Assisting Attorneys Behind the Scenes: Trial Consultation Basics
This webinar will focus on practical tips and ethical guidelines for the sometimes-controversial practice of mental health professionals working with attorneys in a non-testimonial capacity. The presentation will address role definition and boundaries, a menu of services mental health professionals can offer to legal teams (including peer review and cross-development assistance) along with attention to controversial services and ethical potholes.
Jeffrey P. Wittmann, PhD is a licensed psychologist and trial consultant whose practice concentrates on trial support for attorneys in custody and access matters and on forensic peer reviews. He serves as a consultant for major law firms nationally and has provided behind-the-scenes trial assistance in multiple high-profile matters over the years. He previously held an appointment as Adjunct Clinical Professor at SUNY Albany where he taught forensic psychology at the doctoral level. Dr. Wittmann is a recognized expert on the intersection of law and psychology, and is regularly on faculties for seminars offered to attorneys, judges, and mental health professionals. He has served on multiple professional editorial boards and is the author of “Custody Chaos, Personal Peace” (Perigee, 2001). Together with Timothy Tippins, Esq., he is the author of Empirical and Ethical Problems with Custody Recommendations: A Call for Clinical Humility and Judicial Vigilance, an award-winning article published in the Family Court Review in 2005 that generated widespread scholarly debate. His most recent book is entitled: "Evaluating Evaluations: An attorney's Handbook for Analyzing Child Custody Reports" (MatLaw, 2013).
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