[T]he best and most useful social science text I have read in a decade√ñ.It is comprehensive in its research and scope, clearly written and uses excellent case studies and examples to illustrate in simple terms what might otherwise be complex phenomena.
--Dr. Tom Altobelli
Federal Magistrate, Family Law Courts
The goal of every family law professional and mental health practitioner is to improve family court outcomes in the best interests of the child. This book will assist readers in meeting this critical goal. Developmental Psychology for Family Law Professionals serves as a practical application of developmental theory to the practice of family law.
This book helps family law and mental health professionals gain a broader understanding of each child's unique needs when in the midst of family crisis. It presents developmental theories with which professionals might better assess the developmental needs, synchronies, and trajectories of a given child. Ultimately, this book presents guidelines for making appropriate legal decisions and recommendations for children who have experienced crises such as abuse, neglect, relocation, divorce, and much more.
Key topics include:
- Custodial schedules
- Foster and adoptive care
- Post-divorce disputes
- Termination of parental rights
- Psychological assessment and diagnosis
- Incarcerated parents and visitation rights
- Relocation and "distance parenting"
- Visitation resistance and refusal/reunification
- Parental Alienation/alignment and estrangement
- Theories of cognitive, language, and social development
|Publisher:||Springer Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
He is the founder of Parenting Coordinators of New Hampshire (www.PCANH.org), a non-profit organization of family law professionals. He also has a personal website, www.healthyparent.com.
Dr. Garber is the author of Keeping Kids Out of the Middle: Child-Centered Parenting in the Midst of Adult Conflict, Separation and Divorce (Health Communications, Inc; October, 2008), which speaks to caregivers about the critical importance of co-parenting regardless of the legal status of their relationship. He also served as consulting psychologist for Your Toddler Month By Month (Penguin Books, 2007).
He has published articles in journals such as Family Court Review, Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, Journal of Child Custody, Professional Psychology, Psychotherapy, and more.
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Table of Contents
Part I One Size Can Never Fit All 1
1 Why a Perspective on Child and Family Development? 5
2 Caveat Lector: On the Limitations and Relevance of Developmental Theory, Statistics, and Methods 19
Part II Developmental Theory in Overview 41
3 Cognitive Development 43
4 Language Development 55
5 Social and Emotional Development 69
6 The Child's Defense Mechanisms: Regression, Stress, and Impediments to Developmental Capacity 95
7 Developmental Asynchrony and Décalage 105
Part III In the Best Developmental Interests of the Child: Topics in Separation, Visitation, and Reunification 141
8 A Child's Understanding of Time, Separation, and Loss 143
9 Custodial Schedules and Infant Overnights 153
10 On Visitation Resistance and Refusal 165
11 Growing Up Apart: Child–Parent Separation 179
12 Development and Parent–Child Reunification 201
13 Development and the Termination of Parental Rights 215
Part IV Advanced Applications of Developmental Theory to Family Law Practice 227
14 What Is a “Mature Minor”? 229
15 Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis in Family Law 247
16 Alienation, Estrangement, and Alignment: The Tools and Weapons of Affiliation 263
17 Development in the Mirror: On Becoming (and Remaining) a Family Law Professional 279
Appendix I Learn More Now: Agencies, Organizations, and Experts 295
Appendix II Preserving Families, Serving Children's Needs, and Building Our Shared Future: A Proposal for a National Program of Continuing Parent Education 309
Appendix III Select Resources for Involuntary Separation: Incarcerated, Enlisted, or Hospitalized Parents 311
Appendix IV Mentoring Youth: Anchoring Kids Cast Adrift 319
Appendix V On Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Vicarious Traumatization 321