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Virtual Workshop

Forensic workshop series


Presented by: Chantal Waldeck

Session one: Introduction to forensic psychology: A South African perspective

This session will focus on the introductory principles of practicing forensic psychology within South Africa. We will be focusing on the role of the psychologist within the justice system and the scope of what a psychologist is required to do within the legal framework. The Criminal Procedures Act 51 of 1977 will be discussed in detail with regards to the psychological assessment of an accused found in the justice system.


Session two: The Child Justice Act and the psychological assessment of children in conflict with the law

This session is focused on the South African law regarding minors in conflict with the law. Legal principles of juvenile assessment will be discussed as well as the psychological assessment of minor children referred by the court. Challenges regarding the assessment of children and the principles of forensic psychological report writing will be covered.


Session three: Malingering in the forensic context: assessment and common themes found in the assessment of an accused/defendant in the legal system

This session will focus on malingering in the criminal justice system. The common themes and literature of malingering will be covered in detail. The assessment and report writing regarding a defendant presenting with features of malingering will be discussed.


Session four: Report writing guidelines and principles in forensic work and the ethical guidelines associated therewith

This session will focus on report writing within a forensic psychological framework. Guidelines regarding the structure of a report and pitfalls to avoid will be discussed. Court etiquette

and presentation of reports in court will be covered. Ethics and HPCSA guidelines regarding forensic psychology within South Africa will be detailed.

Who should attend?

Psychology professionals and anyone interested in forensic psychology work

DISCLAIMER: Presenters and attendees of all CPD activities must please note that the attainment of continuing education units (CEUs) does not licence any professional to practice outside their official scope of practice. CEUs are intended to broaden the knowledge of professionals but do not constitute professional training. Professionals should be registered with the HPCSA to perform any psychological act.