This self-paced online training program Effective Expert Testimony for Forensic Evaluation is presented by Dr. Randy Otto. It is devoted to expert testimony that mental health professionals provide in depositions, trials, and administrative hearings. As such, this program should be of interest to all mental health professionals who testify in legal proceedings regardless of their specialty area. The focus is on oral communication of one’s activities and opinions. Thus, preparation of interrogatories, affidavits and reports is not addressed. Reviewed are general principles of effective communication in legal proceedings, research examining effective communication in legal proceedings, research examining effective communication by expert witnesses, strategies and skills to employ during direct- and cross-examination. Considerable use is made of case examples-using excerpts from trial and deposition transcripts-as well as video recordings of mental health professionals testifying.
The fee for this training program is $250 and includes all materials and worksheets. Participants should expect to commit approximately 10 CE hours to completing this training program. In addition, case studies and other case-relevant materials are provided for training purposes. Throughout the training program there will be quizzes that must be passed at 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.
This training program is relevant for professionals who want to obtain or strengthen skills in expert testimony; including those involved in civil and criminal forensic mental health assessment, forensic settings, human resources and community settings, and those who work at the intersection of clinical psychology and law. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.