Dr Christopher Burke is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who began working as a Psychologist in 1997 and as a Clinical Psychologist in 2003. He has pre and post doctorate qualification experience working in both the NHS and the private sector with adults and children experiencing psychological distress. Chris spent seven years working at the Centre for the Vulnerable Child, a specialist NHS service for traumatised children. He has completed extensive continuing professional development including a post-graduate diploma entitled Therapeutic Skills with Children and Young People.
Along with his colleague Dr Anne Woodhouse, Chris developed the Safe and Meaningful Contact Guidelines to identify whether the contact system (child, carer and birth parent) is being supported to achieve safe and meaningful direct contact for the child. Chris provides training to legal decision-makers, practitioners working with looked after children and caregivers (such as adopters, kinship carers, special guardians, and foster carers) to develop understanding of the benefits and risks associated with what contact means to the child.
In his capacity as an expert witness Chris has undertaken numerous medico-legal reports and is experienced at providing evidence in court. As well as assessing and treating a range of psychological problems in children, young people and adults, Chris provides consultation and supervision to professionals seeking to understand the psychological needs of their clients.
Dr Chris Burke, DClinPsyc, MSc, BA (Hons), PGdip.
Post Graduate Diploma: Therapeutic Skills with Children and Young People
University Of Strathclyde, 2010
Doctorate of Clinical Psychology
University of Edinburgh, 2003
MSc Psychology and Health
University of Stirling, 1997
BA Hons Psychology
University Of Liverpool, 1994
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT*
|Assessment of Children and Families in Care Proceedings:
an Anna Freud Centre approach
|2019||Anna Freud Centre, London|
|Risk Assessment during Infancy and Early Years||2019||International Training School for Infancy and Early Years|
| Parent Development Inteview:
-Assessment of Parental Representational Risk
-Assessment of Reflective Functioning
|2018||Anna Freud Centre, London|
|The Meaning of the Child to the Parent Coding System||2017||Roehampton University, London|
|Life story work with troubled children||2017||Children In Scotland, Glasgow|
|Story Stem Assessment Profiling (Accredited)||2016||Anna Freud Centre, London|
|Psychological Trauma in Children and Adolescents||2016||UK Psychological Trauma Society, Edinburgh|
|Collaborative Practice||2014||Consensus, Edinburgh|
|Mentalisation Based Treatment: Basic Training||2013||University of Striling|
|BPS Expert Witness training level 1 and 2||2011||British Psychological Society, London|
*This is not an exhaustive summary of continuing professional development but a digest of significant post-qualification training.
|Clinical Psychologist||2008-present||Private Practice, Psychological Minds across Scotland|
|Associate (Clinical Psychology Service working with adults, young people and children)||2008-2016||The Keil Centre, Edinburgh|
|Clinical Psychologist (Multi-disciplinary service for traumatised children and young people)||2006-2013||Centre for the Vulnerable Child, Child and Adolsecent Mental Health Service, NHS Fife|
|Clinical Psychologist (Adult Primary Care Service for adults experiencing psychological problems)||2002-2006||Adult Primary Care, NHS Fife|
Burke, C. and Woodhouse, A.E. (2019). The clinical psychologist as expert witness in family law. The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland (journalonline.co.uk), June 2019.
Martin, N., Woodhouse, A.E., Burke, C. (2019). Being trauma-informed in practice. The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, October 2019.
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
Registered Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions’ Council (PYL03151)
Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (187192)
Member of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology