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The IBCLC as Expert Witness: Role, Strategies, and Resources

by Cynthia Good, MS, LMHCA, IBCLC, CATSM
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 E-CERP, 1 CNE, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Handout: No
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.

Learning Objectives:

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.

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Presentations: 29  |  Hours / CE Credits: 27.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks