Working with Mental Health in the Justice System

City Law School and IfJ joint CPD Courses

Event details


29 Nov 2022
6 Dec 2022
13 Dec 2022


From 09:30-15:00 each day
Registration: 09:15


Zoom Online
United Kingdom

Event Fees

3-day course £ 330.00

Booking info

Max participants: 20

Course facilitator(s): Raymond Lyons & Dr Andrea Heverin

Course facilitator(s) bio:

Andrea is a Registered Intermediary with a background in clinical psychology and research. Raymond is a Registered Intermediary with a background in mental health and adult nursing.

Course requirements: IfJ Member

Who is this course for: Intermediaries looking to expand their knowledge on mental health

The course will develop participants' knowledge and confidence in mental health conditions. It assumes previous knowledge and aims to equip participants to work with vulnerable people where mental health conditions are secondary to their main vulnerability. The course will not in itself equip participants to take on mental health cases.

Course content:

By the end of the course, participants will have: 

  • Considered different perspectives on what constitutes mental health and mental ill-health. 
  • Improved knowledge of the most prevalent psychiatric diagnoses from the ICD-11 and DSM-5 and their impact upon communication. 
  • Considered critiques of diagnostic approaches to psychiatry. 
  • Explored the fundamental nature of emotional co-regulation and self-regulation to mental health and communication. 
  • Considered some perspectives of people diagnosed/impacted upon by mental health conditions. 
  • Improved knowledge of the Mental Health Act.
  • Improved knowledge of the main groups of psychiatric medication and their impact on communication. 
  • Improved understanding of complex presentations: concurrent mental health conditions, addiction issues and/or learning difficulties/disabilities, and 'personality disorders'.
  • Explored how an intermediary works within a witness' professional network and accesses information from it. 
  • A better understanding of how to address safeguarding concerns in relation to mental health. 
  • Explored approaches to assessing the impact of mental ill-health and emotional dysregulation on communication. 
  • Increased confidence in writing up assessment findings and recommendations for adjustments to support effective participation. 
  • Explored a range of case studies of witnesses with mental health issues.

Course aims/objectives:

1. Build participants' knowledge and understanding in mental health and confidence in working with mental health conditions. 

2. Equip participants to work with vulnerable witnesses where mental health conditions are secondary to their main vulnerability. 

3. The course will broaden and deepen participants' understanding of this challenging and complex area. 

4. The course will not, in itself, equip participants to take on mental health cases.

Course method:

The workshop is run in the form of a small group training. The presenter will persent information and will invite high levels of participation and sharing of knowledge and ideas. The approach to learning will include:

1. Direct teaching. 

2. Small group exploration and facilitated large group discussion. 

3.  Exploration through a variety of media: film, articles, books, of differing perspectives on mental health and ill-health. 

4. Use case studies and examples from intermediary reports. 

The following materials are provided: 

  • Timetable
  • Powerpoint presentation
  • Bibliography and further reading list
  • Additional relevant resources

- Participants to log on 15 minutes prior to start of each session.

- It is required that all participants keep their cameras on throughout the workshop.

- Participants to complete online feedback form post workshop.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking with 14 or more days notice, you will receive a full refund minus a £15 admin charge. If you cancel your booking with less than 48 hours' notice, we are unfortunately unable to offer a refund. However, you may substitute another delegate or transfer to another course by giving IfJ at least 24 hours’ notice.

In exceptional circumstances IfJ reserve the right to issue a full refund. Please inform us at the time of cancellation of your particular reason for cancelling. If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please do so by emailing:

We will endeavour to respond to all cancellation requests within two working days. Refunds will be made using the same method of payment as you used for the purchase and will be paid within seven days of refund confirmation.

Places are limited to a maximum of 20 participants. There is a minimum requirement of 12 participants. If the minimum number is not met, IfJ reserve the right to cancel the course with at least two weeks' notice and a full refund will be issued.