10 Hours | 10 CEs

This self-paced training on Risk Management for Custody Evaluators and Court Involved Therapists is presented by David Martindale , PhD, ABPP.

Mental health professionals performing forensic psychological evaluations in litigated custody/access disputes, and those who function as treatment providers to parents and/or children who are involved in such litigation, frequently express concern regarding the risk of licensing board complaints. For evaluators, this course will provide information regarding specific techniques that serve to reduce litigant animosity, a common precipitating factor in the filing of complaints. For treatment providers, this course will explore appropriate and inappropriate testimony content, and the risks to the therapeutic alliance of therapist testimony.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the link between animosity experienced by service recipients and the filing of complaints against service providers

  • Describe the decision-making procedures likely to be employed by regulatory agencies in processing complaints

  • Describe the operation of immunity provisions, and the many exceptions to those provisions

  • Describe the basic elements of the agreement between the service provider (evaluator or therapist) and the service recipient (evaluee or therapy client)

  • Describe the types of testimony (by evaluators or by treatment providers) that increase the risk of complaints

  • Describe the basic elements of a malpractice action

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

    • When Bad Things Happen

    • Diversity Issues

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Risk Management (Lesson 2)

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • Frankel v. Frankel

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Risk Management (Lesson 3)

    • Lesson 3 Video



    • Much is Forgotten

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Risk Management (Lesson 4)

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Phone Notes Sheet


    • Areas of Inquiry

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6

    Risk Management (Lesson 5)

    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Session Note Sheet

    • References

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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