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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book successfully provides both a foundation and a model for the expert witness while also attempting to alleviate the stress and uncertainty of testifying.
Purpose: The purpose is to examine the psychology behind cross-examination, how one is to think on the stand, which words should be used and which need to be avoided, and the interplay between attorney and witness. The author presents the issue of testifying in the hopes that the reader's fear will be alleviated and ultimately be mastered. In a litigious society, this book is quite timely and meets not only the author's objectives, but quite possibly the field of psychology.
Audience: Basically, any professional who has served or will be serving as an expert witness will benefit from this well written book. Mainly, both clinical and forensic psychologists and psychiatrists will find this book invaluable. The author's credibility and knowledge of the field of forensic psychology and the legal system is without question. He brings years of real world clinical and academic experience to this book.
Features: The book seems to cover every possible aspect of testifying in court from addressing body language, speech, and metaphors in testimony, overconfidence, and lies. Quite timely, is the author's discussion of the various professional dilemmas and boundaries. Many clinician experts will appreciate the tips for dealing with adversarial attorneys while on the stand. Overall, this book benefits from the short, concise chapters and stands out as a solid reference for one to refer to in the future.
Assessment: Stanley Brodsky has made a substantial worthwhile contribution to the field of mental health with this well written compilation of advice and knowledge for the expert witness. Truly a stand-alone book that deserves to be read by all clinicians who have or will be testifying in court.