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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 10: Sharing the Results of the Evaluation: The Evaluation Report
After gathering all of the data, it is time to write the report. The evaluation report is the culmination of all of our psychological and forensic work. It is through the report that we evaluators inform the parties, the attorneys, and the judge of our findings, our analysis of those findings as it relates to the psychological best interests of the children, and our conclusions and recommendations. This chapter will address the relevant material that must be included in each report and provide a format for incorporating this material into your report.
I believe that it is most helpful when the evaluator plans ahead in gathering data, thinking from ...