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Cross-Examining Psychiatrists and Psychologists: A Practical Guide


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Format: Book - softbound
Brand: American Bar Association
ISBN: 9781627228565
Service #: 42005587
Shelf Space: 1 in.
Publication frequency: Updated as changes in the law dictate
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Cross-Examining Psychiatrists and Psychologists: A Practical Guide



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Published by the American Bar Association (ABA), Cross-Examining Psychiatrists and Psychologists: A Practical Guide is a thorough examination of the substantive areas involved in cross-examining these professionals for both plaintiff and defense attorneys. Unedited, real trial transcripts demonstrate good and not-so-good approaches to cross-examination, with helpful notations pointing to substantive areas and techniques you need.

Psychiatrists' and psychologists' input holds a somewhat unique position in the medical-legal world. Though sometimes based on testing, their opinions are primarily based on the subjective activity of talking to their patients. This means the accuracy of the historical facts of a case becomes even more important. Relatedly, psychiatrists and psychologists are notoriously slippery witnesses and it is hard to fit their opinions into objective criteria. Included in this book are:

  • Examples of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) and psychological testing cross-examinations
  • Common psychological concepts and a glossary of terms
  • Sections on discovery, finding the right expert, preparing for cross, and attacking opinions
  • Mental status examinations, psychological testing, and standard psychological facts

This one-of-a-kind resource helps firms efficiently and effectively prepare to cross-examine psychiatrists or psychologists.