This chapter describes David Gussak's testimony during Kevin Ward's sentencing hearing in 2009. The sentencing hearing consisted of several distinct components: establishing expertise, explaining the assessment procedures, presenting the images with explanation, cross-examination, and redirect examination. The first part of the testimony aimed to confirm Gussak's level of proficiency, and to validate art-based assessments. This was followed by a clarification of the assessment procedures administered, and the presentation of specific art pieces that helped in arriving at an informed decision and a valid assessment. For this, Gussak chose 29 images, including some from Ward's visual journal, explaining that Ward's score in the Formal Elements Art Therapy Scale (FEATS) was consistent with schizoaffective disorder. He was then cross-examined by the chief deputy prosecutor, Bill Williams, who criticized his assessment for its inability to reflect Ward's history of substance abuse. Finally, the defense counsel conducted a redirect examination, which allowed Gussak to focus on Ward's diagnosis.
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