guidance on pre-trial therapy with children and vulnerable adult witnesses
• ‘Special measures’ for children and vulnerable adults as witnesses

Day 2

Giving Effective Evidence: Presenting your evidence in court

This day will focus on attending and giving evidence in court hearings and presenting creative mediums such as play, art and drama as evidence in the courts. We will use a case study and role play to assist in skill development and confidence in presenting evidence.

• Who is who in the court-room
• Family Court procedure and Criminal Court procedure
• What to do on arrival at court.
• Waiting time
• How do I address the magistrates / judge/ others in court?
• How should I behave in court? Where do I sit? What might I need to bring with me?
• Evidence and cross examination
• Presenting creative media in the court room
• After the court hearing

The benefits of attending this two-day course:

• Develop skills and confidence in preparing yourself and presenting your evidence in the courtroom in a safe and enjoyable learning environment.
• Increase your knowledge and confidence about the role of the therapist in the courtroom
• Gain 10 hours of continued professional development and receive a certificate of attendance to evidence the

This course will be useful for – Art, Drama, Music and Play Therapists, Counsellors, Creative Arts Therapists, Child Therapists, Child Psychotherapists, School Safeguarding Staff


Please note that fees for April 2020- March 2021 have been reduced for professional members from €110 to €80 to assist members with recovery of practice due to Covid19.

These fees and all other membership fees will be taken in two instalments: April and Oct 2020.