Effective Expert Testimony for Forensic Evaluation
Presented by Randy Otto, PhD, ABPP
This self-paced training program on Effective Expert Testimony for Forensic Evaluation is presented by Randy Otto, PhD, ABPP.
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, the 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.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
Describe the components/qualities of effective testimony
Describe differences between testifying at depositions and at trial
Describe various aspects of experience (and inexperience) to communicate to the audience their expertise and credibility
Describe the rules of evidence that impact their sworn testimony during direct examination and cross examination
Describe and employ pre-testimony preparation strategies that will reduce anxiety
Describe an approach for effectively communicating their work and opinions to the legal decision-maker during direct examination
Describe effective responses to commonly-used cross-examination ploys.
Randy Otto, PhD, ABPP
This is a badge-earning course, which means it will help you earn a certificate that can be showcased on digital platforms like LinkedIn.
Review Before Proceeding
Lesson 1 Video
Lesson 2 Video
Testifying in Court
Lesson 3 Video
Lesson 4 Video
Lesson 5 Video
Lesson 6 Video
Lesson 7 Video
Evidence-Based Recommendations for Expert-Witness Testimony
Lesson 8 Video
Custom training options for groups of 5 to 500+