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 multiple examples of courtroom dialogue, direct and cross examination, collaboration with attorneys, and the craft of effective testimony, this text describes the common pitfalls and various traps that experts so frequently encounter and tells you how to avoid them. Strategies and techniques are clearly illustrated and arm readers with exactly what they need to be successful in their testimony. This book is a must-read for anyone serious about excelling in court.
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