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Deposition & Courtroom Testimony: How to Survive – and Thrive

Bill Asenjo, PhD, CRC

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Deposition & Courtroom Testimony: How to Survive – and Thrive is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that outlines skills helpful in serving as an expert witness.

This course is designed for healthcare professionals who may be involved in litigation in the capacity of expert witness. The material outlines skills necessary to be an expert witness, identifies tactics commonly employed by cross-examining attorneys, suggests methods for enhancing professional credibility and provides detailed strategies for dealing with the rigors of cross-examination. Also included are recommendations for effective courtroom presentation as well as summaries of several classic court cases dealing with the admissibility of expert testimony.

Closeout Course #20-37 | 2008 | 26 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the traits and qualifications needed by professionals in order to provide expert testimony
2. Name common traps and pitfalls to avoid when delivering an expert opinion
3. List common cross examination questions regarding an expert witness’ qualifications and credibility
4. Give examples of methods for countering questioning tactics used by opposing attorneys
5. List eight strategies for communicating effectively with jurors
6. Identify four court cases that have influenced the accessibility of expert testimony in court proceedings

Professional Development Resources
is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education (#3159). OT Content Focus - Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative, Regulatory, & Reimbursement Issues. This program is offered for 0.2 CEU's. The assignment of AOTA CEU's does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of OT Practice (#34).
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As part of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Approved Provider renewal process, AOTA is requesting that participants of this course complete a short online survey about your continuing education experience with our organization. Completing this survey will enter you into a quarterly drawing for a $100 voucher for AOTA publications or CE. To access the survey go to http://www.aota.org/appsurvey.

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This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Bill Asenjo, PhD, CRC, has been a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) and vocational rehabilitation consultant since 1994. He completed his PhD in the University of Iowa's Rehabilitation Counseling program, and received an MS in health science, specializing in rehabilitation counseling, from the University of Florida. He has provided expert testimony in more than 100 hearings, trials and depositions. As a consultant to attorneys in disability-related cases, his reports have garnered glowing testimonials. An internationally published and award-winning freelance writer with fifteen years of experience, his work appears in numerous print and online publications, ranging from medical encyclopedias and health magazines, to trade publications for attorneys and anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul. On the way to his PhD, he received a writing award for his dissertation.


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