Family reports and the justice system: a forensic psychologist’s perspective

Family reports and the justice system: a forensic psychologist's perspective

The Law Society's Family Violence & Childrens Committee invite you to a late afternoon presentation from forensic psychologist, Leesa Morris. Leesa will share her perspective on undertaking forensic assessments in a family law setting. Leesa's discussion will include the considerations of a forensic psychologist, challenges of the profession, and ways lawyers can support their clients within the justice system. 


Leesa Morris, Forensic Psychology Canberra

Leesa Morris is a forensic psychologist and holds a Bachelor of Social (Honours), MA (Hons), MPsych (Forensic). She has 20 years’ experience having worked with the Australian Institute of Criminology, Department of Defence and the ACT Mental Health Crisis Team. She has both clinical, forensic and organisational consulting expertise having implemented evidence-based practice interventions in both the government and private sectors. Leesa has undertaken more than 1000 forensic assessments across criminal, civil, Family, Children’s and Administrative Courts and Tribunals. She has particular experience in risk assessment for violence, recidivism and psychological disorders. Leesa balances her forensic assessment work with counselling in general, forensic and family contexts, further supporting her reports and recommendations to be in line with current practice. She works with children through to adults using evidence-based interventions. Leesa is passionate about children having access to their best environment for development. Leesa also regularly delivers seminars to legal professionals on issues around vicarious trauma and the role of forensic psychologists in ensuring clients receive the most effective support.


  • When: Thursday 23 February, 4-5pm
  • Where: ACT Law Society, level 4, 1 Farrell Pl, Canberra ACT 2601
  • Cost (inc GST): $88 for members, $115 for non-members, $25 for student and CLC members
  • Contact Casey for online options
  • CPD: Members will earn 1 point in Core Area 4 (substantive law and procedural law)
  • Registrations close Monday 20 February 2023

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Member ticket $88.00(GST incl.) Register
Non-member ticket $115.00(GST incl.) Register
Student/CLC member ticket $25.00(GST incl.) Register



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