The new Guidelines for Specialist Report writers (psychologists) in the Family Court New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference Rotorua, July 17-20, 2010 Dr Suzanne Blackwell Professor Fred Seymour
Professional development and supervision requirements
Other changes in the Family Court environment Greater access to information (internet) This means lawyers and litigants also Research findings about children and families Case law (tribunals and courts)
Recording Technology Safety/ security issues More self-represented litigants More litigious society
This means we must adapt to changes Better methodology and justification for departures from standard methodology Better control of the assessment process Better boundaries in assessment process
Consistent reading and correct application of research literature Better reports that have relevant information that is synthesised by the report writer Clarity and format of reports Appropriate supervision On going professional development Stay within areas of expertise
Greater attention to consent procedures Greater professionalism What are the hallmarks of this?
Also Experience Anecdotal reports from various professionals Report Writers’ survey conducted by Summer Scholarship student Katie McCormick Consultation with report writers both informally and formally