Mastering Expert Testimony: A Courtroom Handbook for Mental Health Professionals

By William T. Tsushima; Robert M. Anderson Jr. | Go to book overview

Although this volume is written alluding to the forensic psychologist or psychiatrist, the strategies for the witness are readily applicable in most instances to all mental health professionals. Issues such as therapist bias, unconfirmed observations, and cultural and ethnic factors, are clearly relevant to all who provide mental health services. Furthermore, chapter 13 is devoted specifically to challenges that nondoctoral witnesses may face in testifying. Thus, this volume is recommended reading for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, marriage and family therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, school counselors, and vocational rehabilitation counselors as well as graduate students, interns, residents, and trainees in these mental health disciplines. Attorneys will also find value in reviewing the samples of mental health expert witness testimony throughout this book.

This book is intended for educational purposes only and is not a rendering of legal or other professional services. If legal advice or other expert assistance is desired, the reader should seek the assistance of a competent professional with knowledge of the law. Names and situations depicted in various scenarios throughout the book do not represent actual persons or legal cases.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Mental health professionals with interests in forensic work have been helped by several books that have preceded this one. The voluminous work by lawyer-psychologist Jay Ziskin is well-known, especially to attorneys who, thanks to Ziskin, are now even more formidable in the courtroom when challenging mental health witnesses. Books by Theodore Blau, Stanley Brod:D sky, Michael Maloney, Gary Melton and his associates, Richard Rogers and David Shapiro are valuable resources, and we are grateful to these authors for many of the ideas included in this book. We want to thank especially our friends and colleagues, Howard Luke, Jack Annon, and Kenneth Nakano, for their encouragement and critique of our material. Finally, our efforts to complete this book could not have occurred without the support of our wives, Jean Tsushima and Demetria Leong-Anderson, and we want to acknowledge our appreciation to them.

William T. Tsushima Robert M. Anderson, Jr.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments x
  • Chapter 1- The Art of Expert Witnessing 1
  • Chapter 2- Witness Qualification 11
  • Chapter 3- The Clinical Examination 25
  • Chapter 4- Psychological Testing 42
  • Chapter 5- Psychotherapy 59
  • Chapter 6- Criminal Law 76
  • Chapter 7- Child Custody Disputes 95
  • Chapter 8- Personal Injury 113
  • Chapter 9- Mental Competency And Dangerousness 132
  • Chapter 10- Faking and Malingering 149
  • Chapter 11- Neuropsychological Assessment 164
  • Chapter 12- The Nondoctoral Witness 176
  • Chapter 13- Deposition 191
  • Appendix Annotated Reference List Books 206
  • References 209
  • Author Index 213
  • Subject Index 215
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