10 Hours | 10 CEs

This self-paced training on Allegations of Alienation or Child Sexual Abuse in Custody Evaluations is presented by David Martindale, PhD, ABPP.

Forensic psychological evaluations that are conducted in conjunction with disputes that include allegations of alienation or of child sexual abuse, are qualitatively different from other evaluations conducted in the context of litigation involving access to or custody of children. The disputes are atypically contentious, and much of the information needed by the evaluator must be obtained from the children, making the development of child forensic interviewing skills critically important. This course will focus on the acquisition of these skills.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the primary sources of information used by evaluators in evaluations involving allegations of alienation or child sexual abuse

  • Describe the distinctions between alienation and related concepts such as alliance, affinity, estrangement, and visitation resistance

  • Describe the intrapsychic dynamics of the child that may contribute to alienation

  • Describe the ways in which children’s cognitive development effects the way in which sexual abuse is experienced and reported

  • Describe the elements of the child forensic interview process that serve to increase the accuracy of reporting by the child

  • Describe the pros and cons of using dolls and drawings in the child forensic interview

Presented By

David Martindale, PhD, ABPP

David Martindale, Ph.D., ABPP (forensic) limits his practice to consulting with psychologists, attorneys, and state regulatory boards. He lectures regularly on issues pertaining to evaluations of comparative custodial suitability, served on the AFCC Child Custody Consulting Task Force, and was the Reporter for the AFCC Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation.

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  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced course is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced course is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2


    • Lesson 1 Video

  • 3

    Child Forensic Interviews

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Much is Forgotten

    • CFI Review Sheet

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Increasing Accuracy

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Diversity Issues

    • Frankel v. Frankel

    • File Organization

    • Session Notes

    • Phone Notes

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Alienation - Part 1

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Alienation - Part 2

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Daubert Trilogy

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Allegations of Sexual Abuse - Part 1

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Allegations of Sexual Abuse- Part 2

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • State v. Michaels

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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