The Mental Health Professional in Court

The Mental Health Professional in Court

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The Mental Health Professional in Court: A Survival Guide is designed to help mental health professionals become more knowledgeable about the settings, assumptions, personnel, issues, and techniques involved in going to court, with the aim of demystifying the legal process and reducing anxiety about this inherently stressful experience. A revised and expanded version of The Psychiatrist in Court: A Survival Guide, published more than 10 years ago, this volume was written with three goals in mind: to soothe, support, and educate through use of an informal and at times even lighthearted tone; to offer a consistent focus on practical rather than theoretical issues; and to present the necessary material succinctly and efficiently so that readers can assimilate it quickly and under pressure of an impending court appearance. The book puts the topic in context by presenting the basics of the legal process and roles, then follows the chronology of responding to a subpoena, determining the kind of witness the reader may be asked to be, working with an attorney, preparing for a courtroom appearance, and identifying specific strategies for testifying. Well-written, astute, and supportive, this is the book mental health professionals should rely on when facing this potentially unnerving challenge.A Survival Guide Thomas G. Gutheil, Eric York Drogin ... As with other a€œtough audi - encesa€a€”uninterested students, resistant patientsa€”the setting is adversarial, but its challenges are not insurmountable, and at least one attorney in the room is on your side. Some ofthe techniques and concepts that you have already learned for depositions will aid you in facing the stresses of trial ... First, some background material is in order. A Nervous Trot Through the Law Although one approachanbsp;...

Title:The Mental Health Professional in Court
Author: Thomas G. Gutheil, Eric York Drogin
Publisher:American Psychiatric Pub - 2013

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