Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations

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"The Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations, Third Edition is written by one of the leaders in the field. it is as essential to the subject of child custody as the stethoscope is to medicine. This edition, an update of a classic, is a must-read for everyone from the novice to the expert's expert." - Leslie M. Drozd, PhD, Editor, Journal of Child Custody

A practical and comprehensive guide for conducting child custody evaluations.

Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations addresses the entire custody evaluation process from beginning to end. This New Third Edition reflects the abundant recent research in this area, including new evaluating and testing findings and new ethical guidelines from the APA. This edition also features fully up-to-date coverage of important legal decisions affecting child custody.

With many chapters completely revised and rewritten, the third Edition covers:
* Roles the mental health Practitioner can play and operate within the legal arena
* What encompasses a custody evaluation
* Ethical considerations and responsibilities involved in custody disputes
* How to interview, make behavioral observations, and collect collateral information
* Standards, applicability,and administration of tests
* Specialized child custody instruments such as the Ackerman-Schoendorf Scales for Parent Evaluation of Custody (ASPECT)
* How divorce affect families
* Evaluating parents' behavior
* How to prepare for the courtroom process
* Maltreatment, including neglect, abuse, and domestic violence
* Placement schedules
* How to write reports, draw conclusions, and render opinions
Each chapter ends with critical issues for the practitioner to consider. The accessible reference format provides a quick review of relevant discussions in the text. In addition, this book includes convenient guides to relevant legal terms, documents forms, APA guidelines, and codes of conduct. Based not only on current research but also on the author's considerable experience with thousands of evaluations, Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations is the definitive guide to this field for students and practitioners.

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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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Clinician’s Guide to Child Custody Evaluations No one suffers more or has more to lose from a divorce than the children involved. In helping to minimize the potential damage to these young victims, there is no more crucial issue than the awarding of custody. Fortunately, it is now common practice for courts and attorneys to enlist the aid of psychologists to perform expert evaluations of the custody arrangement which would be in the best interest of the child. With many marriages now ending in divorce, the demand for professionals capable of performing this difficult, yet rewarding, service is greater than ever. More and more mental health professionals are entering this branch of forensic psychology, yet to date, there are but a scant few books expressly designed to quickly and thoroughly educate professionals in the full range of skills they need to perform this Vitally important service. Comprehensive, authoritative, and very practical, this guide does just that. From getting started in the field, to selecting and administering tests, to conducting interviews and drawing conclusions, to reporting findings and testifying in court, it provides professionals with detailed clinical guidelines for performing evaluations while schooling them in all the legal, ethical, and practical aspects of serving as expert witnesses, mediators, or court appointed psychologists in custody cases. Few writers are as qualified as Dr. Marc Ackerman to author such a work. An acknowledged expert in the field who has conducted more than 1,000 child custody evaluations, Ackerman is also the author of the Ackerman-Schoendorf Scale for Parent Evaluation of Custody (ASPECT), a widely used psychological test which is designed to measure the important variables which impact custody decisions. In this book, he shares the fruits of his considerable experience, offering many invaluable insights and lessons learned through years of trial and error. He also arms readers with sample forms, official guidelines, professional codes, and a wide range of other useful "hardware" indispensable to the forensic psychologist. Offering detailed clinical guidelines to conducting custody evaluations and expert advice from one of the most knowledgeable professionals working in the field today, this book is a valuable resource for all mental health professionals involved with or contemplating becoming involved with child custody evaluations.

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