Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-226) and index.
This book provides a step-by-step child custody assessment protocol that protects families and at the same time helps new evaluators minimize the likelihood of committing ethical infractions or malpractice. For mental health professionals interested in beginning a career in forensic child custody assessment, balancing the legal and clinical issues that surround family evaluations and custody disputes can be complicated. Without specialized knowledge, the risk of causing undue emotional injury increases. The book puts family litigation into context and reviews the legal evidentiary standards that pertain to psychological testing, scientific evidence, and expert witness testimony used in the court system. Although written for the novice evaluator, this book enhances the clinical skills of even the most seasoned evaluator because it offers a complete overview of the judicial process and the evolving change in the standards of practice. The authors include a sample written evaluation report and other forms that readers can adapt for use in their own practices. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved).
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