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

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

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 Assessmentinstruments. Basic concepts of psychological Assessmentare discussed, with emphasis on test selection criteria, reliability, validity (in its various forms), and the manner in which testing conditions effect the reliability and validity of test data. Suggestions are offered regarding ways to effectively explain Assessmentfindings in reports. Data integration discussions include comparing and contrasting test data with other data sources, the use of test data in the development of recommendations and how to discuss testing in written and verbal testimony. Additional topics include a discussion of the inclusion of test data in evaluators’ reports, disclosure of test data and disclosure of test materials. Specific instruments used by child custody evaluators are discussed in detail. Instruments discussed are those administered for personality variables (e.g., MMPI-2, PAI, MCMI), child behavior (e.g., CBCI, BASC-3, Connors), parent-child relationships (e.g., PSI-2, PCRI), including a discussion of various specific focus tests (e.g., PPI-R, TSI-2, Rorschach), and tests of questionable utility (e.g., Bricklin Scales, Projective Drawings, TAT). 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.

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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 Assessmentof parenting and the Assessmentthrough the use of structured Assessmentmeasure 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

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Presented By

David Martindale, PhD, ABPP

Dr. David Martindale, a diplomate in forensic psychology (ABPP), functions as a consultant to psychologists, attorneys, and state regulatory boards. He received his license as a psychologist in New York in 1972 and received certification as a health service provider in psychology from the National R...

Presented By

Jay R. Flens, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Jay 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 psychologic...

Curriculum

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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