When a child discloses abuse, it is inevitable that important decisions are going to be made in some type of judicial forum. Mental health clinicians are often needed to participate in these judicial inquiries to present information necessary for juries or judges to make these decisions. For clinicians who provide treatment to children of alleged abuse, it would appear that presenting confidential information in the courtroom and being required to produce client files out of the courtroom goes against the grain of a clinician’s ethics and professionalism. In this two-day workshop, we will examine the important concept of the hybrid professional nature of CAC clinicians and the professional duties and obligations that must be considered. This training will address the entire courtroom process, starting with pre-litigation concerns through hands-on mock testimony exercises. By examining best practice maintenance of records, the legal concerns of mental health clinicians and their MDT partners, and the role of the clinician as witness, participants will gain the confidence needed to adequately prepare for court and deliver effective courtroom testimony.Prerequisites: Must be a mental health clinician on staff or contracted with a CAC, and providing therapy to CAC clients. Approval Process: Registrants will be notified of approval status after the registration deadline, approximately one month prior to training. Offering quality, professional training in a classroom environment is a key priority for our organization, and we feel that this format is the most conducive to effective learning. Our format allows for small groups, one-on-one coaching and ample Q&A. However, given the inherent size of classroom training, we have to carefully manage the registration process. Our goal is to ensure that participants have timely access to the training sessions they are in need of in order to do their important jobs effectively. In reviewing registrations, our process is to assess both the registrant CAC’s needs as well as the registrant’s completion of course prerequisites.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - Thursday, February 23, 2017
CACTX Conference Center1501 W. Anderson Lane, Bldg. AAustin, Texas 78757
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