Clinicians in Court, Second Edition A Guide to Subpoenas, Depositions, Testifying, and Everything Else You Need to Know

ISBN-10: 1462513107
ISBN-13: 9781462513109
Edition: 2nd 2012 (Revised)
Authors: Allan E. Barsky
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List price: $34.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Publication date: 10/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 333
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Interacting with the legal system can be stressful and intimidating for mental health professionals. This trusted book provides user-friendly strategies to help clinicians prepare for testimony in court and other legal proceedings. Using vivid case scenarios from family law and other areas, the author explains legal terms and offers practical suggestions for avoiding pitfalls and managing ethical dilemmas. Clear guidelines are presented for record keeping, responding to subpoenas, preparing reports, and performing effectively on the stand as a fact witness or expert witness. Reproducible agreements and other sample documentation can be photocopied from the appendices or downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 112" x 11" size. New to this edition: incorporates updates in research, case law, statutes, and practice; examines the developing role of mental health professionals as forensic consultants; increased attention to ethical issues, such as dual relationships, professional boundaries, confidentiality, and competence; an appendix with reflection questions that extend the scope of each chapter; explores special issues that may arise in cases involving children; and supplemental materials for course use including an instructor's manual are available at the author's website.

Prologue
Introduction
Case Scenario: The Carveys
Court and Other Adjudicative Hearings
Concepts of Justice and Procedural Fairness
Initiating the Court Process
Pretrial Processes
The Trial
Deciding
Appeals
Other Tribunals
Overview
Beginning with Yourself
Experiences, Attitudes, and Triggers
Roles
Commonalties, Conflicts, and Moving Beyond
Conclusion
First Contact
Contacted to Be a Witness or to Provide Information
A Client Complains
Selecting an Attorney
Confidentiality, Privilege, and Exceptions
Compelling a Clinician to Disclose
Conclusion
Preparation for Legal Proceedings
Gathering Information
Sensitive Information
The Decision to Call You as a Witness
Signed Statements
Preparing for a Hearing
Mental Preparation
Preparing Your Clients
Cases Involving Children
Oral Testimony at Trial
Direct Examination
Cross-Examination
Hearings without Attorneys
Technology and Providing Evidence
After the Cross
Clinical Records
The Organization of Records
The Contents of Records
Clients' Rights
Using Records at a Hearing
Thwarting Disclosure
Expert Witnesses
The Roles of Experts
Admitting Expert Evidence
Selecting Experts
Contract for Services
Direct Examination
Cross-Examination
Documentary Evidence
Types of Documentary Evidence
Elements of Reports
Proofing Your Report
The Use of Language
Claims against Clinicians
Court Actions
Disciplinary Hearings
Avoiding Malpractice Actions
Testifying
Costs of a Defense
Research Needs
Alternatives and Precursors to Adjudication
Discovery Processes
Pretrial Settlement Conferences
Administrative Tribunals
Legislative Hearings
Collaborative Processes
Problem-Solving Courts
Conclusion
Epilogue
Glossary
Appendices
Service Agreement for an Expert Witness for Review/Rebuttal Services
Fee Arrangement for an Expert Witness Who Is Called to Testify
Statement of Understanding to Participate in a Forensic Psychological Evaluation
Initial Letter to Attorneys after Evaluator Received an Appointment Order
Sample Affidavit
Motion to Quash Subpoena
For Further Reflection
Resources
Websites for Legal Research
Forensic Journals
Professional Associations with Interest in Forensic Practice
References
Index

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