SLPs may be asked to serve as an expert witness without prior experience, training, and/or guidance from our professional literature. This course offers guidance on terminology, procedures, cautions, cases, role plays, and recommendations for successful practice as an expert witness.
Course created on May 12, 2022
- After this course, participants will be able to describe how serving as an expert witness (as appropriate) is included in the SLP's scope of practice.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe differences between expert and fact witnesses, defendant and plaintiff, and other terms/roles critical to serving as an expert witness.
- After this course, participants will be able to list written and spoken communication behaviors needed for successful witnessing.
|5-20 Minutes||Terminology: fact vs expert witnesses, and examples of areas of expertise and litigation|
|20-30 Minutes||Expert witness process and procedures|
|30-45 Minutes||What to expect when testifying|
|45-55 Minutes||Cases and role plays|
|55-60 Minutes||Summary, Q&A|
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PhD CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow
Brenda Seal is Professor Emerita in Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University and retired Professor and Director of Speech-Language Pathology at Gallaudet University. Brenda has served as expert witness in due process, civil, and criminal litigation cases.
PhD CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, ASHA Fellow
Lissa Power-deFur is Interim Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Longwood University. She has previously worked in special education at the Virginia Department of Education. She has served as an expert witness in special education cases.
Brenda Seal - Financial: Brenda Seal was paid an honorarium for this presentation. She has served and received payment as an expert witness in special education cases. Brenda also co-authored and receives royalties for a book related to this topic. Nonfinancial: No relevant relationships to disclose.
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