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Forensic Series: How to Provide Effective Court Testimony
Thu, March 30, 2017, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
Instructor: Brad Hedges, Ph.D., PCC-S, Psychologist
Course Description: Being called to testify in court can be a frightening experience. This training is designed to assist mental health practitioners learn how to clarify their role within the court, prepare for court, and provide effective testimony once they are called to court. Participants should take the "Working With The Courts" training prior to taking this course.
• Understand the role of mental health practitioners in the court process. • Increase confidence in skills associated with providing effective testimony. • Practice the skills of effective testimony
Objectives: Participants will be able to- • Identify the difference between experts and witness of fact in a court process. • Identify the role of independent practitioners and supervised practitioners in court. • State at least 3 specific strategies for preparing for court. • Demonstrate effective testimony skills.
Workshop Outline: 1. Introduction 2. Goals/Objectives 3. Witness of fact vs. expert witness 4. Independent practitioner vs. supervised practitioner 5. Subpoenas 6. Preparing for court 7. Arriving to court 8. Providing testimony--techniques to manage the situation 9. Practice skills
Participants: Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists