This self-paced course on evidence for forensic mental health professionals is presented by Dr. David DeMatteo. This course describes the admissibility standards provided by governing case law (e.g., Frye, Daubert, Kumho, Joiner) and the various rules of evidence (e.g., Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure).
This course 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 (e.g., statutory, court rules), the rule against hearsay, ethics and professionalism, expert immunity, and the role of discovery. Best-practice standards for data gathering and data presentation are also discussed.
The fee for this training program is $250 and includes all materials and worksheets. In addition, case studies and other case-relevant materials are provided for training purposes. Participants should expect to commit approximately 10 CE hours to complete this training program. Throughout the training program, there are quizzes that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.
This course is relevant for mental health professionals who conduct forensic evaluations or who intend to add forensic evaluation to their practice. This workshop is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this training program the participant 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 psychologists 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 how to engage in forensic practice in a manner that recognizes the diversity of the examinees and attorneys with whom psychologists work
About Dr. David DeMatteo
David DeMatteo, JD, PhD, ABPP (Forensic), is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Law at Drexel University, and Director of Drexel’s JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology. Dr. DeMatteo received a BA in psychology from Rutgers University, an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from MCP Hahnemann University, and a JD from Villanova Law School. His research interests include psychopathic personality, forensic mental health assessment, offender diversion, and drug-involved criminal offenders, and his research has been funded by several federal agencies, state agencies, and private foundations.
Dr. DeMatteo has co-authored several books and more than 90 articles and book chapters, and he has given over 200 presentations at national and international conferences. He is an Associate Editor for Law and Human Behavior, on the Editorial Boards of several journals, and a reviewer for more than 30 scientific journals. Dr. DeMatteo was Chair of APA’s Committee on Legal Issues. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania, where he conducts a wide range of forensic mental health assessments on juveniles and adults. Dr. DeMatteo is currently President of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Div. 41).
This course is designed for mental health professionals who want to learn about evidence provided by mental health professionals in the context of criminal and civil legal proceedings.
Participants will focus on expert reports and testimony in the context of criminal and civil legal proceedings
– Admissibility Standards
– Governing Case Law
– Rules of Evidence
Participants will learn about the provision of expert reports and testimony by Mental Health professionals in criminal and civil legal proceedings
– Expert Testimony
– Hearsay and Ethics
“Dr. DeMatteo is one of the top experts in the field. He is an engaging and funny presenter!”
“This course provided a very in-depth discussion and relevant case examples.”
“I enjoyed taking the course at my own pace! The audio files and handouts were helpful!”
Continuing Education Credit
This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quizzes and evaluation for this Home Study Distance Learning Course. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the course quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 10 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.
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