Do you know the possible effect in Court of expert testimony based on poorly validated procedures? People may be sentenced to death. In similar ways, mental health professionals may be found negligent for failure to see that someone fits the psychological profile of intended victims, despite the fact that there is no science behind psychological profiling. The use and similar misuses of expert testimony will be highlighted in the webinar, along with practical suggestions for avoiding these pitfalls and making sure one’s testimony is based on well-validated theories.
"I would like to say that your presentation went way beyond my expectations and, for that matter, beyond my experience in many other courses I’ve taken in the past. The course often gets taught by psychologists and/or lawyers who represent Risk Mgmt with messages of fear that have more to do with helping clinicians avoid problems rather than being a more effective clinician. Instead of giving good guidance for dealing with sticky issues with cloudy guidelines while trying to do good psychotherapy, it’s a ‘watch your back’ approach. I found your presentation from a clinicians point of view far superior, helping me even now to better understand issues that I’ve faced. Indeed, you made me feel more optimistic and safer about practicing psychotherapy in a litigious age. I liked your clarity and your level headed, straight talk advice. I can’t remember a law and ethics course I’ve taken in which I received clinical examples and useful insight for handling situations like ones I’ve had to deal with."-Jane S., Psychologist, California
This webinar will satisfy your ethics requirement.
David Shapiro, Ph.D. has been called the father of clinical forensic psychology. He is an expert on the interface between psychology and the law. This webinar will help all clinicians with managing risk in their practice.