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Clinicians in Court

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Jonathan W. Gould, Allan E. BarskyFlorida Atlantic University, USA

ISBN13: 9781572307889
ISBN: 1572307889
Published: July 2004
Publisher: Guilford Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £30.00

Mental health professionals are often called on to give evidence or expert testimony in a range of circumstances, including family law and child welfare trials, mental health hearings, malpractice lawsuits, criminal trials, government hearings and private arbitration. This volume provides practical information and guidelines to help clinicians from any background understand their role in legal proceedings.

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Introduction. Beginning with Yourself. First Contact. Preparation for Legal Proceedings. Oral Testimony at an Adjudication. Clinical Records. Expert Witnesses. Documentary Evidence. Claims against Clinicians. Alternatives to Adjudication. Conclusion. Epilogue. Glossary of Legal Terms. Appendices: A. Service Agreement for an Expert Witness for Review/Rebuttal Services. B. Fee Arrangement for an Expert Witness Who Is Called to Testify. C. Informed Consent to Participate in a Forensic Psychological Evaluation. D. Initial Letter to Attorneys after an Appointment Order. E. Sample Affidavit.