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MICHAEL HEAP

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QUALIFICATIONS

1970: BSc (Hons) in Psychology, University College London

1978: MSc in Clinical Psychology, North East London Polytechnic (now the University of East London)

1981: PhD in Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London

2001: MSc in Forensic Psychology (with Distinction), Manchester Metropolitan University

APPOINTMENTS

CURRENT

December 2001- Honorary Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield

October l992- Clinical Psychologist in private practice (also Chartered Forensic Psychologist from 2003)

RECENT

August 1999-April 2009: Consultant Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Wathwood Hospital (Medium Secure Unit), Rotherham (.5 wte)

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL AND LEARNED SOCIETIES

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the BPS

Member of the Division of Forensic Psychology of the BPS

Registrant of the Health and Care Professions Council

Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

Member of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis

SUMMARY OF CURRENT WORK

I am a clinical and forensic psychologist (chartered in both) iwith 46 years' experience working both in the Health Service and privately, assessing and treating people with psychological disorders and difficulties. Since 1992 I have worked privately in clinical practice and I regularly undertake psychological assessments for legal purposes. My work at Wathwood Hospital was with patients detained under various sections of the Mental Health Act.

I provide psychological profiles of accused and convicted defendants, and expert testimony for legal purposes (pre-trial, pre-sentencing, soundness of confession, risk assessment, etc.). To date I have undertaken over 370 such assessments. I do not provide assessments for the family courts.

Also, to date I have provided about 600 medico-legal reports for solicitors on assessments of psychological injury and other civil matters. I generally work with a client group of 16 years and over but also see children with post-traumatic stress.

WORK AND EXPERIENCE INVOLVING HYPNOSIS AND RELATED PROCEDURES

From 1990 to 2000 I was Administrator of the Diploma and Masters Courses in Clinical Hypnosis at the University of Sheffield, and from 1993 to 1999 I was Assistant Administrator of the Diploma and Masters Courses in Applied/Clinical Hypnosis at the Department of Psychology of University College, London.

From 1979 to 1995 I was Honorary Secretary of the British Society of Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis, a learned society of doctors, dentists and psychologists and later I was for several years its President. In the last 36 years I have published many learned papers and chapters on hypnosis in scientific journals and books and have lectured on the subject throughout Europe and in Israel, Canada and the USA. In the last 28 years I have edited, co-edited and co-authored nine learned books on the subject of hypnosis and its clinical applications. In 2001 I was convenor of a Working Party commissioned by the British Psychological Society to prepare a report on hypnosis, its various applications, and matters of ethics and safety.

I have provided expert opinion in around 26 civil and criminal cases in which hypnosis or related procedures have been used or allegedly so. Most of these have involved allegations of psychological injury or indecent assault. I have to date published a number of learned papers and lectured and taught on this aspect of my work in this country and in Europe.

TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT

I usually see claimants in civil cases at my private office in Sheffield. In the case of defendants in criminal cases, unless they are in custody I see them at the instructing solicitors' offices. Please contact me for details of fees. I do not charge VAT. Currently the period of time elapsing between receipt of instructions for civil cases and submission of the report is around two weeks. For Crown Court reports the period depends on the urgency of the case.