This course will assist mental health professionals with the preparation of assessment reports for representation in court. It will cover how the report should be prepared including how to present recommendations effectively. It will also review how to prepare for court and ways in which to focus on the role of expert witness. What should your CV cover? How to ensure you will be accepted as an expert and being clear on what your expertise is and is not. How to handle the examination in chief and cross-examination. Knowing your limits and what happens when you are pushed to go beyond them.
This course will offer practical information on being an expert witness in court. On the second day of the course, two experienced lawyers will talk about the expectations of both sides of the courtroom. They will be joined by a family court judge who will talk about what the bench is looking for in an expert.
This course will conclude with a mock trial format where an expert will present a parenting capacity report and will be examined and cross examined with the realistic environment of a judge overseeing the process. This will give participants an opportunity to see the process of effective interactions between the players in the court room.
This program will be of interest to all mental health professions as well as lawyers looking to better understand the role of the expert and how to address their materials.
Approved for 12 hours ACSW Category "A" credits.
Withdrawal Policy: If a registrant withdrawals from this workshop 5 or more business days prior to the start date of the workshop, the registrant will receive a full refund minus an administrative fee of $30.00. No refunds on withdrawals 4 business days or less. Substitution of an eligible candidate will be allowed up to one business day before the start date of the workshop.