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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
CE INFORMATION

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (#5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

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.

Disclosure:

Financial: No relevant financial relationships exist.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.


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