Report Writing for Forensic Evaluation

Friday, June 11, 2021 -
8:30am to 12:30pm
June 11th & 18th, 2021
8:30 am - 12:30 pm PST
8 Hours | 8 CEs
$300 Registration | $250 Early Registration (through May 28th) 
This live workshop on Report Writing for Forensic Evaluations is presented by Randy Otto, PhD, ABPP. 
Conducting well-constructed forensic psychological evaluations is not enough to persuade judges, attorneys, and other referral sources about the adequacy of one’s work and opinions. Reports and affidavits are the primary vehicles by which psychologists communicate to judges, attorneys, and others what data they considered, what actions they took, and the opinions they formed and the underlying reasoning. 
Thus, writing clear and concise reports is a critical component of most forensic psychologists’ practice. Research on forensic examiners’ report-writing practices is reviewed; how forensic practice guidelines, the ethics code, and rules of evidence and procedure shape reports is considered; principles for the organization and structure of forensic reports are proposed; and elements of good and bad reports are highlighted using multiple real-world examples from redacted reports.
More focused matters such as the use of jargon; specificity in word choice; identifying sources of information; distinguishing between observation and inference; and common report writing errors are considered, as well. Finally, preparation of affidavits, and how their structure and substance differs from reports, is tackled.
Location: Online
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