Deflecting and Navigating Court in Chaos (1.5 CE hours, Can be used for Law & Ethics) —
Nicol Stolar-Peterson, MSW, LCSW, BCD Interviewed by Benjamin Caldwell, PsyD, LMFT
Most clinicians’ worst nightmare is court. Being subpoenaed, dealing with attorneys, going to court,
not feeling confident in what to say and what to not say, and feeling overwhelmed. This workshop is
an opportunity to learn how to confidently and effectively serve the therapist’s role in a court setting.
Clinicians will learn how to minimize “invitations” to court and what to do if subpoenaed. We will talk
about consent, invoking privilege, court letters, dealing with attorneys, court appearances, testimony,
and more. Participants will learn how to prepare for court and “timeline” a case.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Exert greater control over court-related requests in clinical practice.
- Invoke privilege in at least two sets of circumstances where it is appropriate to do so.
- Differentiate records called for in a subpoena or court order from those that do not need to be
- Implement their own “court policies,” including ethical fee schedule for court-related requests.