Dr Walker has an admirable depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in this field. Lindsey Williams, Family Court Assessment Service

Professional, comprehensive and responsive psychological services

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Psychological assessments for the Criminal Court are often required at Plea, Trial and Sentencing Hearings and we can offer you these for adults and adolescents at all stages of the legal process.

Compass Psychological Services have produced numerous reports for the Criminal Court and these have occasionally led to cross-examination of this evidence in Court. The types of cases have involved varied offences including Fraud, Sexual Offences, Violence and Murder.

Typical instructing questions have included:

  • fitness to plead and stand trial
  • intellectual and memory functioning of defendants
  • suggestibility and reliability of evidence
  • personality and psychological factors underpinning risk and offending
  • defendant vulnerability
  • treatment and management issues for defendants and prisoners
  • assessment of risk of violence, sexual violence and domestic abuse

Assessment Process

Assessments will include reading and analysis of relevant background documents, a clinical interview with the client as well as administration of relevant and appropriate psychometric measures. The report will usually include a psychological formulation (unless the report is purely instructed to deal with neuropsychological issues) and this can often be a helpful adjunct to the expert opinion. A psychological formulation offers a proposed explanatory framework in which the development and maintenance of an individual’s difficulties can be understood.

Appointments with clients for criminal proceedings typically take place in their solicitors’ offices or in custodial settings when necessary.

Court reports

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We provide thorough, evidence-based and objective reports for Family, Criminal and Civil Courts. We also provide extensive and comprehensive reports for the Parole Board and Court of Protection.

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Therapeutic Interventions

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Across the age range, Compass Psychological Services provide individualized therapeutic interventions that are based on thorough assessments, detailed formulations and up to date research evidence.

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Clinical supervision

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We have extensive experience of providing clinical supervision to Psychologists. With a growing client base from the NHS and Independent sectors, this represents an exciting development for our services.

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Compass Psychological Services Ltd
Litfield House Medical Centre,
Litfield Place,
Bristol BS8 3LS.

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