"Testifying in Court: The Expert Expert Witness"
Presented by Dr. Stanley L. Brodsky
Lecture: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
(Q&A session to follow)
USM Thad Cochran Center
3rd Floor Ball Rooms
This event is sponsored by:
About the speaker(s):
Stanley L. Brodsky is a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Alabama, where he coordinates the psychology-law PhD concentration. His work specializes in the application of psychological knowledge to offenders, law, and legal issues. He is considered by many professionals and scholars to be the nation's leading expert on court testimony. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Psychology & Law Award by the American Psychology-Law Society.
- Attendees will be able to describe the major demands and expectations on the witness stand for expert and lay witnesses involving testimony of mental health issues related to criminal (e.g., mental state, competency) and civil (e.g., child custody) proceedings.
- Attendees will be able to list specific ways of preparing for credible testimony about mental health issues related to criminal (e.g., mental state, competency) and civil (e.g., child custody) proceedings.
- Attendees will be able to describe the nature of struggles between attorneys and witnesses for power and control in the courtroom.
- Attendees will be able to describe ways to respond effectively to the common forms of assertive cross-examination, such as demands for yes-or-no answers when neither answer is appropriately available or fitting.
- Attendees will be able to explain the nature of the four components of effective testimony (trustworthiness, knowledge, confidence, and likability) and how to apply them to mental health issues related to criminal (e.g., mental state, competency) and civil (e.g., child custody) proceedings.
The target audience will be social workers, psychologists, licensed professional counselors, and other mental health therapists or graduate students in those fields. Information will be presented at an intermediate level.
Psychology: 1 CE hour: This program has been approved by the University of Southern Mississippi, School of Psychology, Continuing Education Overview Committee, which is approved by the Mississippi Board of Psychology to provide CE credits for the purpose of re-licensure.
Mississippi Social Work: 1 CE Hour (Provider DP #SWB12013): Pine Grove is approved as a provider for continuing education by the MBOE & MFT (08/24/18 through 08/24/20). Social workers will receive 1 CE hours in participating in this course (Clinical /Supervision___ /Cultural Competency___/ Ethics /General 1 ).
Ethical Disclosures for Speaker(s):
- Dr. Brodsky’s speaking fee has been paid by Forrest General hospital and his travel expenses have been paid by The University of Southern Mississippi.
- There is no commercial support of the speaker(s), the content of the talk(s) or anything that might be a conflict of interest beyond the speakers being paid by Pine Grove.
- The speaker(s) is not promoting any books, medications or training that will be for sale at the talk that might constitute a conflict of interest.
- The speakers will cover any potential limitations and risks of the treatment or topics being discussed during the talk.
Those in attendance must stay for the entire duration of the workshop; partial credit for partial attendance will not be awarded.
Please contact Kim Jarrell at 601-288-4962 at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, 2255 Broadway Drive, Hattiesburg MS 39401 to submit a complaint, or if you have additional questions.
There is no charge for attendance to this workshop.