Forensic Assessment of Psychological Injuries


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17 Sep 2021
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM


Zoom meeting

Workshop Learning Objectives

This workshop is about the forensic assessment of psychological injuries and is aimed at clinical or forensic psychologists who may conduct such assessments when retained by legal counsel.

Attendees will learn about common mental health diagnoses arising from trauma and a range of types of trauma commonly seen in personal injury claims.

Following the workshop, they will be able to identify reasonable clinical and validity assessment tools as well as structure an assessment plan for an independent assessment for a person claiming mental health problems arising from vehicular, interpersonal, or other trauma.

The attendee will be able to identify pitfalls or weaknesses in the assessment of injuries so as to avoid such errors themselves as well as to advise retaining counsel of such errors in other professionals’ reports.

The attendee will also learn about the implications and use of unique data such as surveillance recordings and social media postings.

The Presenter's Bio

Dr. William (Bill) Koch is a psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma survivors and people suffering from anxiety disorders and phobias. His primary emphases are the forensic assessment of psychological injuries arising from accidents, sexual assault and harassment, and disability claims, as well as professional malpractice and assessment of fitness to practice for health professionals. He is the first author of Koch, W.J., Douglas, K.S., Nicholls, T.L., & O'Neill, M. (2006). Psychological Injuries: Forensic Assessment, Treatment, and Law, Oxford University Press, has published over 40 articles and book chapters, and has taught a number of training workshops in forensic psychology.

Dr. Koch has served as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia for 38 years as well as serving as an adjunct professor and teaching graduate-level forensic psychological assessment courses at both UBC and Simon Fraser University. Between 1987 and 2005, he directed the psychology internship programs in Canada at UBC Hospital, and between 1984 and 2005, he directed a specialized cognitive behaviour therapy clinic at UBC Hospital for anxiety disorders, depression, and stress-related physical problems.

Dr. Koch has been given the Canadian Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions in Education and Training (2004), as well as the British Columbia Psychological Association’s Park O. Davidson award for contributions to the profession of psychology (2002). He has held a number of board and administrative positions in professional psychology at both the provincial and national level, including serving as Acting Registrar (1990-1991) and later President of the College of Psychologists of BC (1995).

In the community, Dr. Koch has a long involvement in amateur athletics officiating with over 15 years of service to Athletics Canada. He serves many weekends during the track and field season as a starter throughout British Columbia and other western Canadian provinces. He is a qualified international level starter and national level mentor and classroom teacher for starters.

In his personal life, Dr. Koch cooks for his family and friends, spends time in the gym, walks the beaches and trails of the Gulf Islands, reads and writes a great deal of fiction, and cleans his starting pistols, some of which are of dubious origin and in a state of severe disrepair.



  • BCPA Members: $105.00 + GST
  • BCPA Student Members: $85.75 + GST
  • Non Members: $141.75 + GST
  • Student non members: $102.75 + GST


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