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Instructing Mental Health Expert Reports

Speaker: Dr. Emily Turton
Chambers: Emily Turton Psychological Services

Dr Turton has almost ten years experience working in forensic settings, assessing risk of violence and harm. She has worked with several high profile offenders. Dr Turton has experience of completing psychological assessments and has given evidence in court, parole hearings and tribunals. This includes conducting cognitive assessments of intelligence, memory, suggestibility, malingering/ effort, personality, trauma, mental illness, violence risk (including HCR-20), sexual risk, immigration matters, utilisation of translators and specialist assessments for ADHD and Autism.

In this presentation, Dr Emily Turton explains how to spot common mental health difficulties, when mental health reports can be helpful, and what makes a good report. She lists the most common mental health issues among those who are arrested, explaining how to identify them and how these issues may be a result of complex trauma, may impair problem solving skills and may lead people to make irrational decisions.

Key words/topics:

  • Psychosis
  • Personality Disorder: Antisocial, Narcissistic, Emotionally Unstable/ Borderline
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/ Complex Trauma
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Learning Disability
  • Corroborative Information
  • Complex trauma
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving skills