Instructor: Brad Hedges, Ph.D., PCC-S, Psychologist
Working with court ordered clients is often a challenging and overwhelming prospect for clinicains as courts have their own culture, which seems very different than the culture associated with traditional mental health environments. Much of the challenge of working with court ordered clietns is related to a general lack of knowledge about the practitioner’s role in the court process and fear of saying the “wrong thing” in testimony. This six hour training is designed to help the practitioner understand the court process and the role of the mental health practitioner in the process. This training will provide practical recommendations for getting through the experience of working with clients who require a therapist's involvement in the court system.
• Gain an understanding of the various courts
• Gain an understanding of the court process
• Identify the role of the mental health practitioner in the court system
• Develop an understanding of how and when to respond to a subpoena
• Develop an understanding of how to engage court ordered clients
• Develop an understanding of what courts are looking for in treatment
Participants will be able to-
• Name the various types of courts and their respective role within the court system.
• Correctly assign case examples to the appropriate court.
• Evaluate and critique various responses to situations involving a subpeona.
• Identify specific techniques for engaging court ordered clients
• Identify critical elements to court ordered treatment
3. Identificaton of various courts and their functions
4. Understanding the court process
6. Expectations of courts
7. Client engagement
8. Designing court programs
Participants: Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists