The Art and Science of Child Custody Evaluations

Author: Jonathan W. Gould
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 9781593854881
Release Date: 2007-07-10
Genre: Psychology

This book presents the latest data-based approaches to understanding and assessing relevant child, parent and family factors in child custody evaluation.

Conducting Scientifically Crafted Child Custody Evaluations

Author: Jonathan W. Gould
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761911014
Release Date: 1998-05-20
Genre: Family & Relationships

This comprehensive guide presents the literature on child custody evaluations in a coherent, logically integrated format that can be applied directly to practice. Jonathan Gould proposes new assessment models that are based on studies of the 10 percent of divorced couples who pursue resolution of custody disputes. The book comprises a conceptual framework - history, systems, standards and rules, and business/office management issues, the evaluation process - practical hands-on guidance, and suggestions for the evaluator preparing for the court.

Conducting Child Custody Evaluations

Author: Philip M. Stahl
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781452255255
Release Date: 1994-08-15
Genre: Family & Relationships

This important contribution to understanding the whole process of conducting child custody evaluation, based on the author's extensive experience, examines in detail the complex questions and issues involved. The many topics addressed include: interviewing parents and children; testifying in court; writing custody evaluations; assessing the capacity to parent; assessing the attachment of children to their parents; planning custody and parental access; children's adjustment to divorce; domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse; mental illness; parental alienation; and on-going evaluation.

Psychological Testing in Child Custody Evaluations

Author: James R. Flens
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0789029723
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Law

This book presents an advanced examination of psychological testing and usage in the child custody arena. It addresses test selection issues, provides insightful discussions of how to confront confirmatory biases and avoid the distortion of test findings, and takes an in-depth look at the MMPI-2 and Rorschach tests. Psychological Testing in Child Custody Evaluations concludes with a point-counterpoint discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the Ackerman-Schoendorf Scales for Parent Evaluation of Custody (ASPECT) between creator Marc J. Ackerman and Mary Connell, President of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology.

Evaluation for Child Custody

Author: Geri S. W. Fuhrmann
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198044062
Release Date: 2011-11-14
Genre: Psychology

Forensic mental health assessment (FMHA) has grown into a specialization informed by research and professional guidelines. This series presents up-to-date information on the most important and frequently conducted forms of FMHA. The 19 topical volumes address best approaches to practice for particular types of evaluation in the criminal, civil, and juvenile/family areas. Each volume contains a thorough discussion of the relevant legal and psychological concepts, followed by a step-by-step description of the assessment process from preparing for the evaluation to writing the report and testifying in court. Volumes include the following helpful features: - Boxes that zero in on important information for use in evaluations - Tips for best practice and cautions against common pitfalls - Highlighting of relevant case law and statutes - Separate list of assessment tools for easy reference - Helpful glossary of key terms for the particular topic In making recommendations for best practice, authors consider empirical support, legal relevance, and consistency with ethical and professional standards. These volumes offer invaluable guidance for anyone involved in conducting or using forensic evaluations. Child custody cases represent one of the most complex areas of forensic mental health assessment. The evaluations are highly specialized, requiring expertise in child development and psychopathology and a thorough understanding of the professional and ethical guidelines for child custody evaluations. This volume, written by two child custody examiners with years of experience and an exceptional depth of understanding of the area, synthesizes the highest quality of work in the field to articulate the best practices for these evaluations based upon professional guidelines, law, and research.

Parenting Plan Evaluations

Author: Nancy Olesen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199396580
Release Date: 2016-02-10
Genre: Children of divorced parents

More so than in any other form of forensic evaluation, mental health professionals who conduct parenting plan evaluations must have an understanding of the most current evidence in the areas of child development, optimal parenting plans across various populations, behavioral psychology, family violence, and legal issues to inform their opinions. In addition, family law judges and legal professionals require the best available evidence to support their decisions and positions. Parenting Plan Evaluations has become the go-to source for the most current empirical evidence in the field of child custody disputes. Fully updated in this Second Edition, the volume continues its focus on translating and implementing research associated with the most important topics within the family court. It presents an organized and in-depth analysis of the latest research and offers specific recommendations for applying these findings to the issues in child custody disputes. Written by international experts in the field, chapters cover the most important and complex issues that arise in family court, such as attachment and overnight timesharing with very young children, co-parenting children with chronic medical conditions and developmental disorders, domestic violence during separation and divorce, alienation, gay and lesbian co-parents, and relocation, among others. This volume assists forensic mental health professionals to proffer empirically based opinions, conclusions, and recommendations and assists family law judges and attorneys in evaluating the reliability of the information provided to the courts by mental health professionals in their reports and testimony. Not just for forensic evaluators, Parenting Plan Evaluations is a must-read for legal practitioners, family law judges and attorneys, and other professionals seeking to understand more about the science behind parenting plan evaluations.

Complex Issues in Child Custody Evaluations

Author: Philip M. Stahl
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781452262550
Release Date: 1999-05-21
Genre: Family & Relationships

Over the past five to 10 years, there has been a significant increase in the use of child custody evaluations by the courts. At the same time, the issues have become more complex and difficult. In this book, the author provides a theoretical and practical understanding of many of the issues. A key component is the integration of disparate research findings into a comprehensive resource that will enable the evaluator and the court to understand these complex issues. A second component is to provide a thorough understanding of the fact that divorce brings with it a set of complex needs, and evaluators and the courts must develop a paradigm for weighing these needs in a comprehensive manner.

Handbook of Child Custody

Author: Mark L. Goldstein
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319139425
Release Date: 2015-08-03
Genre: Psychology

This authoritative reference brings together leading experts for up-to-date theory, findings, and guidelines on the core aspects of child custody evaluations. Contributors offer steps for gathering more accurate family data through home observations, interviews, and collateral information. Chapters examine psychological assessment tools commonly used in evaluations, including measures relating to parenting competencies, mental illness, domestic violence, and substance abuse, and consider increasingly salient issues such as relocation and families in therapy. The section on case studies shows best practices applied in real-life custody situations, and a chapter authored by a family court judge offers rarely-seen perspective from the bench. Featured in the Handbook: · A survey of ethical and professional issues. · Observing and interviewing children, adolescents, and adults. · Psychological assessment and personality testing. · A detailed review of the Bricklin scales. · Specialized issues, including parental alienation, attachment, cults, and more. · Illustrative case studies and psychological reports. Mental health professionals who conduct child custody evaluations, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists clinical social workers, family and marriage counselors, and licensed clinical professional counselors, will appreciate the Handbook of Child Custody. Family law attorneys will also find the Handbook useful in assisting them in child custody litigation. Its thorough coverage will aid evaluators in making recommendations that are professional, ethical, and impartial, and family lawyers in understanding the evaluation process and preparing for expert testimony.

Family Evaluation in Custody Litigation

Author: G. Andrew H. Benjamin
Publisher: Law and Public Policy/Psycholo
ISBN: 1433828316
Release Date: 2017-12
Genre: Law

First edition has subtitle: "reducing risks of ethical infractions and malpractice"

Divorce

Author: Howard Drutman
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1500243167
Release Date: 2016-03-24
Genre:

Divorcing, divorced, or just separated? Worried about screwing up your children? Looking for information on how to protect your children from the negative emotional aftereffects of divorce? Then this is the book for you. Using satire as a tool, Divorce: The Art of Screwing Up Your Children will entertain you while educating you on the complex emotional world of children dealing with parents who are divorcing or divorced. Ultimately this book teaches parents the behaviors to avoid, minimizing the adverse effects of divorce on their children. Some of the topics covered in the book include: Parental Conflict, Telling Your Children You Are Divorcing, Blaming Your Spouse, Blaming the Children, Hiring an Attorney, Choosing a Type of Divorce, Parenting Time, Custody, Visitation, and Holidays, Final Decision-Making, Mental Illness, Child Custody Evaluations, Co-Parenting, Transitions, Rules and Discipline, Relocation, Parental Alienation, Abandonment, New Relationships, Step-Parenting, Family Conflict, Litigation, Child Development, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Children's Activities, and many other topics. This is a book you will read again and again just to make sure you are not subjecting your children to added stress and strain from any unintended, inappropriate post-divorce parental behavior. Family attorneys and mental health professionals will also find Divorce: The Art of Screwing Up Your Children a valuable resource for their professional education and a handy tool to give to clients and patients. Here is what experts in the field are saying about Divorce: The Art of Screwing Up Your Children: "Divorce: The Art of Screwing Up Your Children is a delightful tongue-in-cheek reprimand to parents who lose sight of their children's welfare while waging war with an ex. But it is more than that. In addition to learning how to screw up your kids, Dr. Drutman shows parents how to do things right. For parents who seem blind to the harm they inflict on their children, this book delivers a needed blast of awareness with enough humor to help the medicine go down." Dr. Richard A. Warshak, author of Divorce Poison: How To Protect Your Family From Bad-mouthing and Brainwashing.Clinical Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center "A must read for parents and attorneys who want to learn what to do, or not do to prevent emotional harm to children before, during, and after their parents' divorce." James E. Holmes, Esq., Family Law Attorney "Combining practical knowledge with humor and satire, Dr. Drutman has drawn on his many years working with divorcing families to produce an important resource that is approachable, readable and extremely valuable. A must read for anyone with children who is contemplating or involved in a divorce." Kevin J. Richards, Ph.D., ABPPBoard Certified Forensic Psychologist "Dr. Drutman has provided a comprehensive list of actions too often taken by divorcing parents that dramatically reduce the likelihood that their children will make healthy adjustments. In each section, Dr. Drutman concisely explains the ways in which the actions that have been described take their toll on the children." David A. Martindale, Ph.D. ABPP (Forensic)Diplomate, American Board of Professional PsychologyPractice limited to forensic psychological consultingCo-Author of The Art and Science of Child Custody Evaluations

A Comprehensive Guide to Child Custody Evaluations Mental Health and Legal Perspectives

Author: Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387718934
Release Date: 2007-12-18
Genre: Psychology

Whether assessing general family functioning or specific areas of conflict, professionals preparing child custody evaluations require sound knowledge of three interrelated fields: up-to-date legal issues, psychological findings, and forensic procedures. This book covers these three essential areas to walk readers through the evaluation process clearly and concisely. It further provides a unique combination of legal guidelines with social science research.

Conducting Child Custody Evaluations

Author: Philip M. Stahl
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781412974332
Release Date: 2010-08-12
Genre: Law

This book is a combination of two previously published books by Phil Stahl/Sage, Conducting Child Custody Evaluations and Complex Issues in Child Custody Evaluations. The book was written as a guide to help students and practitioners walk through the process of conducting a child custody evaluation, a critical skill for a variety of mental health practitioners. The book will cover the mental health expert's many possible roles as a therapist, mediator, evaluator, consultant to attorneys, expert witness, and more. It also address the best interest of the child, legal custody and time share, divorce and its impact on children, and children's developmental needs. The second part takes a step-by-step approach on how to conduct the evaluation, including how to work with children and parents, psychological testing, and writing up the report. The final part, complex issues, draws from the 1999 book, and covers issues such as domestic violence, non-violent high-conflict homes, relocation, special needs children, substance abuse, cultural issues and the alienated child. The author's writing style is friendly and easy to read, making complex material easy to comprehend and implement.

Psychological Science in the Courtroom

Author: Jennifer L. Skeem
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 9781606233917
Release Date: 2009-05-08
Genre: Psychology

This rigorous yet reader-friendly book reviews the state of the science on a broad range of psychological issues commonly encountered in the forensic context. The goal is to help professionals and students differentiate between supported and unsupported psychological techniques--and steer clear of those that may be misleading or legally inadmissible. Leading contributors focus on controversial issues surrounding recovered memories, projective techniques, lie detection, child witnesses, offender rehabilitation, psychopathy, violence risk assessment, and more. With a focus on real-world legal situations, the book offers guidelines for presenting scientific evidence accurately and effectively in courtroom testimony and written reports.

Psychological Evaluations for the Courts Fourth Edition

Author: Gary B. Melton
Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 9781462532667
Release Date: 2017-12-22
Genre: Law

Tens of thousands of readers have relied on this leading text and practitioner reference--now revised and updated--to understand the issues the legal system most commonly asks mental health professionals to address. Highly readable, the volume demystifies the forensic psychological assessment process and provides guidelines for participating effectively and ethically in legal proceedings. Presented are clinical and legal concepts and evidence-based assessment procedures pertaining to criminal and civil competencies, the insanity defense and related doctrines, sentencing, civil commitment, personal injury claims, antidiscrimination laws, child custody, juvenile justice, and other justice-related areas. Case examples, exercises, and a glossary facilitate learning; 19 sample reports illustrate how to conduct and write up thorough, legally admissible evaluations. New to This Edition *Extensively revised to reflect important legal, empirical, and clinical developments. *Increased attention to medical and neuroscientific research. *New protocols relevant to competence, risk assessment, child custody, and mental injury evaluations. *Updates on insanity, sentencing, civil commitment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Social Security, juvenile and family law, and the admissibility of expert testimony. *Treatment of immigration law (including a sample report) and international law. *New and revised sample reports.