Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations / Edition 3

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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.

Incl. how divorce affects families/psychological testing/ guidelines for evaluating parents' behavior/abuse allegation

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From The Critics
Ackerman (Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology) explains the child-custody evaluation process for psychologists who are asked to take part in divorce cases, either by a parent or by the court. Ackerman has participated in some 1,800 such cases, and he includes case-study details as well as factual information on legal decisions, ethical considerations, tests and standards, etc. New to the second edition is a discussion of recent research findings on custody issues as well as the practices and expectations of psychologists, family law judges, and attorneys. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher
“…an interesting book…”(Child & Adolescent Mental Health, November 2002)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471746164
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/30/2006
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 904,328
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc J. Ackerman Ph.D., is a professor at the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology where he is the chair of the Forensic Psychology program. He has been involved in over 2000 divorce related cases, has given over 125 seminars and workshops throughout the world and has written over 75 professional articles while in clinical and forensic private practice. He has five books in current publication, including Essentials of Forensic Psychological Assessment (Wiley) and is the co-creator of ASPECT, a major child custody evaluation instrument.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction.

2. Clinician’s Responsibilities.

3. How Divorce Affects Families.

4. What Encompasses a Custody Evaluation.

5. Interviews, Behavioral Observations, and Collateral Information.

6. Psychological Testing.

7. Ackerman-Schoendorf Scales for Parent Evaluation of Custody (ASPECT) and Other Custody Instruments.

8. Guidelines for Evaluating Parents’ Behavior.

9. Maltreatment.

10. Placement Schedules.

11. Reporting the Results.

12. Surviving Your Day in Court.

Appendix A: Glossary of Legal Terms.

Appendix B: Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

Appendix C: Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists.

Appendix D: Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Divorce Proceedings.


Author Index.

Subject Index.

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