Professor Craig White  MML ClinPsyD PhD FRCP FBPsS
Consultant Clinical Psychologist 

Psychological Reports

Psychological Reports outline the questions that are being considered by others and provides the context to the reason for the report.  This is then followed by details of Sources of Information considered in providing a report, a section outlining the information that has been obtained through the process of assessment (which usually consists of interview, review of other documents through health, legal or care processes) and is followed by a section on Opinion and Recommendations.  

  • Background
  • Sources of Information
  • Assessment
  • Review of Medical Records (Optional)
  • Opinion
  • Recommendations
Many reports adopt a purely descriptive approach, providing an outline of the main presenting concerns/problems and chronologically outlining personal history - sometimes complemented by traditional headings used in clinical assessment report within mental health services.   In my view this is not always helpful to those instructing psychologists or requiring a professional opinion to support their work. 

In my experience these 'traditional' reports around clinical headings often miss key contextual information that can assist others such as solicitors or insurance companies to make sense of the unique impact of an event in someone in the context of their personal life experiences. This way a report can provide more than a label that is then used to calculate costs/compensation or other form of redress.  Context, links with psychological theory and evidence can open up new ways of thinking about cases, questions, areas of dispute and dialogue.  This website will start to provide anonymised examples of this in due course. 

If you would like more information on how Psychological Reports might better reflect the needs of you and your clients then please email Professor White at profc@profc.org