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

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

by Allan E. Barsky
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Criminal Justice Review
"Provides useful information for a clinician on such important issues as confidentiality and the legal aspects of disclosure....I found this book very useful to my continuing practice."
Psychiatric Services
"An excellent guide for nonforensic clinicians....Reading Clinicians in Court is like attending a good workshop."
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
"Extremely user friendly....[Demystifies] what otherwise constitutes for many professionals a rather dreaded experience. Highly recommended."
From the Publisher

"This fully revised and well-polished second edition offers both seasoned clinicians and students an outstanding resource with which to prepare for any type of encounter with the legal system. Concise and well written, the book will be a welcome addition to any clinician's library. It is certainly at the top of my list for required classroom reading."--Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

"Barsky has provided an important resource for practice with the second edition of this important guide. Written in a highly readable and informative style, the book succeeds in stripping away some of the discomfort mental health clinicians have about participating in legal proceedings. It explains the purpose and function of the legal system and clarifies the roles and responsibilities of clinicians as witnesses and resources for legal decision makers. The use of case scenarios enables clinicians to apply legal principles to the real world of practice."--Robert G. Madden, LCSW, JD, Department of Social Work, Saint Joseph College

"Clinicians in Court, Second Edition, offers an updated resource for treatment providers who are called into the legal arena. The volume helps to clarify roles, responsibilities, and regulations and offers readers a foundation for developing policies and procedures of their own. The material is woven together using the example of a family engaged in the legal system, exploring the roles of the evaluators and treatment providers intertwined in the process. Practical and challenging, the scenarios encourage reflection and offer opportunities to prepare for unfamiliar legal territory."--Andrea Stolar, MD, Director of Forensic Psychiatry, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine

The New Social Worker
"The chapters are thoughtfully presented....The content is accessible to the lay reader....Barsky's work here is practical, organized, and well-focused on particular concerns of clinicians. The book should help prepare active professional clinicians and students for their interactions with the legal system. Students should want to maintain this book on their professional reference shelf."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462505265
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
03/19/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
333
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

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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