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Play Therapy Takes the Stand in Court

Previously Recorded

Presenter: Gregory F Jacob, JD - Attorney at Law & Sonia Hinds, APRN, PMH-BC, RPT-S

180 minutes

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify at least five critical facts a play therapist must know when testifying in court
  2. Describe at least two situations to avoid that could cause a therapist to be disqualified as an expert witness.
  3. Demonstrate how to explain play therapy in court as a treatment modality
  4. State the difference between Best Interest Attorney, Guardian Ad Litem and Privilege Attorney
  5. Describe steps to project image of self-confidence and professionalism in the court room

This webinar offers 3 APT CEs

Participants will be provided with critical information to be adequately prepared to testify in court as a child therapist. More specifically, participants will learn what situations to avoid while conducting play therapy in order to maximize credibility and minimize the chances of being disqualified as an expert or fact witness. How to respond to subpoenas, what to include in a Curriculum Vitae, how to prepare a summary of treatment, and tips on how to respond to direct and cross examination will be a vital part of the discussion. Additionally, how to prepare for and get through a deposition will be included. Furthermore, dilemmas encountered with child custody and sexual abuse cases will be discussed. Providing a clear explanation of how play therapy works to bring about healing will be emphasized.

Presenter: Gregory F Jacob, JD - Attorney at Law and Sonia Hinds, APRN, PMH-BC, RPT-S
Greg  Jacob regularly advocates for children who are victims of physical or sexual abuse, providing pro bono services through the national nonprofit organizations Child Justice and DV LEAP.  Over the course of 18 years of child advocacy he has tried cases in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Florida, Michigan, and Hawaii, and has argued and won numerous appeals.  He often uses psychologists and therapists in his cases, and has addressed issues related to their expert testimony in many appellate cases.  In 2006, he played a key role in re-writing Maryland law related to court-appointed attorneys for children.  He received the Friend of Children Award in 2005 and the Shine the Light on Children’s Rights Award in 2009, and has won groundbreaking appeals increasing protections for abused children in Maryland (Fox v. Wills, 2006) and Hawaii (Doe v. Doe, 2009).


Sonia Hinds is the Founder and Director for Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars. She is also Founder and Director of Barstow Acres Children Center, a non-profit mental health agency providing play therapy and services for adults. At BACC many interns are trained in play therapy.

 

Written cancellation must be received in our office at least ten business days prior to the training.  If we receive notification within 10 business days, you will receive a refund minus $15.00 processing fee.  If we do not receive notification within the 10 business days, you will not receive a refund or voucher.  Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars reserves the right to cancel a training due to inclement weather or not enough attendance.  In this event, CBPS will provide you with a full refund.  In the event of inclement weather please check your email for CBPS notifications/instructions and/or voicemail phone system. 

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify at least five critical facts a play therapist must know when testifying in court
  2. Describe at least two situations to avoid that could cause a therapist to be disqualified as an expert witness.
  3. Demonstrate how to explain play therapy in court as a treatment modality
  4. State the difference between Best Interest Attorney, Guardian Ad Litem and Privilege Attorney
  5. Describe steps to project image of self-confidence and professionalism in the court room

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  • Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars (CBPS) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5763. CBPS is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. CBPS is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CBPS maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/14/2018 to 05/14/2019. Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits. CBPS is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to sponsor Category I continuing education programs. CBPS is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school Psychologists, provider #106. CBPS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s Board of Social Work, Provider #0122; and the Board of Mental Health Practitioners, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Provider #MHC-0009 and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, provider #MFT-0008. CBPS has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5763.