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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.

The Mental Health Expert's Many Possible Roles1
The mental health expert's many possible roles

As suggested in Chapter 1, the mental health expert is brought in under many different circumstances when working with families of divorce. Each possible role is unique and requires the mental health expert to provide a different service to the individual or family in need. Oftentimes, the mental health practitioner is asked by the family to engage in more than one role. As noted in Chapter 1, the complications and risks of blending or changing roles far outweigh any possible benefit to the family. In this brief chapter, I will outline the various roles that mental health practitioners may experience, suggesting styles of practice that work for each role. The chapter will ...

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