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Covering the mental health expert's many roles as therapist, mediator, evaluator, consultant to attorneys, expert witness, and more, Philip M. Stahl's Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: From Basic to Complex Issues addresses key topics such as the best interests of the child, custody and time share, divorce and its impact on children, and children's developmental needs. From tackling the terror of testifying to critiquing your own child custody evaluations and avoiding bias inherent in this work, this practical and easy-to-read book offers comprehensive coverage vital to practitioners in this field.
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Role, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility
Child custody evaluations are time intensive, potentially intrusive to the family, expensive, and risk putting the children right into the middle of their parents' conflicts. When ordered by the court to participate in an evaluation, parents are subjected to multiple interviews, perhaps psychological testing, and exposure of their conflicts to teachers, therapists, and other collateral professionals. Children are interviewed and observed in offices and often in their homes. This lengthy process will typically take 3 to 4 months to complete, will typically be expensive, and may yield a report that is both potentially insightful and potentially damaging to the family. With that in mind, a relevant question would be, “Why ...