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Testifying in Court about Trauma: The Court Hearing

NCTSN Resource

Resource Description

Helps mental health professionals preparing for a court hearing. This fact sheet, a part of the Testifying in Court about Trauma series, includes a case example, defines legal terms, delineates the types of cases in which clinician testimony might be required, explains the roles of “expert” witness and “fact” witness, describes how to testify effectively, charts behaviors traumatized children may display and possible contributing facts from a trauma perspective, tells your rights as a witness, presents a checklist to use prior to the hearing day, and gives self-care tips for managing anxiety during the hearing.

Published in 2015