Ethical and Effective Expert Witness

Ethical and Effective Expert Witness


6 Hours | 6 CEs (CEUs)


Program Description

This self-paced training program on Ethical and Effective Expert Witness is presented by Dr. Joel Dvoskin.

This program addresses the provision of expert psychological testimony in the courtroom.  Topics include 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 training program is intended for mental health and allied professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this training program, participants should 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

About Dr. Joel Dvoskin

Dr. Joel Dvoskin is the former Acting Commissioner of Mental Health for the State of New York, and the former Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Behavioral Health for the State of Nevada. He served as President of 2 APA Divisions (Psychologists in Public Service and the American Psychology Law Society). He currently serves on the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine and had provided expert testimony and consultation services across the US and Canada. He testifies frequently in a variety of forensic contexts including individual and class actions, as well as criminal and civil matters.

Course Outline

  • Review the provision of expert psychological testimony in the courtroom related to the use of humor as an expert witness
  • Review the provision of expert psychological testimony in the courtroom related to the myth of the “objective” expert
  • Review the provision of expert psychological testimony in the courtroom related to ultimate issue testimony

Here’s what others are saying about this training:

Well-organized material. Dr. Dvoskin’s style of presentation was engaging and actually, very humorous. Excellent examples based on experience. His ability to communicate an effective personal/professional attitude to bring to the courtroom while at the same time sticking to the science/truthfulness.

Dr. Dvoskin is clear. He communicates in plain English and gives practical strategies for preparing for and coping with testimony.The emphasis on humility, transparency, and openness to one’s own blind spots were refreshing reminders.

It was a true privilege to hear a speaker who is such a revered expert on this subject matter. I truly enjoyed the real-life experiences offered as examples. The workshop covered many topics so thoroughly, and the information was clearly presented and very practical.

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 6 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. The CE Certificate will become available for download upon completion of the course evaluation.

Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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