20 Hours | 20 CEs

This self-paced training program on Forensic Psychological Assessment in Custody Litigation: Conceptual Issues, Data Integration, and Advanced Topics is presented by David Martindale, PhD, ABPP.

This training program presents instruction on interviewing methods designed to yield data most relevant to the issues before the court, and the processes to be employed in the integration of those data with data obtained through the administration of formal assessment instruments. Basic concepts of psychological assessment are discussed, with emphasis on test selection criteria, reliability, validity (in its various forms), and the manner in which testing conditions effect the reliability and validity of test data. Suggestions are offered regarding ways to effectively explain assessment findings in reports.

Data integration discussions include comparing and contrasting test data with other data sources, the use of test data in the development of recommendations and how to discuss testing in written and verbal testimony. Additional topics include a discussion of the inclusion of test data in evaluators’ reports, disclosure of test data and disclosure of test materials.

Specific instruments used by child custody evaluators are discussed in detail. Instruments discussed are those administered for personality variables (e.g., MMPI-2, PAI, MCMI), child behavior (e.g., CBCI, BASC-3, Connors), parent-child relationships (e.g., PSI-2, PCRI), including a discussion of various specific focus tests (e.g., PPI-R, TSI-2, Rorschach), and tests of questionable utility (e.g., Bricklin Scales, Projective Drawings, TAT).

The presenters discuss configural analysis, hypothesis testing, means by which to take situational variables into consideration, response style issues, the use of computer-based test interpretations (CBTIs), and practitioner interpretation.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the role of the standard error of measurement in the interpretation of test data

  • Describe the ways in which factors such as time of day of test administration can contribute to random error

  • Describe the benefits of reviewing test responses with test-takers

  • Describe the significant shortcomings of several often-used tests

  • Describe the distinction between the direct assessment of parenting and the assessment through the use of structured assessment measure of variables related to parenting skills

  • Describe the relevant factors to be considered in the selection of psychological testing

  • Describe the difference between normative data and context-specific base-rate data

  • Describe the ways in which measures of response style can be most effectively used in the interpretation of custody litigants’ test data

  • Describe the manner in which psychological test data are integrated with data obtained through other sources in custody evaluations

  • Describe methods for effectively explaining test data and interpretations in reports and testimony

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.

Jay Flens, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Jay Flens is a board certified clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Valrico, Florida. He is licensed to practice as a psychologist in Florida where his practice is devoted primarily to family law-related cases. One of Dr. Flens’ principal interests is the use of psychological testing in family law-related cases.

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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

    Basic Principles P1

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Basic Principles P2

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Interviewing Children

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Collateral Sources

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Cynthia Frankel v. Jeffrey Frankel

    • Note Sheets

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7

    Testing Basics

    • Lesson 6 Video


    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8

    Concept Issues, Data Int, and Advanced Topics P1

    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9

    Challenges- Why Testing

    • Lesson 8 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 10

    Ethical Issues

    • Lesson 9 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 11

    Response Style

    • Lesson 10 Video

    • Personality Assessment Inventory

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 12


    • Lesson 11 Video

    • Forensic and Correctional Application

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 13


    • Lesson 12 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 14


    • Lesson 13 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 15


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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