Conducting scientifically crafted child custody evaluations

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Sage Publications, May 20, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 387 pages
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In Conducting Scientifically Crafted Child Custody Evaluations, author Jonathan W. Gould compiles the literature on child custody evaluation into a coherent, logically integrated format that can be applied directly to practice. This empirically based book represents state-of-the-art forensic techniques in the rapidly changing field of child custody evaluation. Gould challenges this dynamic field to further advance by enhancing its level of professionalism and strengthening its scientific basis. Currently, only 10% of divorcing couples with children pursue resolution of custody disputes. The author questions whether this minority comprises a unique population that requires separate, uniquely developed intervention protocols. He asks, "If the people who request forensic child custody evaluation comprise a unique population, how useful are our assessment tools when they have not been validated on this distinctive group?" Proposing new assessment models that are, in fact, based on studies with this population, Gould emphasizes that this is one of the fastest growing areas of professional involvement for practicing psychologists, counselors, and social workers. Divided into three parts, the book covers a conceptual framework, the evaluation process, and suggestions for the evaluator in preparing for court.

This book targets psychologists, social workers, and students in the fields of family social work, family psychology, family counseling, forensic psychology, family studies, and family law.

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Contents

TWO The Role of the Forensic Child Custody
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THREE Expert Testimony and Presentation
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FOUR Developing a Conceptual Model
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About the author (1998)

Jonathan W. Gould, PhD, practices forensic psychology with a specialization in issues related to family law, including child custody, and is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He performs court-appointed custody evaluations and consults with attorneys and psychologists in the areas of child custody, Child Protective Services evaluations such as termination of parental rights, and professional ethics and standards. Dr. Gould also consults with attorneys in the areas of criminal child sexual abuse and other forms of child maltreatment. With David A. Martindale, he is a principal in the consulting group Child Custody Consultants.
David A. Martindale, PhD, is board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He performed court-appointed custody evaluations for 16 years in New York state and served as the Reporter for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts' "Model Standards for Child Custody Evaluation," Dr. Martindale's practice is now limited to consulting with attorneys, psychologists, and psychology licensing boards in the areas of child custody and professional ethics and standards. With Jonathan W. Gould, he is a principal in the consulting group Child Custody Consultants.

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