By Allan E. Barsky, Jonathan W. Gould
Psychological overall healthiness and human provider pros are usually referred to as directly to supply proof or professional testimony in more than a few situations, together with relatives legislation and baby welfare trials, psychological overall healthiness hearings, malpractice complaints, legal trials, executive hearings, and personal arbitration. Interacting with the felony method poses many capability demanding situations, yet sufficient coaching and a simple realizing of felony tactics and terminology could make the adventure a extra confident one.
This quantity offers sensible info and confirmed instructions to assist clinicians from any heritage comprehend their function in felony proceedings-and take part successfully, ethically, and with minimum rigidity. detailed good points comprise precious checklists and samples of affidavits, retainer agreements, and different fabrics that may be tailored to be used within the reader's personal practice.
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Extra info for Clinicians in Court: A Guide to Subpoenas, Depositions, Testifying, and Everything Else You Need to Know (2nd Edition)
Awareness of these issues can help you with the same type of “conscious use of self” as a witness as your awareness of self would serve you in therapeutic interactions with your clients (Schetky & Colbach, 1982). Self-awareness can also foster a sense of self-efficacy and empowerment. If you can remain calm and poised under stress, you will be able to testify more effectively. When you feel poised and confident, you will come across as more credible and convincing (Cramer, Neal, DeCoster, & Brodsky, 2010).
In one sense, clinicians are already at an advantage, because honesty is a professional ethic, and clinicians are practiced in the conscious use of self. Being credible does not seem that hard. In the legal system, being credible is not enough. You must be perceived as credible. That is where the adversarial nature of the legal system sometimes confounds well-meaning clinicians. 34 CLINICIANS IN COURT The legal system presents many challenges to clinicians. On the one hand, during direct examination, the court is interested in obtaining a description of the facts as you know them.
For ease of reference, the first initial of each person’s name corresponds with the first letter of that person’s role in the scenario 12 CLINICIANS IN COURT (P, parent; D, daughter; F, family therapist; M, mediator; A, attorney; S, social work investigator; E, evaluator). Paula Carvey (36 years old) and Philip Carvey (34 years old) have been married for 15 years. They are the parents of a 13-year-old daughter, Debra. Although the first 2 years of marriage fulfilled their dreams of wedded bliss, the honeymoon ended when Debra was born.