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The seminar “Methodological problems of establishing the fact and determining the size of moral harm in a psychological examination” took place in Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise

One of the most difficult and responsible problems of modern science is the human problem. It has special significance for jurisprudence, which uses, in the development of its scientific provisions, the attainment of various levels of knowledge about a person. Forensic psychological examination belongs to the most common procedural form of using this knowledge.

Forensic psychological examination, as one of the forms of special psychological knowledge, helps to resolve issues of psychological content. Experts daily solve the issue of diverse content. At the same time, quite often there are disputable issues, the solution of which requires a joint discussion of a wide range of participants.

To discuss and solve the methodological problems of establishing the fact and determining the amount of moral damage in the psychological examination, a corresponding scientific and practical seminar was held at Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise.

Representatives of the forensic expert institutions of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, as well as colleagues from educational institutions that train the specialists of the forensic expert field, were invited to participate.

The seminar began with a welcoming speech by Oleksandr Ruvin, Director of Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, who noted that forensic psychological examination as a form of applying psychological knowledge in jurisprudence is the most promising direction of scientific research. It requires a clear definition of the main criteria that determine both the theoretical justification and the practical implementation of expert activities by an expert psychologist. Despite this, the communication of a wide range of specialists will help to quickly solve problematic issues.

Yurii Irkhin, Head of the Department of Psychological Research was the moderator of the event. As part of the seminar, the participants discussed legislative documents regulating forensic activity, certification of forensic expert psychologists and the process of conducting forensic psychological examinations in cases of compensation for moral harm.

Yurii Irkhin, Head of the Department of Psychological Research in the presentation for participants presented a number of common problem issues that are usually raised in the courts, namely: the absence or availability of appropriate techniques and their scientific justification; the limits of the competence of psychology and other specialized knowledge; legitimacy (within the competence of psychology) of accounting for legal facts and aspects; doubt in the subject matter of moral harm to the competence of psychological research etc.

The workshop was organized within the framework of discussion and joint discussion, therefore each participant present had the opportunity to express his/her own vision of the issues submitted for consideration and discussion.

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