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Mich- Pitfalls of expert testimony

Postby Marina » Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:21 pm

Pitfalls of expert testimony


"It is important to understand a fundamental difference between the legal and treatment forums at this point. In the legal forum (as in scientific or research psychology), the entire process begins with a presumption of innocence or a position of neutrality and leads to a finding of fact as a result of evidence presented (followed by an application of law). In the mental health treatment forum, there must be an assumption of facts not in evidence (diagnosis and treatment plan) before treatment can begin. Thus, after noting that the presenting problem is alleged abuse, the therapist states that the goal of treatment is to help the child understand and deal with the abuse which is presumed to have happened. "

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