This seminar will provide a basic framework of psychological and psychiatric forensics and the use of these vocations in the litigation process. Recently, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals determined that if a plaintiff wishes to prove the existence of a specific medical or psychological condition that falls within either the discipline of psychiatry or psychology, then this must be established through a properly qualified expert. Thereafter, the expert or experts can testify as to the specific medical or psychological condition and make a determination as to how this condition occurred.
Moreover, this has the potential to involve nearly every type of civil litigation that occurs. Whether it be a workers' compensation issue, a claim of sexual harassment or post-traumatic stress from any type of accident or occurrence; a claim made for a specific medical or psychological condition falling within the discipline of psychiatry or psychology requires a forensic expert's testimony. Therefore, this seminar would benefit lawyers, employers, insurance carriers, law enforcement, state and federal corrections facilities and medical providers.
- Utilization of psychiatric and psychological forensics
- Workers' compensation
- Post-traumatic stress
- Assessment of injury
- Legal and medical ethical considerations
- The attendee will be able to discuss assessing actual injury vs. malingering.
- The attendee will be able to identify effective use of experts in litigation.
- The attendee will be able to identify and resolve ethical issues regarding doctor/patient confidentiality.
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
I. Using Psychiatric And Psychological Forensic Experts In Litigation
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
II. Assessing Actual Injury vs. Malingering
A. Psychiatric Assessment
B. Psychological Assessment
10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
III. Neuropsychological Assessment Of Brain Injury: Validity And
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
IV. Psychological Harm And Workers' Compensation: Forensic
Psychiatry In Employment Law
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
V. Effective Use Of Psychiatric And Psychological Experts In Litigation
B. Independent Medical Evaluations
C. Effective Ways Of Communicating Forensic Psychiatry And Psychology To A Jury
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
VI. Ethics: Doctor/Patient Confidentiality vs. Attorney/Client Privilege
3:50 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VII. Panel Discussion With Question And Answer Session