Empowering Skills for Therapists Called to Court

Empowering Skills for Therapists Called to Court

Presented by Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW on 06-29-2018 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

For mental health professionals, getting a subpoena or a call from an attorney can be anxiety provoking. However, therapists have “super powers” that can be used as strengths in court. These skills can help therapists while they are on the stand and to develop more confidence when interacting with the legal system. 

In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW will explain how to create a court policy that sets limitations and guidelines for all court-related requests a mental health professional might receive. Nicol will discuss “safe” ways for clinicians to respond to subpoenas and attorneys. She will also describe the dos and don’ts of court letters and clarify what should and should not be included.

In addition, Nicol will discuss the types of witnesses clinicians may serve as within their professional scope. Nicol will outline suggestions for avoiding pitfalls in a deposition or on the stand. She will also discuss the difference between direct examination and cross examination. 

Attendees will learn a set of skills that will help them feel less anxious and more empowered when dealing with subpoenas and court. This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Create a court policy to set limitations regarding court requests and subpoenas and set fees.
  2. Practice responding to subpoenas and interacting with attorneys safely.
  3. Recognize what to include and not to include in letter requests.
  4. Analyze what type of witness one can serve as and how to stay out of trouble on the stand.
  5. Describe the difference between direct examination and cross examination.
  6. Apply steps for overcoming anxiety as it relates to court.  

If you have questions about this web conference, please contact us here.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

Registration Information

Premium Membership with GoodTherapy includes access to this web conference at no cost. Not yet a Premium Member? Mental health professionals can attend this live web conference for $29.95 or access the homestudy recording for $14.95.

Highlights

Meet the Presenter

Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW

Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW

Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW, BCD has over 20 years experience working with children and families. She worked for Child Protective Services for over 11 years as a child abuse investigator, forensic interviewer, and adoptions social worker. Nicol was licensed in 2009 and began her work as a child custody evaluator shortly thereafter and became a Board-Certified Diplomat of Clinical Social Work in 2015. 

Nicol serves as an expert witness and her areas of expertise include child abuse, sexual abuse, child protective services, and child custody. Nicol coaches colleagues on court-related matters and consults with attorneys on a regular basis. She is also contracted as an expert to the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).
 
Nicol’s practice is located in Murrieta, CA. Nicol is also the founder and director of Kids Court & Counseling Center, a non-profit that helps children prepare for court testimony and appearances if they are victims of crimes, witnesses to crimes, in foster care, and/or going through a litigious custody battle where testimony occurs.

For more information about Nicol and her work, please visit www.therapistcourtprep.com, www.nicolstolar.com, and www.stolarcounselingandconsultation.com. You can follow her on Twitter @nicolstolar.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • ace
    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • ace
    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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