Practical Approaches to Forensic Mental Health Testimony

Practical Approaches to Forensic Mental Health Testimony

by Thomas G. Gutheil, Frank M. Dattilio, Frank D. Dattilio
     
 

A practical hands-on guide to testifying in court on mental health issues, this text offers a vital tool for the novice as well as the most seasoned practitioner. Prepared by two of the field's leading scholars and practitioners, this original work cuts through dense forensic mental health theory and addresses the actual, concrete approaches to ethical and

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A practical hands-on guide to testifying in court on mental health issues, this text offers a vital tool for the novice as well as the most seasoned practitioner. Prepared by two of the field's leading scholars and practitioners, this original work cuts through dense forensic mental health theory and addresses the actual, concrete approaches to ethical and effective testimony that experts need in court. Rich in examples of courtroom dialogue, direct and cross examination, collaboration with attorneys, and the craft of effective testimony, this text shows how to avoid the common pitfalls and various traps that experts so frequently encounter. Strategies and techniques are clearly illustrated and arm readers with exactly what they need to be successful in their testimony.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780781772136
Publisher:
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

CORE ISSUES REGARDING THE FUNCTION OF THE EXPERT WITNESS

Presentation of Psychiatric/Psychological Expert Witness Testimony

The Question of Bias for Expert Witnesses

Cross Examination and Other Perils

LIMITS ON EXPERT FUNCTION

Limits on Testimony

Narcissistic Obstacles to Objective Testimony

The Problem of Late Withdrawal

Paraforensic Issues

RELATIONSHIPS WITH ATTORNEYS

The Attorney-Expert Relationship

The Problem of Attorney Coaching

Empirical Studies of the Attorney-Expert Relationship

SPECIAL PROBLEMS FOR EXPERTS

Special Problems for Experts

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