Psychologist and the Law- Legal considerations of a private practice

Brief description of the event:

This intensive one day training course “Psychologists and the Law” is suitable for psychologists in private practice. The training has been designed 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 and consent and capacity. The session will be interactive with time for questions and answers.


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

Professional Summary

Sarah joined La Touche Training in January 2018 in the role of Solicitor, Legal Programme Developer and Trainer. Sarah has input into the design, development and evaluation and implementation of specialised training programmed delivered by La Touche Training.  Sarah has trained extensively for the HSE and Hospital Groups throughout Ireland. Prior to joining La Touche Training, throughout her career Sarah maintained a speciality in defence litigation and practised in one of the recognised top defence firms in the country. Sarah also worked as in-house counsel for a major Irish retailer for a number of years.

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 and issues around Consent and Capacity.


B.A (Honours) NUI Galway.

LLB (Law) NUI Galway.

Certificate in Professional Education, Law Society of Ireland

Qualified Solicitor

For whom:

Psychologist in private practice

What will the participants 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


Allow practitioners to be aware of legal issues that may arise in their workplace.

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

No preparation or qualifications required

Fees & what is included

PSI Member rate: €100

SIGPPP rate: €85

Non-member rate: €120

Date: 4th April 2020

Time: 9.30am-4pm

Venue: Psychological Society of Ireland