It is obvious that sometime during your lifetime you will become involved either in court, being deposed or as a witness for your patient.
NBFE has created a series of sessions, via the Webinar, for teaching Students, Interns and Mental Health Professionals how-to behave in court. We have created a series of six-lectures and live sessions to enhance the skills and knowledge while teaching how to write "bullet-Proofed reports and function successfully in the court-room.
NBFE has developed the tools necessary to be comfortable, while remaining professional as a FACT witness for your patients.
FACT WITNESS VERSUS EXPERT WITNESS
Before a clinician becomes involved in court, it is essential to identify what role the clinician will fulfill. When the clinician is qualified as an expert witness, the clinician may render opinion about the case, be subject to hearsay, exceptions, and address the ultimate issue. Generally, individuals performing forensic mental health evaluations will be considered expert witnesses. However, a therapist in a clinical case is generally considered a Fact witness who can only report on the facts of the therapy without rendering opinions, being subject to the hearsay exception, or addressing the ultimate issue. Only the judge or jury can decide the weight and creditiblity of the expert testimony.
It is clear that licensed professional counselors should understand their role in their clinical process. Although they can become involved in many different ways, licensed professional Counselor's (LPC's) must always function in the best interest of children.
LAY WITNESS: The LAY or non-expert witness is generally restricted to testify about facts (what he or she has directly experienced or observed). The LAY WITNESS is an ordinary person who testifies based upon their personal knowledge and life experiences. Only the expert witness can offer opinions or conclusion as to whether the individual was mentally ill at the time.
YOU WILL BE CALLED UPON TO BECOME INVOLVED IN THE COURT EXPERIENCE DURING THE LIFETIME OF YOUR CAREER.
Why not be professionally prepared!
Upon completions of the eleven hour course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completing Forensic Mental Health Training & Preparing for Court plus 11 Contact Hours or (.11 CEU's).
NBFE is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible
for all aspects of the program.” Provider #: 6189
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