Witness Stand A Guide for Clinical Social Workers in the Courtroom

ISBN-10: 078901145X
ISBN-13: 9780789011459
Edition: 2001
Authors: Janet Vogelsang
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List price: $58.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 6/12/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 154
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Learn reliable techniques to prepare and present effective testimony!“Soon after leaving graduate school I was thrown to the courtroom wolves with no preparation. No social worker should have to go through that,” says Janet Vogelsang, author of The Witness Stand. Few colleges of social work prepare their students for the inevitable involvement with the courts entailed by their profession. This timely book provides you with a blueprint for presenting yourself as a competent and credible professional in court cases.This indispensable guide tells exactly what happens in court, how to counter common strategies for discrediting your profession, and what to do when your client's attorney is obnoxious. The Witness Stand emphasizes the biopsychosocial assessment as the essential tool for a social worker called on to testify in court. Its helpful features include sample forms and affidavits and actual court testimony. The end-of-chapter summaries can be used for rapid review and as a ”to do” checklist for preparing a court case.The Witness Stand offers practical, detailed advice on such matters as:how the legal system workshow to handle contacts with attorneys and investigatorswhat to do with documents and fileshow to prepare your testimonyhow to handle direct testimony and cross-examinationhow to define your social work expertise on the standwhat to wear when you go to courtThe Witness Stand can help you deal with the anxiety-provoking complexities of the legal system. Instead of being confused or intimidated by legal arcana, you will be well-prepared, well-organized, and ready to present yourself as the confident, reliable professional you are.

Conclusions About the Witness Stand
How to Use This Book
How the Court System Works
Types of Courts and Rules of Evidence
Types of Witnesses
American Jurisprudence Proof of Facts
The Affidavit
Legal Definitions
The Court System and Definitions: Summary
The Biopsychosocial Assessment As Expertise
Relearning the Biopsychosocial Assessment
Case Example and Testimony Using the Biopsychosocial Assessment
Biopsychosocial Assessment Questionnaires
The Biopsychosocial Assessment: Summary
Working with the Lawyer on Your Case
Example of Testimony Without Reference to the Client
Working with the Lawyer on Your Case: Summary
Investigators and Investigations
Checklist for Investigations
Asking for an Investigator
Investigators and Investigations: Summary
Sample Interview with a Mother
Sample Interview with Military Personnel
Interviews: Summary
Sample of Direct Testimony from Records
Sample of Cross-Examination on the Records
Sample of Direct Testimony in a Sexual Abuse Case
Records: Summary
Interviewing Other Experts
Example of Testimony Regarding Other Experts
Interviewing Other Experts: Summary
Research and Other Publications
Sample of Testimony Regarding Publication of Civil Suit
Sample of Testimony Using Literature on Sexual Trauma
Research and Other Publications: Summary
Visual Aids
Examples of Visual Aids
Example of Testimony Using Visual Aids
Visual Aids: Summary
Preparation of Testimony
Themes, Conclusions, and Sources
Tell the Attorney About Your Opinions
Preparing Direct and Cross-Examination
Preparation of Testimony: Summary
Qualifying As an Expert
Sample of Qualifying Questions for the Clinical Social Work Expert
Qualifying As an Expert: Summary
Direct Testimony
Laying the Foundation
Addressing the Court
Direct Testimony: Summary
The Most Commonly Asked Questions on Cross-Examination
Examples of Cross-Examination Questions
Cross-Examination: Summary
Courtroom Demeanor
Tips for Testifying in Court
Talk to the Attorney About the Case
On the Witness Stand

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