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Forensic Psychological Assessment in Custody Litigation: Conceptual Issues, Data Integration, and Advanced Topics

Presented By David A. Martindale, PhD, ABPP | James R. Flens, PsyD, ABPP
David A. Martindale, PhD, ABPP James R. Flens, PsyD, ABPP

20 hours | 20 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Forensic Psychological Assessment in Custody Litigation: Conceptual Issues, Data Integration, and Advanced Topics is presented by David A. Martindale, PhD, ABPP and James R. Flens, PsyD, ABPP.This badge-earning program can be shared digitally on platforms like LinkedIn or your resume and counts towards a certificate. Enroll in this program to earn credit towards Child Custody Evaluation Certificate and share your new digital credentials with prospective employers and colleagues.

This training program presents instruction on interviewing methods designed to yield data most relevant to the issues before the court and the processes to be employed in the integration of those data with data obtained through the administration of formal assessment instruments. Basic concepts of psychological assessment are discussed, with emphasis on test selection criteria, reliability, validity (in its various forms), and the manner in which testing conditions affect the reliability and validity of test data. Suggestions are offered regarding ways to effectively explain assessment findings in reports.

Presenters discuss data integration – the process of comparing and contrasting information derived from different data sources. Emphasis is placed on providing effective explanations, in reports and testimony, of the manner in which test data were used in the development of recommendations. Criteria to be employed in selecting formal assessment instruments are presented

The presenters discuss configural analysis, hypothesis testing means by which to take situational variables into consideration, response style issues, the use of computer-based test interpretations (CBTIs), and practitioner interpretation.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the role of the standard error of measurement in the interpretation of test data

Describe the ways in which factors such as time of day of test administration can contribute to random error

Describe the benefits of reviewing test responses with test-takers

Describe the significant shortcomings of several often-used tests

Describe the distinction between the direct assessment of parenting and the assessment through the use of structured assessment measure of variables related to parenting skills

Describe the relevant factors to be considered in the selection of psychological testing

Describe the difference between normative data and context-specific base-rate data

Describe the ways in which measures of response style can be most effectively used in the interpretation of custody litigants’ test data

Describe the manner in which psychological test data are integrated with data obtained through other sources in custody evaluations

Describe methods for effectively explaining test data and interpretations in reports and testimony


Presented By

David A. Martindale, PhD, ABPP

David A. Martindale, Ph.D., ABPP (forensic) limits his practice to consulting with psychologists, attorneys, and state regulatory boards. He regularly lectures on issues pertaining to evaluations of comparative custodial suitability, served on the AFCC Child Custody Consulting Task Force, and was th...

Presented By

James R. Flens, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. James Flens is a board-certified clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Valrico, Florida. He is licensed to practice as a psychologist in Florida, where his practice is devoted primarily to family law-related cases. One of Dr. Flens’ principal interests is the use of psycholog...


1. Introduction

2. Basic Principles - Part 1

3. Basic Principles - Part 2

4. Interviewing Children

5. Collateral Sources

6. Testing Basics

7. Concept Issues, Data Int, and Advanced Topics

8. Challenges - Why Testing

9. Ethical Issues

10. Response Style

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