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Conducting the Custody Evaluation: Part II. Observations and Techniques With Children
Conducting the custody evaluation: Part II. Observations and Techniques With Children

The interviews with the children are a crucial part of understanding both the family dynamics and the relationship between the child and his parents. Many evaluators are used to conducting interviews with adults, yet have little or no experience in working with children. This is because a large percentage of mental health professionals never gain much experience in working with children during their training or professional careers. This chapter will begin by focusing on the types of information needed from our interviews with the children, and then focus on how to get such information from children at various ages. Issues such as seeing children ...

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