Dr Sue O’Rourke
Consultant Clinical Psychologist AFBPsS,
Qualified Interpreter RSLI
Dr Sue O’Rourke
Training and Assessment Team
Trainer - Mental Health CPD course
Monday - Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
EARLY MORNING AND LATE EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE
Dr Susan O’Rourke qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1989 and since that time has specialised in mental health and deafness. She has worked in NHS mental health services for deaf people in London and Birmingham and has managed the specialist deaf service at Rampton hospital, working with offenders in conditions of maximum security. In 2004 she left the NHS to develop specialist services for deaf offenders with mental health needs in the independent sector and has recently left this role to work as an independent practitioner. She has carried out research relating to deaf people in the criminal justice system, on behalf of the Dept of Health.
She has developed her BSL over the last 20 years and is a qualified interpreter, registered with NRCPD. She has a number of publications relating to mental health and deafness has presented at national and international conferences on the subject and has also delivered many training courses to interpreters.
Over 20 years Dr O’Rourke has carried out many medico-legal assessments and works as an expert witness in relation to criminal, personal injury and family proceedings. She has particular expertise assisting the Courts in relation to vulnerable witnesses and defendants. In this context she has worked in partnership to develop a new resource for police officers in carrying out the Truth and Lies test with deaf people and is lead author of a ‘Toolkit for Lawyers’ working with deaf people in the criminal justice system published by the Advocates Training Council.
Dr O'Rourke has worked in partnership with BSL Interpretations to create a truly bespoke course that will give BSL - English Interpreters a better insight into working in the field of Mental Health and Deafness.