Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations / Edition 3

Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations / Edition 3

by Marc J. Ackerman
     
 

"The Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations, Third Edition is written by one of the leaders in the field. it is as essential to the subject of child custody as the stethoscope is to medicine. This edition, an update of a classic, is a must-read for everyone from the novice to the expert's expert." - Leslie M. Drozd, PhD, Editor, Journal of Child Custody

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"The Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations, Third Edition is written by one of the leaders in the field. it is as essential to the subject of child custody as the stethoscope is to medicine. This edition, an update of a classic, is a must-read for everyone from the novice to the expert's expert." - Leslie M. Drozd, PhD, Editor, Journal of Child Custody

A practical and comprehensive guide for conducting child custody evaluations.

Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations addresses the entire custody evaluation process from beginning to end. This New Third Edition reflects the abundant recent research in this area, including new evaluating and testing findings and new ethical guidelines from the APA. This edition also features fully up-to-date coverage of important legal decisions affecting child custody.

With many chapters completely revised and rewritten, the third Edition covers:

  • Roles the mental health Practitioner can play and operate within the legal arena
  • What encompasses a custody evaluation
  • Ethical considerations and responsibilities involved in custody disputes
  • How to interview, make behavioral observations, and collect collateral information
  • Standards, applicability,and administration of tests
  • Specialized child custody instruments such as the Ackerman-Schoendorf Scales for Parent Evaluation of Custody (ASPECT)
  • How divorce affect families
  • Evaluating parents' behavior
  • How to prepare for the courtroom process
  • Maltreatment, including neglect, abuse, and domestic violence
  • Placement schedules
  • How to write reports, draw conclusions, and render opinions

Each chapter ends with critical issues for the practitioner to consider. The accessible reference format provides a quick review of relevant discussions in the text. In addition, this book includes convenient guides to relevant legal terms, documents forms, APA guidelines, and codes of conduct. Based not only on current research but also on the author's considerable experience with thousands of evaluations, Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations is the definitive guide to this field for students and practitioners.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471746164
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/30/2006
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,246,718
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.45(h) x 1.27(d)

Meet the Author

MARC J. ACKERMAN, PhD, is a professor at Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology and also has a private practice. He is co-creator of ASPECT, one of the major child-custody evaluation instruments, and has five books in current publication including Essentials of Forensic Psychological Assessment (Wiley).

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Clinician's responsibilities12
3How divorce affects families52
4What encompasses a custody evaluation90
5Interviews, behavioral observations, and collateral information118
6Psychological testing140
7Ackerman-Schoendorf scales for parent evaluation of custody (ASPECT) and other custody instruments158
8Guidelines for evaluating parents' behavior178
9Maltreatment197
10Placement schedules242
11Reporting the results259
12Surviving your day in court275

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