Legal Considerations for Psychologists in Private Practice

Saturday 8 August 2020

Brief description of the event:

This one day intensive training course entitled “Legal Considerations for Psychologists in Private Practice”  has been designed and customised to provide you with a clear insight into the professional and legal aspects of your work. We will cover, all areas of records including disclosure, storage and retention, requests for data, GDPR implications, subpoenas and court orders, types of witnesses, report writing, confidentiality and consent and capacity. The session will be conducted over Zoom and will be interactive with dedicated time for questions and answers.


Sarah Tully B.A (Hons), LLB (Hons), Solicitor

Sarah Tully Legal Training & Consultancy Services

Professional Summary

Sarah Tully is a Consultant Trainer and Solicitor with extensive experience in designing and delivering customised legal training courses. Sarah has trained extensively for the HSE and Hospital Groups and provided training for the Department of Education as well as many commercial organisations throughout Ireland. Prior to embarking on her training career, Sarah maintained a speciality in insurance defence litigation and practised in one of the recognised top defence firms in the country.

Training and Professional Experience

  • Holds a Certificate in Professional Education from the Law society of Ireland which included modules in curriculum design, aims and  intended learning outcomes, use of online tools, strategic positioning, attaining stakeholder buy in, return on investment, small group and large group teaching, teaching and learning philosophy, teaching practice, presentation and facilitation skills, and evaluation of courses.

Specialist areas include designing and presenting tailored legal training programmes for both public and private sector clients, primarily on topics such as investigation skills, GDPR, record keeping, report writing, presenting evidence in court and issues around Consent and Capacity.


B.A (Honours) NUI Galway.

LLB (Law) NUI Galway.

Certificate in Professional Education, Law Society of Ireland.

Certificate in Technology Law, Law Society of Ireland.

Qualified Solicitor

For whom:

Psychologists in private practice

What the participants will learn:

Attendees will learn how to take notes and records that will stand up to legal scrutiny should the need arise, or improve the systems they already have in place so that they may confidentially take notes and store them in compliance with GDPR and legal requirements. Attendees will learn how to deal with an access for information request under GDPR, Court Order, Discovery or by Subpoena and the process in place in how to deal with these requests. Finally, attendees will learn the law in relation to consent and capacity when dealing with vulnerable and underage clients this will be followed by a discussion of current issues in practice.

Course content:

Your Records

Professional Guidelines 
Common deficiencies in records from the legal perspective 
Case notes - guidelines 
Storage and retention of notes and records
Mandatory reporting of criminal behaviour 

Confidentiality of sessions – disclosure of notes 
Access to Documentation 
Freedom Of Information Act 
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) 

Subpoenas and Court Orders

Discovery of documentation 
Garda Search Warrants 
Witnesses Types – lay, expert, professional 


Consent & Capacity

National Consent Policy

What is valid Consent

Vulnerable Adults and Children


Report Writing

Your duty as an expert witness 
Fact or Opinion? 
Developing a report format/template for legal reports. 
Confidently Writing an independent report



This training day anticipates that attendees will leave the day feeling confident in the legal aspects of their work as a psychologist,

Methods of teaching and format of the event:

Presentation and workshop via Zoom

Engagement and participation is required

No preparation required

No qualifications and prior experience necessary


PSI Member rate:


SIGPPP rate:


Non-member rate:


What is Included:

A comprehensive workbook will be supplied (by email) to each attendee to use on the day and for future reference.

Venue: Online via Zoom

Date: 8th August 2020

Time: 10am - 4pm


Learners will need to have access to a laptop or desktop PC to join this class. If learners are using a tablet/phone to join this class, they will need to have Zoom already installed on their device.

Learning points: 4 CPD point

The Zoom Meeting details will be sent on to the participants via email. Please join the meeting on time. 

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