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The IBCLC As Expert Witness: Role, Strategies, And Resources

In many countries, expert witnesses serve the role of educating triers of fact on issues that are typically outside the experience and knowledge of lay people or professionals who do not have the needed expertise. IBCLCs can serve as expert witnesses in legal proceedings related to situations that involve lactation (e.g., divorce, custody, and visitation; protecting lactation in the work place). Serving well in this role requires a clear understanding of the strengths and constraints inherent in the IBCLC's scope of practice, using strategies that can make an expert witness more effective, and knowing how to find relevant resources. This session provides IBCLCs with introductory information that will 1) help them make a more informed decision about becoming an expert witness and 2) allow them to perform more effectively and confidently in that role.

This lecture was originally offered as part of the GOLD Lactation Conference 2019.

$18.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 1.00   Access Time: 2 Weeks  
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Duration: 60 mins
Cynthia Good, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, CATSM
The IBCLC as Expert Witness: Role, Strategies, and Resources
U.S.A. Cynthia Good, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, CATSM

Cynthia Good, MS Clinical Psychology, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Clinical Counselor, author, consultant, and internationally recognized speaker. She is the Director of LifeCircle Consulting, LLC and is Certified in Acute Traumatic Stress Management. She is based in the Seattle, Washington, USA area, where she formerly served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University where she taught counseling skills and is a therapist at Sandbox Therapy Group where she works with children, adults, and families. Cynthia has a strong interest in the emerging field of lactational psychology. She brings the evidence and insights of psychology and lactation consulting to her presentations, providing information and teaching skills that are essential to understanding and effectively responding to the complex psychosocial realities of families living in diverse contexts. The focus of her presentations includes communication skills and counseling techniques for perinatal care providers; equity, diversity, and inclusion; infant feeding rhetoric; perinatal mental health; perinatal loss, grief, and trauma; ethics; serving as an expert witness in lactation-related court cases; cultural competence and humility; vitamin D; and more.

Objective 1: List 3 documents that clarify the strengths and constraints of the IBCLC when serving as an expert witness;

Objective 2: Describe 3 strategies that can make the IBCLC a more effective expert witness; and

Objective 3: Name 3 resources that can help the IBCLC educate triers of fact.

U.S.A. Cynthia Good, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, CATSM
Abstract:

In many countries, expert witnesses serve the role of educating triers of fact on issues that are typically outside the experience and knowledge of lay people or professionals who do not have the needed expertise. IBCLCs can serve as expert witnesses in legal proceedings related to situations that involve lactation (e.g., divorce, custody, and visitation; protecting lactation in the work place). Serving well in this role requires a clear understanding of the strengths and constraints inherent in the IBCLC’s scope of practice, using strategies that can make an expert witness more effective, and knowing how to find relevant resources. This session provides IBCLCs with introductory information that will 1) help them make a more informed decision about becoming an expert witness and 2) allow them to perform more effectively and confidently in that role.

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Accreditation

CERPs - Continuing Education Recognition Points
Applicable to IBCLC Lactation Consultants, Certified Lactation Consultants (CLCs), CBEs, CLE, Doulas & Birth Educators. GOLD Conferences has been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by the IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07. 1 E-CERP Approved.

Midwifery CEUs - MEAC Contact Hours
This program is accredited through the Midwifery Education & Accreditation Council (MEAC) for 1 Contact Hour or 0.1 CEU . Please note that 0.1 MEAC Midwifery CEU is equivalent to 1.0 NARM CEU.

Dietetic CPEUs - Dietetic Continuing Education Units
Applicable to Dieticians & Nutritionists. This program has been approved for 1 Dietetic CPEU by the Commission on Dietetic Registration - The credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Viewing Time: 2 Weeks

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IBCLC & Legal Issue / Situations, Legal Issues & Breastfeeding

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