I have experience of conducting psychological assessments of adults, as an expert witness, in both Private and Public Family Law Cases.
Areas of Psychological Assessment
I am regularly instructed to prepare reports addressing a variety of issues in family cases, including:
- Care/contact proceedings
- Child protection where there is a question of sexual, physical or emotional abuse or neglect
- Failure to thrive
- Non-accidental injury
- Parenting capacity
- Domestic violence
- Personality disorder and how this relates to parenting
- Child disabilities and parenting ability
- Parental learning disabilities
- The assessment of risk
- Parental relationships
I have a particular interest in non-accidental injury cases.
I have recently published two chapters on the assessment of parenting capacity as follows:
Birch, S. (2015) Factors that demonstrate change or potential change in parenting capacity. In Bryn Williams, Emma Peart & Roger Young (Eds.) Understanding and assessing a parent’s capacity to change within the timescales of the child. London: Jordan Publishing.
Carstairs, Kari & Birch, Sarah (2015). Assessing a parent’s capacity to change in psychotherapy: The use of the Rorschach and the MMPI-2. In Bryn Williams, Emma Peart & Roger Young (Eds.) Understanding and assessing a parent’s capacity to change within the timescales of the child. London: Jordan Publishing.
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