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From Federal Rules to Case Study Research Methods: Evidence in Forensic Practice

[No CEs] Evidence is a term that is used extensively in clinical and forensic practice, as well as in legal systems, academia and in research methods. Can most practitioners define evidence, understand how different it is from data or defend why they need access to certain sources of evidence (e.g., interview of the client/evaluee, observation through testing or job analysis, justify the cost of purchasing a private survey or outcome study article (archival record) when performing an evaluation?

This session will not only provide affirmative answers to each of these questions, but also provide the underlying research as to the application of the model to the Federal Rules of Evidence and professional models recognized by participants. Lastly, the presentation will end with an interactive session where different sources — some clearly fitting into one type, others not -- will be classified by the audience and discussed to assist them in experientially understanding.


  1. Differentiate what is and what is not evidence
  2. Articulate types and sub-types of evidence
  3. Apply case study research evidence to forensic rules and practice
  4. Produce resources for defending evidence in case analyses

Mary Barros-Bailey, PhD, CRC, CLCP, ABVE/D

Here's what attendees said...
"Wonderful presenter. Love her passion for the subject matter and ability to relate information to her audience."
"One of the most important presentations - contained valuable information that should be contained in all forensic reports."
"Topic well researched. Happy to see the evidence-based presentations this year."