Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 28, 2002 - Law - 368 pages
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Comprehensive coverage of every phase of the child custody evaluation process

Does a clinician hired by a parent’s attorney bear the same responsibilities as a court-appointed psychologist? What are the most effective techniques for determining whether an alleged abuse has actually occurred? Which factors should be considered when determining whether a parent should be granted custody?

Clinician’s Guide to Child Custody Evaluations, Second Edition answers these questions and hundreds more as it provides step-by-step guidance through every aspect of this sensitive and profoundly important process. Employing riveting case studies drawn from the more than 1,800 custody evaluations he has performed, Dr. Marc Ackerman provides authoritative guidelines for:

  • Conducting interviews, observing behavior, and collecting collateral information
  • Psychological testing and administering ASPECT and other custody instruments
  • Evaluating parental behavior
  • Reporting evaluation results
  • Testifying in court

This remarkably thorough resource offers completely up-to-date coverage of recent legal decisions affecting child custody, new surveys on what judges and attorneys want from evaluations, and new chapters on placement schedules and second-opinion evaluations. Clinician’s Guide to Child Custody Evaluations, Second Edition is must reading for every mental health professional who is–or would like to be–involved in child custody evaluations.


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How Divorce Affects Families
What Encompasses a Custody Evaluation
Interviews Behavioral Observations
Psychological Testing
AckermanSchoendorf Scales for Parent Evaluation
Guidelines for Evaluating Parents Behavior
Abuse Allegations
Placement Schedules
Reporting the Results
Surviving Your Day in Court
Glossary of Legal Terms
Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychologists
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About the author (2002)

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).

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