Psychiatric and Neuropsychological Evidence in Civil Litigation


Course Date: January 15, 2013

Total: 5h 16min

Introduction

Dr. Roy J. O'Shaughnessy — Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of BC, Vancouver
Catherine L. Woods, QC — Guild Yule LLP, Vancouver

Roles and Boundaries—Lawyers, Patients, and Mental Health Professionals

  • qualifications and standards
  • professionalism/boundaries and ethics
  • when and how to get expert assistance

Dr. Roy J. O'Shaughnessy — Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of BC, Vancouver

A Look at Mental Disorders Commonly Arising in Litigation

  • limitations in medico-legal settings
  • common mental disorders
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): what is old is now new again
  • issues of causation
  • co-morbidities
  • prior history and vulnerability

Dr. Roy J. O'Shaughnessy — Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of BC, Vancouver

Networking Break

Neuropsychology and Psychiatry and Assessing Children

  • pediatric neuropsychology benefits and limitations
  • psychiatric assessments and children
  • DSM-V

Dr. Michael Joschko — Neuropsychologist in Private Practice & Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, Victoria
Dr. Derryck H. Smith — Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of BC, Vancouver

Psychiatric Injury and Causation

  • scientific and medical views of causation
  • legal causation

Dr. Roy J. O'Shaughnessy — Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of BC, Vancouver
Catherine L. Woods, QC — Guild Yule LLP, Vancouver

Lunch With Featured Luncheon Speaker: "Psychiatric and Neuropsychological Evidence: A View from the Bench"

The Honourable Mr. Justice Peter M. Willcock — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver

Cross-Examination of Psychiatrists and Neuropsychologists

  • strategy and tactics
  • dealing with the biased expert

Joseph E. Murphy, QC — Murphy Battista, Vancouver 
Dr. Derryck H. Smith — Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of BC, Vancouver
Catherine L. Woods, QC — Guild Yule LLP, Vancouver

Retaining a Psychologist or Psychiatrist

  • ethical issues
  • engagement issues
  • what a good report should contain
  • the single expert approach—implications for psych issues

Dr. Michael Joschko — Neuropsychologist in Private Practice & Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, Victoria
Alison L. Murray, QC — Murray Jamieson, Vancouver
Joseph E. Murphy, QC — Murphy Battista, Vancouver
Dr. Derryck H. Smith — Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of BC, Vancouver
Catherine L. Woods, QC — Guild Yule LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Psychological and Psychiatric Evidence: Round Table Discussion

  • current issues
  • practice tips and pointers
  • miscellaneous evidentiary issues

Moderator: Catherine Woods, QC — Guild Yule LLP, Vancouver
Dr. Michael Joschko — Neuropsychologist in Private Practice & Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, Victoria
Alison L. Murray, QC — Murray Jamieson, Vancouver
Joseph E. Murphy, QC — Murphy Battista, Vancouver
Dr. Roy O’Shaughnessy — Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of BC, Vancouver
Dr. Derryck H. Smith — Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of BC, Vancouver

Concluding Remarks

Dr. Roy J. O'Shaughnessy — Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of BC, Vancouver
Catherine L. Woods, QC — Guild Yule LLP, Vancouver