Monday, February 18, 2013
My experience as a witness: the outcome
Since readers want to know. . .
The judge on my patient's case denied the State's request to remove her children at this time.
Since issues regarding regression and bonding were brought up, in addition to individual therapy, I will also be working with my patient and her preschool age daughter.
Since court, my patient and I have had the most productive session we ever had. I now feel even more confident with my clinical impressions that she has potential to continue to be a good mother and potential for greater growth.
The in home therapist who was a key witness for the prosecution apparently did not hold up well on cross examination. I was told that every general critique of my patient came with no concrete examples. Apparently she is also mistaking the way my patient sometimes expresses herself, a function of her character issues, for being high. My patient is drug/alcohol tested randomly with great frequency. She has had not one positive test in years. Apparently the in home therapist vomited after her testimony and so far has not been back to my patient's home to work with her. My patient finds this highly entertaining and proof of karma.
My patient has never in her life experienced the support she did by the defense attorney and me. I saw a light in her eyes last week that I had never seen before.
I found out that the case manager on her case is a newbie. I am wondering if there will be a changing of the guard after the State was made to look a bit dumb.