We are pleased to offer a selection of recorded workshops by the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP). These were presented as live workshops and recorded for online distribution. Unlike our typical professional training programs, these recordings do not include any interactive components or supplemental materials and are more akin to old-school CE than premium professional training.
Introduction to Child Custody and Parenting Evaluations is presented by Philip Stahl. This course introduces psychologists to child custody and parenting evaluations, learning how to get started in the case, understanding the basic research associated with parenting of children of never-married and separated or divorcing parents, and the basics of performing these evaluations. Topics include child custody evaluations guidelines and standards, getting started in child custody work, getting started in your case, evaluation and assessment methods, children’s developmental needs, report writing, developing your analysis and recommendations, report writing, and testifying.
Child custody and parenting evaluations are challenging as a result of many different factors. These evaluations push psychologists to the limits of their skills. One of the most difficult aspects of the work is the complex nature of the task. Child custody evaluators are asked to engage with the family and make predictions about the future “best interests of the child,” while at the same time needing to help the court understand complex family dynamics and allegations.
The fee for this training program is $300 and participants should expect to commit approximately 6 hours to completing this training program. At the end of the training program there will be a quiz that must be passed with a 70% in order to advance in the course. Once the course is completed participants will complete a course evaluation and then will be able to print their certificate of completion.
This course is relevant for psychologists who conduct forensic evaluations or who intend to add forensic evaluation to their practice. This course is for beginners. For more advanced professional training on this topic, please see the courses on Child Custody Evaluation by Dr. David Martindale.