*Barton E. Bernstein, M.L.A., J.D., is in the private practice of law with Hochberg, Bernstein and Skor, P.CL, 700 Southland Center, Dallas, Texas 75201. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Texas at Arlington, Graduate School of Social Work.
Lawyer and Therapist as an Interdisciplinary Team: Trial Preparation
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 5, Issue 4, pages 93–100, October 1979
How to Cite
Bernstein, B. E. (1979), Lawyer and Therapist as an Interdisciplinary Team: Trial Preparation. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 5: 93–100. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1979.tb01286.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
When a therapist becomes a courtroom witness, he/she often is in unfamiliar territory. Before appearing as a witness, a therapist must prepare by completely understanding the case and client, together with courtroom practices and procedures. This article reviews trial preparation and illustrates examination and cross-examination, opinion testimony and hypothetical questions. The rules of effective response to cross-examination are set forth to aid the therapist in providing meaningful and credible testimony under adverse and occasionally unpleasant conditions.