Alienation Category

Judge apologises to loving father who is prevented from seeing his children who are ‘alienated’ from him

‘There have been consistent recommendations throughout the eight-year history of these proceedings from a wide spectrum of professionals that contact should take place between the father and the children. ‘All professionals involved in this case have concluded that the mother has alienated the children from the father.’ Judge Wildblood said the children would have nothing […]

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Differences between male and female psychopaths

According to one 2012 study published in the International Journal of Women’s Health, female psychopaths are more likely to flirt and use their sexuality to manipulate people. They’re more likely to be verbally aggressive and mean and less likely to violently attack people. Psychopathic men, on the other hand, are more physically aggressive and more likely to […]

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Psychopaths and Sociopaths are wired differently

Background: Despite the relevance of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) in clinical settings, there is currently no empirical data available regarding the neurobiological correlates of NPD. In the present study, we performed a voxel-based morphometric analysis to provide initial insight into local abnormalities of gray matter (GM) volume. Methods: Structural brain images were obtained from patients […]

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Stop listening to your mind.

… that your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights. Kahlil Gibran said that, and he was right.  Listen, therefore, to your heart. Cultivate the ability to do this. Practice it. Produce it. Perfect it. It is not that difficult. Just be quiet with yourself. And for heaven’s sake, stop listening […]

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Example of case instructions

All estimates are based on the following assumptions:  individual being assessed speaks fluent English without marked sensory impairment;   individual being assessed attends as scheduled and is generally cooperative individual being assessed arrives with necessary aids if applicable (e.g. reading glasses,hearing aid) total expected reading is no more than 300 pages;   Medical records are available, if relevant; […]

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Role of psychologists as expert witnesses

As set out in Psychologists as expert witnesses: Guidelines and procedure (BPS, 2015):‘An expert is a person who, through special training, study or experience, is able to furnish the Court, tribunal or oral hearing with scientific or technical information which is likely to be outside the experience and knowledge of a Judge, magistrate, convenor or Jury’.Experts may […]

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How do I find a suitable Psychologist

There are a number of different ways to find a suitable Psychologist. The Court may recommend one or you could ask your solicitor or barrister if they can recommend one they have worked with in the past (and respect). You can also look for one on the British Psychological Society website where you can see […]

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What is a Psychological test?

Psychological tests (known as ´personality inventories´) are questionnaires designed to identify whether the person being assessed has thoughts and behaviours that indicate they have a personality disorder or clinical illness. The statements included in the questionnaires cover a wide range of topics, including attitudes on religion, sexual practices, perceptions of health, political ideas, information on […]

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When might an assessment be required?

The Court may consider requesting a psychological evaluation when allegations of mental illness or personality disorder need to be investigated. The primary causes for the Court to order the evaluation would be where it is alleged that behaviour attributed to mental health poses a risk to the other parent or the children (or both) or […]

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Psychological Assessments

CAN I ASK THAT MY EX PARTNER BE ASSESSED? Yes, but the Court will only consider such a request if there are good reasons. We strongly recommend you only make such a request if you believe that your ex-partner´s mental health poses a real risk to the children (themselves or others). Be aware that psychological […]

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