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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 6: Conducting the Custody Evaluation: Part I. Observations and Techniques With Adults
The earlier chapters set the stage for understanding many of the dynamics of child development, the major issues of most evaluations, and the various roles that a mental health professional may play in doing evaluations. These next five chapters are designed to outline the steps of doing the custody evaluation. By understanding the evaluation process, and ensuring that we follow a similar process under most evaluation circumstances, we can conduct a custody evaluation that is more valid and consistent. This will satisfy the forensic requirement that child custody evaluations follow a standard protocol, increasing the scientific reliability of the process. As evaluators, we are ...