Providing Effective Testimony for Mental Health Professionals
Mental Health Professionals are more and more often called to testify in family law, guardianship, juvenile dependency, criminal, and related matters as a clinician or forensic expert. Testimony may be requested at trial and is often taken in pre-trial proceedings such as depositions, competency hearings, motion hearings, and other proceedings. The mental health professional may be called upon to provide testimony in the form or a written affidavit or declaration. Increasingly mental health professionals are called to testify as rebuttal witnesses with regard to testimony and evidence provided by other mental health professionals. The testimony provided by mental health professionals is usual critical to the outcome of the case. Plus, there can be significant implications for mental health professionals with their licensing boards and governing bodies as well. This webinar will provide an outline and overview of the dos and don’ts for mental health professionals as they prepare to testify at trial and in other proceedings. Topics to be address include: patient-therapist privilege, limitations on subject matter and expertise, working with counsel in the role of testifying expert, and production of written work-product.
Member Registration: $15, Certificate of Attendance: $15
Non-Member Registration: $50, Certificate of Attendance: $20
Mike Kretzmer, JD, CFLS, AAML is a founding partner of Summers Levine & Kretzmer, LLP, one of the premier family law firms in Southern California. Mr. Kretzmer has tried hundreds of cases in family law, Juvenile Dependency, Probate (Guardianship), Adoption, and related courts over the last 30+ years. He is a Past President of the California Chapter of AFCC and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mr. Kretzmer is a past officer of the State Bar of California’s Family Law Executive Committee. He has been the chair of several AFCC California Annual Conferences (including the upcoming 2021 California AFCC Conference in Costa Mesa, California in February) and is a member of the AFCC / AAML Child Custody Program Committee. He is a frequent teacher and speaker across the United States and Canada on topics related to trial advocacy, presentation of psychological evidence at trial, domestic violence, child abuse, and complex custody matters.