I Object!: Avoiding and Surviving the Witness Stand - Ethics, Practice Tips, and Mock Trial Presentation

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About the Event

"Whether you are a child's therapist, a couple or marital counselor, seeing adults individually, or involved in some other social service role, divorce and other family transitions can have an impact on not only your clients but on your practice as well. Being aware of the challenges court-involved clients face allows professionals to be prepared to avoid court entanglements when possible, and excel on the witness stand when necessary.

With that in mind, come watch an actual trial lawyer and mental health professionals go at it with real-life case issues! Explore the differences in therapeutic and forensic roles, including how those differences play out in trial setting while learning courtroom perspectives on the testimony of therapists and other mental health professionals. Utilizing both lecture components and live demonstration, participants will learn how to prepare for (and hopefully avoid) the witness stand, while also seeing how to convey that they, as mental health professionals, have adhered to requirements in statute, licensing rules, and professionally accepted best practices."

Objectives:

  • Orient to expectations for play therapists and other mental health professionals on the stand.
  • Understand examples of play therapists and other mental health professionals failing to structure their interventions appropriately, and how that is exposed in both direct and cross-examination. Contrast this to how play therapists and other mental health professionals can meet client needs, maintain ethical practice, and provide helpful information in the courtroom.
  • Explore the differences between therapeutic and forensic roles, how those differences play out for play therapists and other mental health professionals in the context of trial settings, and how to demonstrate how a play therapists or other mental health professional has or has not adhered to requirements in statue, licensing rules, and professionally accepted best practices.
  • Learn judicial perspectives on testimony of play therapists and other mental health professionals.
  • Increase skills for interacting during direct and cross-examination, whether an attorney, play therapist or other mental health professional.

Event Details

Audience: All mental health professionals, secondarily attorneys and other social service providers

CEU's Provided: 3.0 Ethics Credit Hours

Event Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Individual: $45.00, Student $35.00, Group (2 or more): $40.00

Coming Up

2015-09-11 9:00 AM 2015-09-11 12:00 PM America/Chicago I Object!: Avoiding and Surviving the Witness Stand - Ethics, Practice Tips, and Mock Trial Presentation Speaker: Bradley Craig, LMSW-IPR, CFLE, Jenny Gomez, MS, LPC-S, RPT-S, Steve Jacobson, LCSW, & Aaron Robb, Ph.D. 106 E. 10th St., Dallas, TX 75203 Momentous Institute bj@johnsonandsekin.com

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