Clinicians in Court, Second Edition: A Guide to Subpoenas, Depositions, Testifying, and Everything Else You Need to Know

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Guilford Press, Mar 19, 2012 - Psychology - 333 pages
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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.

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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
APPENDIX A Service Agreement for an Expert Witness for ReviewRebuttal Services
APPENDIX B Fee Arrangement for an Expert Witness Who Is Called to Testify
APPENDIX C Statement of Understanding to Participate in a Forensic Psychological Evaluation1
APPENDIX D Initial Letter to Attorneys after Evaluator Received an Appointment Order
APPENDIX E Sample Affidavit
APPENDIX F Motion to Quash Subpoena
Appendix G For Further Reflection

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Chapter 11
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Allan E. Barsky, JD, MSW, PhD, is Professor of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University, where he teaches graduate courses on professional ethics, conflict resolution, social work practice skills, and substance abuse. Dr. Barsky has practiced social work and mediation in settings that include the criminal court in New York and the family courts in New York, Toronto, and Fort Lauderdale. Widely published, Dr. Barsky has served as chair of the National Ethics Committee of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and is a past president of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. He has been recognized by the NASW with the Excellence in Ethics Award, by Florida Atlantic University as Creative Scholar of the Year, and by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts with the Meyer Elkin Best Article in Family Law Award.

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