AAFP: Evidence for Mental Health Professionals

Presented By David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP
David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP

4 Hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Evidence for Mental Health Professionals is presented by David DeMatteo, PhD, ABPP in partnership with the American Board of Forensic Psychology (AAFP).

This on-demand professional training program focuses on evidence – expert reports and testimony – provided by mental health professionals in the context of criminal and civil legal proceedings. This program provides a concise legal primer, describes the history and current roles of experts in the U.S. justice system, and examines the admissibility standards for expert evidence provided by governing case law (e.g., Frye, Daubert, Kumho, Joiner) and various rules of evidence (e.g., Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure). This program also covers other topics related to the provision of expert reports and testimony by mental health professionals in criminal and civil legal proceedings, including the various bases of expert testimony, the rule against hearsay, responding to subpoenas, ethics and professionalism, the role of discovery, testifying to a “reasonable degree of scientific certainty,” strategies for providing testimony (direct-exam and cross-exam), and expert immunity. Best-practice standards for data gathering and data presentation will also be discussed.

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 admissibility standards for expert evidence articulated by the Supreme Court of the United States

Describe the federal rules of evidence that govern the recognition of experts and admissibility of expert evidence

Describe the bases of expert testimony

Describe how expert evidence is affected by the rule against hearsay

Describe several ethical and professional issues associated with the provision of expert evidence by mental health professionals in legal proceedings

Describe how to collect data and present data in a manner that is consistent with best practices and likely to withstand admissibility challenges

Describe forensic practice in a manner that recognizes the diversity of the examinees and attorneys with whom mental health professionals work

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Presented By

David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP

Dr. David DeMatteo is a Professor of Psychology and Professor of Law at Drexel University, and Director of Drexel’s JD/PhD Program in Law & Psychology. His research interests include psychopathic personality, forensic mental health assessment, and offender diversion. His research has been funded...

Curriculum

1. Introduction

2. Legal Primer

3. Expert Witnesses

4. Admissibility Standards for Expert Testimony

5. Daubert Examined

6. Reasonable Degree of Certainty & Ultimate Issues

7. Bases of Expert Testimony

8. Subpoenas

9. Discovery

10. Cross-Examination & Expert Immunity

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Transforming mental health professionals into experts

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CE Credit

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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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