Dual Agency: The Problems of Being Both Psychotherapist and Expert Witness by Barry Wall, M.D.

This presentation incorporates a case study of a psychotherapy patient in civil litigation, in which the therapist was asked to serve as expert witness. Dual agency requests can result in a therapist simultaneously serving two separate roles, in this case a treatment role and a forensic role. Each role has different purposes, procedures, and relationships with a patient. Yet the role of treater and forensic evaluator can also overlap. Treatment ethics and forensic ethics can also be distinct in significant ways. The case describes the advantages and disadvantages of serving as an expert witness for a patient. It also incorporates risk assessment and other aspects of a patient with litigation-related and non- litigation-related trauma.

Learning Objectives: After this intermediate/advanced presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Define dual agency.
2. Describe differences in treatment ethics and forensic ethics.
3. Identify mental health factors that increase or decrease risks for violence.

Dr. Wall is a clinical and forensic psychiatrist, in private practice of clinical and forensic psychiatry in Providence, Rhode Island. He is also Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Service at the Eleanor Slater Hospital within the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals in Cranston, Rhode Island. Dr. Wall is Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, Alpert Medical School. He has won numerous teaching and professional awards for his work in forensic and clinical practice.

1.5 Continuing Education Credits. Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted.

Lectures are $20 (non-refundable)
RIAPP members: FREE
Non-Member Practitioners/ Candidates/Fellows/Affiliates/Retirees: $20
Non-Member Students/Psychiatry Residents (*with ID): FREE

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Date(s) - February 6, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Central Congregational Church
296 Angell Street (Diman Street entrance)
Providence, Rhode Island

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