Afraid of testifying in court?
Want to brush up on your skills as a fact or expert witness?
Get the inside scoop from an experienced judge on what judges want and need from a good witness!
This 2-hour webinar was designed to provide mental health professionals, whether therapists or forensic evaluators, an overview of basic skills every witness should know from a judge's perspective. The overall purpose of this webinar is to help you to:
- Be able to prepare for and present a case before the court, demonstrating confidence, competence and ease as a witness under both direct and cross examination
- Be able to demonstrate best practices in both case preparation and testimony
1. Describe court room etiquette required and the courtroom procedures.
2. Describe the types of evidence to bear the burden of proof and how the types of evidence should be presented.
3. How to best prepare case information.
4. Describe and demonstrate the necessary skills required for preparing a case for presentation in court.
This event is free for all NBFE members (Certified Forensic Mental Health Evaluators and applicants and candidates pursuing the CFMHE credential) as well as all members of organizations that partner with NBFE (see Professional Partners page for a complete list). If, however, an attendee wants a continuing education certificate via email, then an administrative fee of $30 (members of NBFE and partnering organizations) or $40 (non-members) will be assessed.
About the Presenter
Ashley Willcott, JD, CWLS
is a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist and an experienced trial attorney who currently serves as a Judge Pro Tem in Juvenile Court. She has practiced in various capacities in juvenile courts since 1992 including as a parents attorney; guardian ad litem; a Special Assistant Attorney General representing the Division of Human Resources, Division of Family and Children Services; and currently as a Juvenile Court Judge Pro Tem. She is a 1989 graduate of Newcomb College, Tulane University with a degree in Psychology and English, earning a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law in 1992. She has also worked in the government sector as the on-going and current Georgia Supreme Court Justice on Committee for Children Cold Case Project lead; and as a Governor Appointee Child Advocate for the State of Georgia. Ashley has her own child welfare consulting firm, where she trains case managers, experts, and lawyers nationwide, including for the National Institute of Trial Lawyers, Georgia State University, and Families First.
Continuing Education Information
The National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6189. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NBFE is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
This webinar has been approved for 2.0 general contact hour(s) with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, & Mental Health Counseling, and the Florida Board of Psychology, CE Broker Tracking # 20-768924 (CE Broker Provider #50-15823).
NBFE is recognized and endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association.
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