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Conducting Child Custody Evaluations : From Basic to Complex Issues - Philip Michael Stahl

Conducting Child Custody Evaluations

From Basic to Complex Issues

Paperback Published: 12th August 2010
ISBN: 9781412974349
Number Of Pages: 368

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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.

Preface
Critical Professional and Ethical Issues
Introduction to the Role, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility
How the Courts Benefit From an Evaluation
How the Family Benefits From an Evaluation
When is the Evaluation Harmful
Who is the Client/Consumer
Practical Standards and Ethical Issues
Evaluator Biases
Reducing the Risk of Bias
The Mental Health Expert's Many Possible Roles
Therapists
Therapeutic Reunification
Collaborative Law Coach
Psychologist Evaluator/Psychiatrist/Vocational Evaluator
Mediator
Consultant to Attorney/Expert Witness
Parent Coordinator
The Custody Evaluator
Dual Relationships
Fundamental Questions in Most Custody Evaluations
The Best Interests of the Child
The Family's Relationships
Parenting Strengths and Weaknesses
The Co-Parental Relationship
Time-Sharing Recommendations
General divorce-Related Research and Basic Statutory and Case Law
A Quick Primer on Research
Risks of Divorce to Children
Risk vs. Resiliency
Mitigating Factors
Research on Parent's Relationships After Divorce
Basic Statutory and Case Law
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)
Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act
Troxel Vs. Granville (2000)
Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
California Statutes and Case Law
Children's Developmental Needs
A Developmental Framework
Conducting the Child Custody Evaluation
Conducting the Evaluation Part I: Observations and Techniques With Adults
The Court Order and Initial Contact With Attorneys
The Initial Phone Call and Contacts With Parents
The Initial Contact
The First Conjoint Appointment
The Initial Individual Appointment
The Second Interview and Beyond
What to Believe?
The Use of Psychological Tests
Conducting the Evaluation Part II: Observations and Techniques With Children
Significant Issues in the Assessment of Children/Gaining Rapport at the Beginning of the First Interview
Children and the Potential for Suggestibility
Children and Their Language
Gathering Information About the Child's Experiences
Directly Assessing the Parent-Child Bond
Siblings Together, or Not?
Use of Play and Other Techniques in Understanding Children
Home Visits
The Preference of the Child
The Use of Psychological Testing in Custody Evaluations
Review of the Literature
Traditional Psychological Tests
Tests Designed Specifically for Custody Evaluations
Parenting Inventories
Tests for Children
Benefits of Using Tests
Risks in Using Tests
Computerized Test Results
A Balanced Approach
Gathering of Collateral Data
What is Collateral Data?
Benefits of Using Collateral Data
Record Review
Gathering Lists of Collateral Sources
Who To Talk To - A Concentric Circle Approach
Interviewing Collateral Sources
Sharing the Results of the Evaluation - The Evaluation Report
AFCC Model Standards
Basic Characteristics of a Quality Report
Information Which Must be in Every Report
The Parents
The Children
Collateral Information
Analysis and Summary
Recommendations
Complex Issues to be Evaluated
Non-Violent High Conflict Families
Contribution From Personality Features
Contribution From Other Sources
Recommendations for High Conflict Families
A Case for Sole Legal custody of Decision Making
Domestic Violence
The Concept of Differentiation
Approaching the Family's Domestic Violence Issues
Parenting Problems of Domestic Violence Parents
Gathering Data
The Alphabet Soup of Using Data to Formulate Conclusions
Using the PPPP Analysis with the RRR Concepts to Reach a Decision About the Parenting Plan
Therapeutic and Structural Interventions
The Alienated Child
Contribution to the Child's Alienated Response
Parent Contributions to the Development of Alienation
Child Contributions to the Development of Alienation
Typical Alienated Behaviors in Children
Emotional Impact of Alienation on Children
Dynamics of the Larger System
Evaluation of Alienation
Other Reasons for Alignment With One Parent - What to Look for in the Children
Concluding the Evaluation
Relocation Evaluations
Legal Considerations in Relocation Evaluations - Relevant Case Law
Legal Considerations in Relocation Evaluations - Relevant Statutory Law
The Psychological Literature Related to Relocation
Societal Issue That Often Lead to Requests to Move
Factors for the Evaluator to Consider
Special Issues in International Cases
Avoiding Bias
Tackling the Terror of Testifying
The Deposition
The Process at Trial
Preparing for the Testimony
Testifying Procedures
Stick to the Data
Dealing With Hypothetical Questions
Remain Professional
Trick Questions
Do's and Don'ts for Testifying in Court
Critiquing Evaluations
Conclusions
Special Needs for Children
Substance Abuse Issues
Sexual Abuse Allegations
Longitudinal Evaluations
Conclusions
Appendices
Sample Court Order
Sample Informed Consent and Retainer Agreement
Sample Intake Form
Sample Listing of Questions for Parents
Sample Listing of Questions for Children
Sample Alienation Analysis and Recommendation
Sample Relocaiton Analysis and Recommendation
References
About the Author
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ISBN: 9781412974349
ISBN-10: 1412974348
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 12th August 2010
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.6 x 18.0  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.52