Allegations of Alienation or Child Sexual Abuse in Custody Evaluations

Allegations of Alienation or Child Sexual Abuse in Custody Evaluations


10 Hours | 10 CEs (CEUs)

Program Description

This self-paced professional training on Allegations of Alienation or Child Sexual Abuse in Custody Evaluations is presented by Dr. David Martindale.

Forensic psychological evaluations that are conducted in conjunction with disputes that include allegations of alienation or of child sexual abuse, are qualitatively different from other evaluations conducted in the context of litigation involving access to or custody of children. The disputes are atypically contentious, and much of the information needed by the evaluator must be obtained from the children, making the development of child forensic interviewing skills critically important. This course will focus on the acquisition of these skills.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding on custody evaluations including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, and human resources settings. This program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this training, participants should be able to:


  • Describe the primary sources of information used by evaluators in evaluations involving allegations of alienation or child sexual abuse
  • Describe the distinctions between alienation and related concepts such as alliance, affinity, estrangement, and visitation resistance
  • Describe the intrapsychic dynamics of the child that may contribute to alienation
  • Describe the ways in which children’s cognitive development effects the way in which sexual abuse is experienced and reported
  • Describe the elements of the child forensic interview process that serve to increase the accuracy of reporting by the child
  • Describe the pros and cons of using dolls and drawings in the child forensic interview

About Dr. David Martindale

Dr. David Martindale, 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 Register in 1978. During his years as a health service provider, Dr. Martindale’s practice focused on families. Between the years 1986 and 2000, Dr. Martindale performed court-ordered evaluations in New York. He received board certification in forensic psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology in 1996. In 2000, Dr. Martindale limited his practice to forensic psychological consulting. In that capacity, he has conducted work product reviews for psychologists, for attorneys, and for psychology boards. He has conducted more than 2,500 work product reviews and has consulted on more than 100 malpractice actions and/or licensing board complaints. Dr. Martindale lectures regularly on issues pertaining to evaluations of comparative custodial suitability, has participated in the judicial training of family court judges, is the Reporter for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation, and served on the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ Task Force on Child Custody Consulting.

This course will focus on forensic psychological evaluations.

– Allegations of alienation
– Child sexual abuse
– Litigation involving access to or custody of children.
– Evaluation Disputes
– Forensic interviewing skills

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete the course quizzes and evaluation for this Course. No partial credit is available. For this course, you will need to pass the course quizzes with 70% correct and complete a course evaluation form to earn the certificate. You can take the test as many times as necessary to pass. Participants will earn 10 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be able to print their CE certificate immediately after completing and passing the post-test and evaluation.

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