With Court Testimony, Preparation is Key
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Expert witness or court testimony services are considered a completely separate service than a psychological evaluation or a course of psychological treatment sessions.
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU TESTIFIED AS AN EXPERT WITNESS?
Since opening my private practice in 2016, I have testified as an expert witness for 5 immigration cases at San Francisco Immigration Court. Most recently, and I have been asked to prepare for upcoming cases in both immigration court and criminal court for court dates set for 2019 and 2020.
wHAT TYPE OF cASES HAVE YOU TESTIFIED IN?
aRE YOU A DOCTOR?
I am not a medical doctor/psychiatrist (M.D.) or psychologist/doctor of psychology (Ph.D. or Psy.D.). I have a Masters of Arts (MA) in counseling psychology and am licensed by California's Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Lic. 90751.
"LMFTs are trained and authorized by law to do much more than provide marriage counseling. Their scope of practice is set forth in California Business & Professions Code§§ 4980.02 and 4980.36, with the later section expanding the scope of practice to include the coursework and training LMFTs receive in their graduate programs. Such coursework and training includes assessing, diagnosing, and treating mental disorders, working with victims of trauma, and treating those with substance-abuse disorders. LMFTs provide these services for recipients of services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and Medicaid, among others. The scope of practice for LMFTs, as set forth in B&P § 4980.36, includes education and training in all of the core tasks that comprise the conducting of psychological evaluations, including assessing, diagnosing, and treating mental disorders, and the writing of treatment plans."
- J. Epstein, JD (Executive Director) and D. Jensen, JD (staff attorney) of
the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Flat Rate $1,000