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, 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 1/2" 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*Supplemental materials for course use-including an instructor's manual-are available at the author's website.
Prologue 1. Introduction2. Beginning with Yourself3. First Contact4. Preparation for Legal Proceedings5. Oral Testimony at Trial6. Clinical Records7. Expert Witnesses8. Documentary Evidencewith Diane Green9. Claims against Clinicians10. Alternatives and Precursors to Adjudication11. ConclusionEpilogueGlossaryAppendices:A. Service Agreement for an Expert Witness for Review/Rebuttal ServicesB. Fee Arrangement for an Expert Witness Who Is Called to TestifyC. Statement of Understanding to Participate in a Forensic Psychological EvaluationD. Initial Letter to Attorneys after Evaluator Received an Appointment OrderE. Sample AffidavitF. Motion to Quash SubpoenaG. For Further ReflectionResources:Websites for Legal ResearchForensic JournalsProfessional Associations with Interest in Forensic Practice