AAFP: Ethical and Effective Expert Testimony

Presented By Joel Dvoskin, PhD, ABPP
Joel Dvoskin, PhD, ABPP

6 hours | 6 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Ethical and Effective Expert Witness is presented by Joel Dvoskin, PhD, ABPP, in partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP).

This program addresses the provision of expert psychological testimony in the courtroom. Topics include the use of humor as an expert witness; how to deal with discourteous opposing counsel; how to give good answers to bad questions; the importance of humility; legal rules governing the admissibility of expert testimony; preparing for depositions; the myth of the “objective” expert; learning from opposing counsel; and ultimate issue testimony.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the pros and cons of recording interviews

Describe at least one difference between an expert witness and a maggot eating at a wound

Describe the importance of humility in serving as an expert witness

Describe the value of transparency and showing one’s work

Describe the most important meaning of Frye and Daubert

Describe how to respond to compound questions

Describe how to approach expert testimony with increased confidence and humility


Presented By

Joel Dvoskin, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Joel Dvoskin is a clinical and forensic psychologist licensed in Arizona and certified in Forensic Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
He is the former Acting Commissioner of Mental Health for the State of NY, where he oversaw the largest public psychiatric and men...


1. Admissibility, Decision-Making, and Tips for Testifying

2. Ethical Guidelines and Examples

3. Relevance, Transparency, Credibility

4. The Zen of Expert Testimony

Develop a Specialty Area of Practice

Transforming mental health professionals into experts

Expert Instructors

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CE Credit

Earn CE credit for meaningful professional training that will elevate your practice

Convenience & Flexibility

Learn at your own pace, from wherever you might be!

Program Partner

American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP)

We are proud to partner with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) for this training. AAFP is a non-profit organization of board-certified forensic psychologists whose mission is to contribute to the development and maintenance of forensic psychology as a specialized field of study, research, and practice. The Academy does this by providing high-quality continuing education workshops, providing a forum for the exchange of scientific information among its members, and conferring awards upon outstanding students and practitioners in the field of forensic psychology.

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