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By Bruce Stevens

This ebook is written that can assist you strengthen realizing and abilities that you can think convinced in providing professional proof. The structure of the ebook isn't just to offer you info, as a substitute it's also established to mirror the way in which psychologists can strengthen specialist competence via supervision. You, the reader, will eavesdrop on supervision classes with Jason and Mary. The booklet contains practical  Read more...

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Mary referred to her report; again, that was the basis of her oral evidence, and it is good technique to remind the court of what you have already said. Mary responded that she thought her training as a psychologist helped in giving evidence. She was trained to look carefully at the clinical data and to think critically. It is like what we consider in test validity, that is, how we determine whether a test actually measures a personality trait or a mental condition. Mary looked for what converges from various sources towards a logical conclusion.

I suppose the old adage is true: you get what you pay for! When a Psychologist Makes a Careless Mistake Mary was embarrassed in a case when one of the barristers picked up that she had made a careless mistake in adding up a scale on the PAI (Personality Assessment Inventory). Mary admitted her mistake; it didn’t make any difference to the diagnosis, but she felt incompetent. It is inevitable that something will happen and you will end up feeling embarrassed. No one expects perfection in the typing of a report or even the scoring of a test.

In thinking about the barristers she had faced, Mary said she had seen some a few times, a couple had come from Sydney and Melbourne, but generally she had been reasonably comfortable being cross-examined. x 27/6/08 12:00 PM Page 46 CROSSFIRE Challenges in Dealing With Different Barristers That is what I would expect. I will now state what will become even more obvious as you gain further experience — the quality of the bar varies enormously. I would hate to think that the competence of surgeons might vary as much!

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