20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced training program on Evaluation for Child Custody is presented by David Martindale, PhD, ABPP.

This program provides an introduction to- and an overview of custody and parenting evaluations and addresses advanced topics, including: relocation requests, allegations of intimate partner violence, child sexual abuse, and alienation. Participants learn how to effectively manage pre-evaluation contacts with attorneys, litigants, and the court; how to develop a detailed statement of understanding; and how to conduct forensic interviews of adults and children. Report writing, testimony, and risk management procedures are also addressed.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe how to effectively manage pre-evaluation contacts with attorneys, litigants, and the court

  • Describe how to develop a detailed statement of understanding

  • Describe how to conduct forensic interviews of adults and children

  • Describe evaluations that involve relocation requests

  • Describe the importance of record keeping and report writing procedures

  • Describe testimony procedures

  • Describe the importance of record keeping

  • Describe the factors to consider in selecting assessment instruments

  • Describe the goals of psychological testing

  • Describe risk management procedures

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

    • Essentials in Evaluation

    • Agreements & Letters

    • Video/Transcript Review Sheet

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Remember the Old Stuff

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Record Keeping

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations

    • Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology

    • Model Standards of Practice

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Getting Off to a Clean Start

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    The Evaluative Process

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Concerns in Fairness Judgments

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Factors to Consider in Selecting Assessment Instruments

    • Lesson 6 Video

    • The Working of Child Custody Evaluators

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Interpreting, Reporting, & Releasing Assessment Data

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Maximizing the Usefulness of Collateral Source Information

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Report Writing

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Advanced Topics

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Analyzing Child Sexual Abuse Allegations

    • Further Considerations

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 12

    Intimate Partner Violence

    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Intimate Partner Violence: A Meta-Analysis

    • Coercive Control and Classifying Violence Types

    • Integrated Framework for the Assessment of IPV

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13

    Parental Alienation

    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14


    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 15

    Report Writing - Additional Discussion

    • Lesson 14 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 16

    Preparing for Trial

    • Lesson 15 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 17


    • Lesson 16 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 18

    Question and Answer Session

    • Lesson 17 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 19


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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