Intermediaries Working with Mental Health in Justice Settings

IfJ CPD Courses

Event details


9 May 2024
16 May 2024


9 May, 09:30-13:30
16 May, 09:30-13:30
Registration 09:15


Zoom Online
United Kingdom

Event Fees

6-hour subsidised course £ 50.00

Booking info

Max participants: 20

Course facilitator(s): Sarah Cocco & Lucy Archinal-Hudson

Course facilitator(s) bio:

Sarah Cocco

Sarah Cocco (she/her/hers) is a Senior Intermediary at the ACT Human Rights Commission (Canberra, Australia). Sarah has been an accredited intermediary since January 2020 and has recently been registered as a lawyer in the ACT. Sarah's previous tertiary studies in psychology and criminology and her interest in law intersect well with her passion for intermediary work and ensuring the justice system is accessible and as flexible as is possible to accommodate individual needs. 

Lucy Archinal-Hudson

Lucy Archinal-Hudson (she/her/hers) is a registered psychologist and clinical psychology registrar who has worked with clients across many contexts including private practice, education, forensic settings, and out-of-home care. Lucy currently works as the Clinical Director at Feel The Magic, a national not-for-profit organisation, and she also maintains her own private practice providing therapy for a variety of mental health issues. Lucy has been an accredited ACT intermediary since 2021 and is committed to people being able to meaningfully participate in the criminal justice system.

Course requirements: IfJ members It is recommended that participants attend both sessions to maximise learnings and engagement.

This course will run over two sessions and aims to build participants' confidence when working with vulnerable people where mental health is a factor impacting their communication during engagements in the criminal justice system. 

Course Content:

By the end of the course, participants will have: 

  1. Considered different perspectives on what constitutes mental health and mental ill-health. 
  2. Improved knowledge of some prevalent psychiatric diagnoses from the ICD-10 and DSM 5 and their impact upon communication. 
  3. Considerations related to diagnostic labels and the use of language in engagements. 
  4. Explored the fundamental nature of emotional co-regulation and self-regulation to mental health and communication.
  5. Considered some perspectives of people diagnosed/impacted upon by mental health conditions. 
  6. Improved knowledge of the main groups of psychiatric medication and their impact on communication. 
  7. Improved understanding of complex presentations: co-morbidity, concurrent mental health conditions, addiction issues and/or learning difficulties/disabilities, and 'personality disorders'. 
  8. A better understanding of how to address safeguarding concerns in relation to mental health. 
  9. Explored approaches to assessing the impact of mental ill-health and emotional dysregulation on communication. 
  10. Increased confidence in writing up assessment findings and recommendations for adjustments to support effective participation. 
  11. Explored a range of case studies of witnesses with mental health issues. 

Course aims/objectives:

The course will::

  1. Build participants' knowledge and understanding in: 
    • Mental health 
    • Impact of mental health on communication
  2. Build participants' confidence in working with vulnerable witnesses whose communication is impacted by MH.

It 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 presenters will present 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 topic exploration and facilitated large group discussion of findings. 
  3. Exploration of different media: film, articles, books, to access different perspectives on mental health and ill-health. 
  4. Use case studies and examples from intermediary reports (participants are encouraged to present aspects of their own cases). 
  5. The following materials are provided: 
    • Timetable
    • Glossary of terms
    • Powerpoint presentations
    • Bibliography and further reading list 

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

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

- Participants to complete online feedback form post workshop.

All participants will have direct/indirect experience of mental ill-health and distress. As such, it is essential that all discussions are approached in a respectful, thoughtful and sensitive manner. 

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.