The Portable Guide to Testifying in Court for Mental Health Professionals
An A-Z Guide to Being an Effective Witness
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Portable Guide to Testifying in Court for Mental Health Professionals by Barton E. Bernstein
Book DescriptionA one-stop guide to testifying in court for mental health professionals Even the most seasoned mental health professionals can find themselves unnerved by the prospect of appearing in court, especially when presented with it for the first time. Those in the mental health field usually have no formal preparation for testifying in court, even though they often play an important part in many types of cases. The Portable Guide to Testifying in Court for Mental Health Professionals provides a concise yet comprehensive guide for practitioners preparing to appear in court. The authors employ their combined decades of legal work in the mental health field to provide a clear, no-nonsense handbook of what to expect, how to prepare, and what to look out for when testifying in court. Along with a general introduction to courts and the legal system, the text details topics such as: Testifying both as an expert and involuntary witness Protecting clients when bringing therapy into testimony Preparing for testimony Tips to use and lawyers' tricks to look out for when testifying in court Throughout the book, Bernstein and Hartsell use detailed case studies to provide specific examples. In addition, "legal light bulbs" offer important tips and facts, and appendices list relevant Web resources and provide common legal forms. A one-of-a-kind resource, The Portable Guide to Testifying in Court for Mental Health Professionals gives a complete view of your role in courtroom proceedings, offering a vital tool for both legal and mental health practices.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780471465522
(237mm x 191mm x 15mm)
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Barton E. Bernstein
Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals, Paperback (June 2013)
Thoroughly revised, this indispensable survival guide is written for anyone in practice by two attorneys specializing in the legal aspects of mental health care. The authors explain how to handle allegations of malpractice, coping with threats of violence, preserving client confidentiality, and more.
Portable Ethicist for Mental Health Professionals, Paperback (June 2008)» View all books by Barton E. Bernstein
Everything professionals need to know to protect their practice against ethical violations and complaints. Written by two attorneys specializing in legal and ethical issues in mental health, this indispensable guide arms clinicians with the expert knowledge needed to avoid an ethical violation, or to handle the situation if a complaint is filed.
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Author Biography - Barton E. Bernstein
BARTON E. BERNSTEIN, JD, LMSW, is an attorney in private practice. He is also an adjunct professor at The University of Texas at Arlington and a licensed master social worker. THOMAS L. HARTSELL Jr., JD, is an attorney and mediator in private practice and an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University and North Lake College. Together, the authors have coauthored The Portable Lawyer for Mental Health Professionals, now in its second edition, and The Portable Ethicist for Mental Health Professionals (both from Wiley). They conduct workshops and seminars across the United States.
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