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Forensic Psychology Consultation in Child Custody Litigation

Forensic Psychology Consultation in Child Custody Litigation Author Philip Michael Stahl
ISBN-10 1614389918
Release 2013
Pages 235
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This is the first comprehensive examination of the increasingly important role of forensic psychologists in consulting and expert witness testimony in child custody litigation. Offering practical advice on understanding the psychological dynamics often found in these cases, the authors use real-world examples where critical issues such as the developmental need of children, relocation, domestic violence, and the alienated child are involved. They detail a logical process for critiquing the evaluation reports of others and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of a case.



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

A Comprehensive Guide to Child Custody Evaluations  Mental Health and Legal Perspectives Author Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh
ISBN-10 9780387718941
Release 2007-11-26
Pages 702
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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.



Parenting After Divorce

Parenting After Divorce Author Philip Michael Stahl
ISBN-10 1886230846
Release 2007
Pages 194
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Presenting a perspective on divorce and how it affects children, this guide includes chapters on how conflicts affect your child, it's time for a truce, parenting plans, dealing with special problems, and what your child really thinks.



Overcoming Parent Child Contact Problems

Overcoming Parent Child Contact Problems Author Abigail M. Judge
ISBN-10 9780190861988
Release 2016-10-05
Pages 376
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In recent years there has been heightened interest in the clinical and legal management of families in which children resist contact with one parent and become aligned with the other following divorce. Families affected by these dynamics require disproportionate resources and time from mental health and legal professionals, and cases require a specialized clinical approach. Traditional models of individual and family therapy are not designed to address these issues, and strategies and resources for mental health and legal professionals have been extremely limited. Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems describes interventions for families experiencing a high conflict divorce impasse where a child is resisting contact with a parent. It examines in detail one such intervention, the Overcoming Barriers approach, involving the entire family and combining psycho-education and clinical intervention. The book is divided into two parts: Part I presents an overview of parental alienation, including clinical approaches and a critical analysis of the many challenges associated with traditional outpatient family-based interventions. Part II presents the Overcoming Barriers approach, describing core aspects of the intervention and ways to adapt its clinical techniques to outpatient practice. Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems is geared toward mental health clinicians and legal professionals who work with families in high conflict and where a child resists visitation with a parent.



Parenting Plan Evaluations

Parenting Plan Evaluations Author Nancy Olesen
ISBN-10 9780199396580
Release 2016-02-10
Pages 608
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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.



Psychological Testing in Child Custody Evaluations

Psychological Testing in Child Custody Evaluations Author James R. Flens
ISBN-10 0789029723
Release 2005
Pages 227
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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.



Conducting Child Custody Evaluations

Conducting Child Custody Evaluations Author Philip M. Stahl
ISBN-10 0803948212
Release 1994-08-15
Pages 261
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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.



Complex Issues in Child Custody Evaluations

Complex Issues in Child Custody Evaluations Author Philip M. Stahl
ISBN-10 0761919090
Release 1999-05-21
Pages 232
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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

Handbook of Child Custody Author Mark L. Goldstein
ISBN-10 9783319139425
Release 2015-08-03
Pages 353
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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.



How to Examine Mental Health Experts

How to Examine Mental Health Experts Author John A. Zervopoulos
ISBN-10 1614388377
Release 2013
Pages 238
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Understand and address the array of mental health expert issues in family law cases. Each issue in the book is examined through both the legal and psychological perspectives, providing the tools necessary to develop clear direct examinations, sharpen cross examinations, and compose effective, compelling arguments to the court. Topics range from when experts rely on experts, managing experienced-based testimony, or the purpose of evaluation reports, among many more. These lessons are also useful to attorneys who litigate cases outside of family law.



Confronting Mental Health Evidence

Confronting Mental Health Evidence Author John A. Zervopoulos
ISBN-10 1590317041
Release 2008
Pages 206
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How do you know what you say you know? That's the key question family law professionals must ask when evaluating the reports and testimony of mental health professionals, their methods, and the materials that support their conclusions and expert opinions. This book offers a case-based model to empower lawyers in managing difficult psychology-related issues in their cases and hold mental health experts accountable in court.



Forensic Mental Health Consulting in Family Law

Forensic Mental Health Consulting in Family Law Author Robert L. Kaufman
ISBN-10 9781317977476
Release 2014-06-11
Pages 154
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Forensic Mental Health Professionals have entered the fray of child custody litigation in ways that could not have been predicted even a decade ago. Traditionally engaged as neutral court appointed evaluators or mediators, or as treatment providers for children, parents or families, FMHPs are assuming a range of consulting functions. Services span a wide range, including providing expert testimony on specific content areas; reviewing and critiquing colleague’s work product; providing behind the scenes consultation to attorneys, and even help attorneys manage difficult cases and clients. These more recent services raise questions about sound professional practice. This volume tackles these thorny issues head on, and discusses questions how consultants can work creatively and ethically to make a positive contribution in the challenging world of family law. This book was originally published as a special issue of Journal of Child Custody.



Family Law Trial Evidence Handbook

Family Law Trial Evidence Handbook Author Steven N. Peskind
ISBN-10 1627220038
Release 2013
Pages 383
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Being a trial lawyer requires a working knowledge of the rules of evidence. Based upon the author's years of family law practice, this practical handbook is useful for all family law trial lawyers, regardless of whether they practice in a state that uses a variation on the Federal Rules or a common law body of rules on evidence. Topics range from hearsay, authentication of writings, and examination of witnesses to tendering exhibits, procedures for streamlining admission of evidence, and requests to admit facts and genuineness of documents.



Testifying in Court

Testifying in Court Author Stanley L. Brodsky
ISBN-10 1433812126
Release 2012-09-01
Pages 251
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In this extensively updated edition of his classic text, the author has combined a wealth of new research with feedback from users of the first edition and his own evolving experience as an expert witness.



The Psychiatric Report

The Psychiatric Report Author Alec Buchanan
ISBN-10 9781139495868
Release 2011-07-07
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The written report is central to the practice of psychiatry in legal settings. It is required of mental health professionals acting as expert witnesses in criminal cases, civil litigation situations, child custody proceedings and risk assessments. This book provides a theoretical background to psychiatric writing for the law and a practical guide to the preparation of the report. The first section addresses practical and ethical concerns, including the conduct of the forensic psychiatric evaluation, conflicts of interest, record keeping and confidentiality. The second section contains practical and detailed advice on preparing various types of report, including reports for use in criminal and civil litigation, civil commitment hearings and child custody proceedings. A final section covers special issues arising during report preparation including the use of psychological tests and the detection of malingering. This is an essential guide for anyone required to write a psychiatric report.



The Psychologist as Expert Witness

The Psychologist as Expert Witness Author Theodore H. Blau
ISBN-10 0471113662
Release 2001-11-02
Pages 608
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The leading resource on forensic practice The Psychologist as Expert Witness, Second Edition introduces practitioners to the law and the role of psychologists in the courtroom, covering all facets of forensic practice-one of the most rapidly growing areas of professional specialization. This comprehensive primer prepares the psychologist to function credibly as an expert witness, identifying the current and emerging areas of application of psychology to the law. Revealing psychology's enormous potential to promote human welfare through the American system of jurisprudence, former American Psychological Association president Theodore Blau: * Outlines the ways psychology has come into contact with the court via the areas of neuropsychology, clinical psychology, psychotherapy, mental disability, psychological profiles, various marital and family issues, and others * Offers a wide range of situations in which psychologists have appeared as expert witnesses * Includes step-by-step instructions on examining competency to stand trial and making custody recommendations * Examines cases where psychologists have done well-and not so well-in court * Discusses malingering, deceit, and exaggeration * Presents guidelines for testifying in marital, civil, and criminal disputes * Emphasizes standards for practice and practical training in providing testimony to the courts



Divorce

Divorce Author Howard Drutman
ISBN-10 1500243167
Release 2016-03-24
Pages 166
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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