Over the past five to 10 years, there has been a significant increase in the use of child custody evaluations by the courts. At the same time, the issues have become more complex and difficult. In this book, the author provides a theoretical and practical understanding of many of the issues. A key component is the integration of disparate research findings into a comprehensive resource that will enable the evaluator and the court to understand these complex issues. A second component is to provide a thorough understanding of the fact that divorce brings with it a set of complex needs, and evaluators and the courts must develop a paradigm for weighing these needs in a comprehensive manner.

Tackling the Terror of Testifying

Tackling the terror of testifying

One of the more difficult tasks for the evaluator occurs when a case goes to trial and he or she has to prepare for testifying in court. For many evaluators, this is a daunting task, stimulating fear, feelings of inadequacy, and insecurity. This is especially true for the relatively new evaluator who has limited court experience and has done little testifying in the past. Contemplating the experience can be terrifying, but confidence and ease can be developed.

Because the basic tools of an evaluator are interviewing, psychological testing, observation, report writing, and other such clinical skills, few evaluators are adequately trained in the art and technique of testifying. An excellent resource for forensic psychologists, Testifying in Court ...

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