When courts are relying on professionals to give much needed expert opinion it is vital that the expert is sufficiently qualified to look past the many myths prevalent in domestic abuse and give an assessment of the risks and vulnerabilities that will adequately safeguard the victim and their children. With the relentless pressure of child protection work and when the consequences of a misjudgment can be so devastating, those making the decisions to ensure the safety and well being of children need all the help they can get.. Our team of domestic abuse experts who provide assessments, consultations and training to local authorities and the family courts. Our experts have decades of experience working directly with domestic abuse perpetrators and victims, as specialist assessors and as expert witnesses in the family courts.
The biopsychosocial approach, as compared to the other psychology paradigms, is a holistic approach to understanding an individual’s behavior that attributes it to multiple causes rather than just one. This perspective allows for the fact that the interactions of our body, mind, and our environment all affect each other in different ways. We access individual’s biological, psychological and social influences to identify history of trauma, illness, and psychological disorders. Many psychological disorders have a hereditary component and so family and genetics clearly have an important role to play regarding psychological disorders. The social component of the biopsychosocial method covers a wide range of social factors. It includes an individual’s socioeconomic status, religion, culture, and even resources available to them. A good example of a social factor would be a sad or stressful life event, such as a really bad break-up or someone getting fired from their job; both events can increase stress and put an individual at risk for illness.