Introduction to Child Custody and Parenting Evaluations

Introduction to Child Custody and Parenting Evaluations


6 Hours | 6 CE


Program Description

Introduction to Child Custody and Parenting Evaluations is presented by Philip Stahl. This course introduces psychologists to child custody and parenting evaluations, learning how to get started in the case, understanding the basic research associated with the parenting of children of never-married and separated or divorcing parents, and the basics of performing these evaluations. Topics include child custody evaluations guidelines and standards, getting started in child custody work, getting started in your case, evaluation and assessment methods, children’s developmental needs, report writing, developing your analysis and recommendations, report writing, and testifying.

Child custody and parenting evaluations are challenging as a result of many different factors. These evaluations push psychologists to the limits of their skills. One of the most difficult aspects of the work is the complex nature of the task. Child custody evaluators are asked to engage with the family and make predictions about the future “best interests of the child,” while at the same time needing to help the court understand complex family dynamics and allegations.

The fee for this training program is $300 and participants should expect to commit approximately 6 hours to complete this training program. At the end of the training program, there is a quiz that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.

Intended Audience

This course is relevant for psychologists who conduct forensic evaluations or who intend to add forensic evaluation to their practice. This course is for beginners. For more advanced professional training on this topic, please see the courses on Child Custody Evaluation by Dr. David Martindale.

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

– Describe critical differences between forensic and clinical family evaluations

– Describe how forensic and custody evaluation standards and guidelines shape one’s evaluations

– Describe the contents of a comprehensive parenting and custody evaluations

– Describe how parents’ “horizontal” relationships (i.e., with the other parent) and their “vertical” relationships (i.e., with the children) should differentially impact parenting plan recommendations

– Describe research on children’s adjustment to divorce when assessing families and making recommendations

– Describe opinions effectively via reports and testimony

About Dr. Philip Stahl

Philip Stahl, Ph.D., ABPP, is a board certified forensic psychologist in private practice in Maricopa County, Arizona whose work focuses on child custody matters. Dr. Stahl is licensed in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Michigan, and has held temporary licensure in many other states. A frequent speaker, he has conducted workshops and trainings for judges, attorneys, child custody evaluators, and others working with high-conflict families of divorce. He is on the faculty of the National Judicial College and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

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 Home Study Distance Learning 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 6 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.
Board Approvals: APA, CPA. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.
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