Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations

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9780471392606: Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations

Comprehensive coverage of every phase of the child custody evaluation process

Does a clinician hired by a parent’s attorney bear the same responsibilities as a court-appointed psychologist? What are the most effective techniques for determining whether an alleged abuse has actually occurred? Which factors should be considered when determining whether a parent should be granted custody?

Clinician’s Guide to Child Custody Evaluations, Second Edition answers these questions and hundreds more as it provides step-by-step guidance through every aspect of this sensitive and profoundly important process. Employing riveting case studies drawn from the more than 1,800 custody evaluations he has performed, Dr. Marc Ackerman provides authoritative guidelines for:

  • Conducting interviews, observing behavior, and collecting collateral information
  • Psychological testing and administering ASPECT and other custody instruments
  • Evaluating parental behavior
  • Reporting evaluation results
  • Testifying in court

This remarkably thorough resource offers completely up-to-date coverage of recent legal decisions affecting child custody, new surveys on what judges and attorneys want from evaluations, and new chapters on placement schedules and second-opinion evaluations. Clinician’s Guide to Child Custody Evaluations, Second Edition is must reading for every mental health professional who is–or would like to be–involved in child custody evaluations.

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A recognized expert in forensic psychology and creator of ASPECT (one of the most widely-used psychological instruments in child custody cases), Ackerman has conducted over 1,000 child custody evaluations. Here he addresses the custody evaluation process from beginning to end. Coverage includes the clinical interview, ethical considerations, psychological testing, preparing reports and testifying in court. The appendices contain relevant guidelines, codes and documentation necessary to perform effective assessments.

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In many divorce cases in the United States where children are involved, a thorough evaluation is required of the child, both parents, and the environment in which the child lives. Mental health professionals charged with performing these evaluations must be well versed in the legal and ethical standards that govern these evaluations as well as the techniques, instruments, and procedures used to create a fair and accurate picture of the child’s situation and each parent’s fitness for custody.

Clinician’s Guide to Child Custody Evaluations, Second Edition provides comprehensive coverage of every aspect of the evaluation process, from preparing to perform an evaluation to reporting the results and testifying in court. Drawing on his experience performing more than 1,800 child custody evaluations, Dr. Marc Ackerman offers step-by-step guidance through the process of interviewing, performing behavioral observations, and collecting collateral information.

Ackerman walks clinicians through the administration of a wide range of psychological tests and provides details on ASPECT and a number of other instruments designed specifically for evaluating parental fitness for custody. He provides guidelines for evaluating the behavior of parents and presents practical steps to take in determining whether alleged abuse has actually occurred. Two entirely new chapters address the creation of placement schedules and the administration of second-opinion evaluations.

This completely updated Second Edition also includes coverage of recent important legal decisions that have an impact on child custody and new surveys on what judges and attorneys want from evaluations.

Supplemented with case studies that illustrate the more sensitive and difficult aspects of this challenging field, Clinician’s Guide to Child Custody Evaluations, Second Edition is an indispensable resource for mental health professionals who want to perform at the highest possible level when a child’s future is at stake.

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