Testifying in Court (6 CE’s)

Presented by Christina A. Pietz, Ph.D.

June 28th,  8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview regarding the impact of psychological testimony. Preparation with attorneys will be addressed as well as how to navigate direct and cross examination. There are no risks associated with the materials presented.
The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians etc).

Learning Objectives

  • The attendee will be able to define the Federal Rules of Evidence pertaining to expert testimony.
  • The attendee will be able to identify the Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists.
  • The attendee will be able to describe the presentation of psychological testing in the courtroom.
  • Attendees will be able to describe the importance of preparing for courtroom testimony.
  • Attendees will be able to list dos and don’ts for direct and cross examination in preparation of their courtroom testimony.

Presenter Information

Christina A. Pietz, Ph.D., received her Bachelor’s degree from Creighton University, a Master’s degree from Sam Houston State University, and a Doctoral degree from Texas A&M University. She served as a Forensic Psychologist at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, in which capacity she has worked for 24+ years. She has also worked in private practice for over 25 years. Dr. Pietz has testified and/or consulted in nearly all 50 states, has qualified as an expert witness in federal, state, military, and juvenile courts, and has conducted competency, insanity, death penalty, fitness for duty, disability, child custody, and parenting capacity evaluations.

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.