Risk Management for Custody Evaluators and Court Involved Therapists

Risk Management for Custody Evaluators and Court Involved Therapists

$250.00

10 Hours | 10 CEs (CEUs)

Program Description

This self-paced training on Risk Management for Custody Evaluators and Court Involved Therapists
is presented by Dr. David Martindale .

Mental health professionals performing forensic psychological evaluations in litigated custody/access disputes, and those who function as treatment providers to parents and/or children who are involved in such litigation, frequently express concern regarding the risk of licensing board complaints. For evaluators, this course will provide information regarding specific techniques that serve to reduce litigant animosity, a common precipitating factor in the filing of complaints. For treatment providers, this course will explore appropriate and inappropriate testimony content, and the risks to the therapeutic alliance of therapist testimony.

The fee for this training program is $250 and includes all materials and readings.

Intended Audience

This program is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding of 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 course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the link between animosity experienced by service recipients and the filing of complaints against service providers
  • Describe the decision-making procedures likely to be employed by regulatory agencies in processing complaints
  • Describe the operation of immunity provisions, and the many exceptions to those provisions
  • Describe the basic elements of the agreement between the service provider (evaluator or therapist) and the service recipient (evaluee or therapy client)
  • Describe the types of testimony (by evaluators or by treatment providers) that increase the risk of complaints
  • Describe the basic elements of a malpractice action
  • 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.

    Evaluators

    This course will provide information regarding specific techniques that serve to reduce litigant animosity, a common precipitating factor in the filing of complaints.

    Treatment Providers

    This course will explore appropriate and inappropriate testimony content, and the risks to the therapeutic alliance of therapist testimony.

    Continuing Education Credit

    This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 10 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to download and print the CE certificate upon completion of the final evaluation.

    Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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