Practice Development for Expert Witnesses
Beryl Vaughan, Consultant

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How do I become Board-Certified?

If you are are not Board-Certified in your forensic subspecialty, you should consider it. There is no scenario where Board-Certification hurt. Continuing education is a part of professional life.  This is one more layer of training that makes you more credible to a jury.

It may not be as hard as you think.  From the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law:

Per the ABPN the primary requirement is  “…successful completion of one year of ACGME-accredited fellowship training in forensic psychiatry……may be completed on a part-time basis as long as it is not less than half time; credit is not given for periods of training lasting less than one year except under special circumstances that must be approved by the ABPN Credentials Committee.”  There are other requirements and exclusions, and the certification examination.  The ABPN site is the best source for this information, not me.  Note: the ForensicExpertPro website contains information for those Board Certified in their primary specialty, (general) Psychiatry or Psychology.  I have limited experience with experts in satellite or adjunct fields.

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