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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 7: Conducting the Custody Evaluation: Part II. Observations and Techniques With Children
The interviews with the children are a crucial part of understanding both the family dynamics and the relationship between the child and his parents. Many evaluators are used to conducting interviews with adults, yet have little or no experience in working with children. This is because a large percentage of mental health professionals never gain much experience in working with children during their training or professional careers. This chapter will begin by focusing on the types of information needed from our interviews with the children, and then focus on how to get such information from children at various ages. Issues such as seeing children ...