Training for Psychological and Psychiatric Medico-Legal Report Writers at the Helen Bamber Foundation (POSTPONED) 17th February 2020

Training for writing psychological and psychiatric medico-legal reports medico-legal reports for survivors of human rights abuses.

*this training has been postponed until 5th June 2020, due to the current coronavirus situation*

Helen Bamber Foundation, Bruges Place, NW1 0TF

Please note that the main entrance is on Randolph Street. The nearest transport links are Camden Town tube (7 mins walk) or Camden Road overground (2 mins walk).


Please kindly note there is a refundable fee of £100 to attend the training in exchange for a commitment that you will prepare at least two medico-legal reports for the Helen Bamber Foundation within a 12-month period. This fee will be returned after completion of the two reports, which will be undertaken on a pro-bono basis. Should you wish to continue your commitment, reports produced thereafter will be paid.

You will be provided with detailed and constructive feedback and any additional support you require throughout your first reports. We consider that these reports are part of the training process, and you will receive a certificate for completion of the MLR training only once these reports have been completed. We hope that preparing the reports will be a rewarding experience for you, but please note that these reports do require a substantial time commitment, particularly when you are still training.

Please only agree to attend the training if you are able to give the time commitment it requires at present. If you cannot give this time at the moment, we would be happy to keep your name on the waiting list to attend future trainings.

To be eligible to attend this training, you must:

• Be registered with the HCPC or GMC.
• Have substantial experience in diagnosing (and ideally, treating) a range of common mental health problems, including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
• Have personal indemnity insurance
• Be able to commit the time to complete two pro bono reports as part of your training (up to 30 hours)
• For psychologists:You must be at least two years post-qualified (and have worked consistently throughout this period if only two years qualified
• For psychiatrists:You must have the MRCPsych or equivalent and be in a consultant, career grade or higher training post (or retired from such a post).

What does it include?

The training will cover:
• The legal context of the asylum system and the purpose of medico-legal reports (MLRs)
• The Istanbul Protocol and its application to psychological/psychiatric reports
• Complex PTSD – assessment, diagnosis and treatment recommendations
• Working with survivors of trafficking
• Preparing psychiatric and psychological reports for survivors of human rights abuses, including survivors of trafficking and HBF processes for MLR writers
• The role of the expert witness and giving evidence in court

We will provide you with handouts and template reports to help you as you get started in preparing reports.

You will be asked to read some key documents in advance of attending the training, and these documents will be discussed throughout the training to ensure these documents have been read and understood.

Registration (with tea and coffee) will be at We will start promptly at 9.15am and will conclude the sessions at 5pm.

Lunch is not provided, but there are a number of shops and cafes nearby to our offices.

We will ask to you sign a visitor’s confidentiality agreement on the day, as some sensitive client information may be discussed over the course of the training session.

 How to register?

Please confirm your attendance by email in order to book a place on the training. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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