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On being an Expert Witness in injury work with Dr Kathryn Newns, Clinical Psychologist at Applied Psychology Solutions

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Dr Katie Newns tells us all about being an Expert Witness in injury cases: from the initial training and accreditation to experience in court, balancing evidence, facing awkward questions, dealing with considerable pressures, and the difference between formulation and diagnosis. Listen to learn more about this kind of work and see whether it could suit you.

4:25 “The thing that really drew me to this work was the ‘detective’ element of it.”
13:22 “It doesn’t matter whether I am instructed by the claimant or the defendant, my duty is to the court.”
50:32 “Biology never read the DSM5. It doesn’t mean anything. We need to be working with what people are presenting with and how we can help them out.”

1:32 Katie introduces herself and her work
5:10 What the work entails
6:43 Training and accreditation
11:23 Balancing the subject’s experience with the other evidence
14:09 Knowing whether the work is for you
16:39 The process
23:50 Awkward questions from the other side
25:45 Joint statements
27:00 Going to court
29:44 Giving a range of opinion
31:34 External pressure
36:32 Pressure from treating psychologists
42:45 Formulation vs diagnosis
51:13 3 things about expert witness work

Guest: Dr Katie Newns, Applied Psychology Solutions
Presenter: Dr Shabnam Berry-Khan, director of PsychWorks Associates.
Editor: Emily Crosby Media.