Preparing and Presenting Expert Testimony in Child Abuse Litigation

Author: Paul Stern
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761900136
Release Date: 1997-01-16
Genre: Law

The testimony of expert witnesses to inform courtroom decisions is critical if intelligent and just verdicts are to be reached. Few judges, jurors or lay witnesses possess the necessary knowledge to adequately understand the complexities of human behaviour as they relate to acts of interpersonal violence. While lay witnesses can testify to actual incidents or observations, it is the expert witness who can provide forensic significance to such evidence. This volume clearly defines the need for and role of expert witnesses in litigation. The author demystifies the process, and provides practical guidance on preparing and presenting expert testimony. In so doing, he will assist courts to more accurately assess and weigh eviden

Preparing Children for Court

Author: Lynn M. Copen
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781452221953
Release Date: 2000-07-18
Genre: Psychology

Preparing Children for Court and its accompanying workbooks will aid social workers, court educators, victim/witness specialists, law enforcement, therapists, and attorneys help children enter the justice system, understand the necessary elements of court rules and structure, and feel confident enough to testify truthfully. Finding Your Way This brief-easy-to-understand book explains what happens when a child discloses abuse and how various systems may respond to this disclosure, from investigation through prosecution or juvenile court involvement to therapy. Getting Ready for Court: Criminal Court Edition A fun, friendly first step in helping prepare primary-aged children to testify in criminal cases involving abuse. Getting Ready for court: Civil court Edition This child-friendly book is a first step in helping prepare primary aged children to testify in civil cases involving abuse.

Working with Child Abuse and Neglect

Author: Vernon R. Wiehe
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781452248684
Release Date: 1996-06-24
Genre: Psychology

How do you intervene in abusive and neglectful families, or prevent maltreatment in families at risk? How can you find the answers you need in the overwhelming array of information now available? This volume helps readers focus by evaluating a wealth of references to current published literature and pinpointing the practical applications that put these findings into action. Condensing the explosion of information about child maltreatment into one provoking yet accessible primer, the author first offers an historical perspective on child maltreatment and an assessment of the scope of the problem. He then discusses theoretical perspectives for understanding the problem and specific treatment and prevention techniques. Informa

Homicide The Hidden Victims

Author: Deborah Spungen
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0803957777
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Family & Relationships

The author of this groundbreaking volume is not only a social scientist and victim advocate; she is also the mother of a murder victim. Deborah Spungen illustrates how and why family members become co-victims when a loved one is murdered, and she poignantly addresses the emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological effects of such traumatic events. These "invisible victims" often find their wounds compounded by confusion and a sense of aloneness in the aftermath of such a tragic event. The author draws on research, personal insight and case examples to illuminate critical issues that surround: family notification of a loved one's murder, effects of murder on family and friends of the victim, media influences, traumatic grief, circumstantial influences, the criminal justice system and reconstruction and healing. The book will be invaluable for mental health practitioners and victim advocates.

Psychological Assessment of Sexually Abused Children and Their Families

Author: William N Friedrich
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761903119
Release Date: 2002
Genre: Family & Relationships

Designed for professionals in the field of child maltreatment, this authoritative book presents a compelling theoretical framework that guide’s assessment of children and adolescents who have been sexually abused and their parents. The book is designed to make it easier for clinicians to select a number of measures or procedures across three dimensions that have considerable clinical relevance – attachment, dysregulations, and self-perception. Psychological Assessment of Sexually Abused Children and Their Families features in particular the assessment of sexually aggressive children and an extensive set of interview formats, checklists, and other forms that clinicians will find especially useful in evaluating children and their families. The book is also richly illustrated with case studies.

Assessing Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Preschool Children

Author: Sandra K. Hewitt
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761902058
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Family & Relationships

Written to help frontline practitioners assess and manage cases with children aged 18 months to six years who present allegations of child abuse, this book provides concrete and easily understood information about basic child development, interview procedures, and case management theory. Extensive experience is integrated with the research literature to provide: an overview of child development information as it applies to interviewing young children a protocol for assessment of preverbal children that is grounded in theory and research a format for assessment of children aged three to five a review of the strengths and weaknesses of some current interview formats a technique for structured interviewing

Techniques and Issues in Abuse Focused Therapy with Children Adolescents

Author: Sandra Wieland
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761904824
Release Date: 1998-09-22
Genre: Medical

How can therapists deal effectively with children or adolescents who have been sexually abused - but refuse to discuss their experiences? Working with such young people presents innumerable challenges for the therapist. In this book, Sandra Wieland describes `The Internalization Model', which provides a framework to help therapists understand the effects of sexual abuse on children's or adolescents' internal sense of self and world, even when the child does not talk about the abuse. Ways of addressing and shifting these abuse-related internalizations within the therapy are described, together with specific techniques such as imaging, genograms and time-lines. Other topics explored include: sexuality; dissociation; and resistance by the c

Child Maltreatment Risk Assessments

Author: Sue Righthand
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136391606
Release Date: 2013-03-07
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS

Conduct targeted and focused evaluations of child abuse and neglect! Child Maltreatment Risk Assessments: An Evaluation Guide is a professional practice manual designed to assist clinicians in conducting forensic risk assessment in child maltreatment cases. The authors—each with an extensive background in forensic child abuse evaluation—present up-to-date research findings and provide practical, fact-based information on key issues. The book is an essential reference source on procedural issues, treatment options, and risk management strategies necessary to make high-quality, ethical evaluations. Child maltreatment risk assessments are complex, specialized evaluations with the potential for permanent legal termination of all parent-child contact on one hand, and the possibility of injury and even death on the other. Because of the weighty nature of these issues, the legal standards imposed on individual states to justify intervention is great, and evaluators must be well versed in the most current material available. Child Maltreatment Risk Assessments provides up-to-date information on the effects of maltreatment, empirically based risk factors for child abuse and neglect, specialized assessment techniques and interventions,and professional practice issues. The book emphasizes the importance of individual and cultural differences. Child Maltreatment Risk Assessments also includes a step-by-step guide to conducting and writing quality evaluations, including: components of an evaluation report forensic versus clinical evaluations methods of assessment assessment domains and much more! Child Maltreatment Risk Assessments: An Evaluation Guide is an invaluable tool for clinicians, lawyers and judges, human service agency personnel, and others involved in child maltreatment cases as well as students who represent the next generation of clinicians working in child abuse prevention and treatment.

Groupwork with Children of Battered Women

Author: Einat Peled
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
ISBN: 0803955154
Release Date: 1994-12-19
Genre: Psychology

With the belief that intervention should be available to all members of families experiencing domestic violence, the authors of this book provide practitioners with the necessary knowledge base to operate successfully a group programme for children of battered women. The programme, aimed at children aged from four to 12 years, provides a framework for healing and education. Peled and Davis guide readers through an initial child assessment, with sample intake forms provided in an appendix. They then describe both group sessions for the children that take place over a 10-week period and concurrently run parenting skills groups. The authors go on to detail a family session which marks the conclusion of the programme.

A Child Interviewer s Guide

Author: Wendy Bourg
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
ISBN: 0761917624
Release Date: 1999-02-12
Genre: Psychology

This unique synopsis of the art and science of forensic interviewing of children covers: the interviewing process; deciding which children could benefit; gathering background information; preparing the room; using appropriate questions and tools; closing and documenting the interview; memory and suggestibility responding to non-disclosure and false allegations; working with special-needs children; managing abuse allegations in the context of custody disputes. Implications for current practice are drawn from the authors` deep understanding of the clinical realities of child interviewing.