This self-paced online training program on best practices in the Evaluation for Child Custody is presented by Dr. David Martindale. This program provides an introduction to- and an overview of custody and parenting evaluations and addresses advanced topics, including: relocation requests, allegations of intimate partner violence, child sexual abuse, and alienation. Participants learn how to effectively manage pre-evaluation contacts with attorneys, litigants, and the court; how to develop a detailed statement of understanding; and how to conduct forensic interviews of adults and children. Report writing, testimony, and risk management procedures are also addressed.
The fee for this training program is $500 and includes all materials. Participants should expect to commit approximately 20 CE hours to complete this training program. Throughout the training program, there are quizzes 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.
This training program is relevant for attorneys who work with psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals who conduct child custody evaluations. Of course, the primary audience for this workshop are professionals who conduct child custody or family court evaluations or those wishing to add child custody evaluation to their clinical practice; however, attorneys who take this training will leave with a great deal of useful information regarding the custody evaluation process. This training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
– Describe how to effectively manage pre-evaluation contacts with attorneys, litigants, and the court
– Describe how to develop a detailed statement of understanding
– Describe how to conduct forensic interviews of adults and children
– Describe evaluations that involve relocation requests
– Describe evaluations that involved allegations with intimate partner violence, child sexual abuse, and alienation
– Describe report writing procedures
– Describe testimony procedures
– Describe the importance of record keeping
– Describe the factors to consider in selecting assessment instruments
– Describe the goals of psychological testing
– Describe the usefulness of collateral source information
– Describe risk management procedures
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 is excellent for for attorneys who work with psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals who conduct child custody evaluations.
Essentials in the Evaluation for Child Custody
Learn how to effectively manage pre-evaluation contacts with attorneys, litigants, and the court; how to develop a detailed statement of understanding; and how to conduct forensic interviews of adults and children.
Advanced Topics in Evaluation for Child Custody
Focus on evaluations that involve relocation requests, and allegations of intimate partner violence, child sexual abuse, and alienation. This section will also address report writing, testimony, and risk management procedures.
“I highly recommend Dr. Martindale’s workshop to any attorney dealing with litigated custody disputes. Effective cross-examination of the custody evaluator is often critical, and an attorney must have intimate knowledge of the forensic process to do it well. Martindale always presents invaluable insights in an engaging manner. Well worth the investment of time and money to attend!” – Timothy M. Tippins, Esq., President MatLaw Systems Corp.
“Dr. Martindale is clearly very experienced and knowledgeable. He exhibits competency, humility, and compassion as he discusses issues. He has a clear knowledge of detail of cases relevant to work. ” – Summer Training Institute 2016 Attendee
“Dr. Martindale was extremely knowledgeable, well organized, an engaging speaker, and provided good referrals and tips throughout the presentation.”
– Summer Training Institute 2016 Attendee
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 20 CE (CEU) 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, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. This self-paced course has been approved by the Judicial Council of California that qualifies for continuing education credit. Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rules 5.225(d)(1)-(21), the outline or agenda submitted satisfies the requirements of the rule for 20 hours toward initial 40 hours Evaluator training, and annual 8 hours of Evaluator continuing education. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.
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