This in-person workshop on Risk Management for Custody Evaluators and Court Involved Therapists is presented by Dr. David Martindale.
Mental health professionals performing forensic psychological evaluations in litigated custody/access disputes, and those who function as treatment providers to parents and/or children who are involved in such litigation, frequently express concern regarding the risk of licensing board complaints. For evaluators, this workshop will provide information regarding specific techniques that serve to reduce litigant animosity, a common precipitating factor in the filing of complaints. For treatment providers, this workshop will explore appropriate and inappropriate testimony content, and the risks to the therapeutic alliance of therapist testimony. This workshop has been approved by the Judicial Council of California that qualifies for continuing education credit.
Are you a California Custody Evaluator?
This workshop has been approved by the Judicial Council of California that qualifies for continuing education credit. Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rules 5.225(d)(1)-(21), the outline or agenda submitted satisfies the requirements of the rule for 7 hours toward initial 40 hours Evaluator training, and annual 8 hours of Evaluator continuing education.
Wanna join but can’t get to Palo Alto?
If you would like to ‘attend’ this workshop but cannot travel to Palo Alto – consider virtual attendance. This year we are pleased to offer virtual attendance at our summer workshops via ZOOM. Attend from the comfort of your own computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. Virtual attendees will be emailed all the details to connect via ZOOM and will be sent electronic copies of all materials. Since you won’t be joining us in person (missing out on hard copies, coffee, snacks, and fun swag 🙂 please use promo code ZOOM at registration for a $50 reduction in registration rate. We look forward to having you join us either in person or virtually!
This workshop is intended for professionals that want to enhance their understanding of custody evaluations including those working in criminal justice, security, health care, social service, education, and human resources settings. This workshop is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.
Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
Describe the link between animosity experienced by service recipients and the filing of complaints against service providers
Describe the decision-making procedures likely to be employed by regulatory agencies in processing complaints
Describe the operation of immunity provisions, and the many exceptions to those provisions
Describe the basic elements of the agreement between the service provider (evaluator or therapist) and the service recipient (evaluee or therapy client)
Describe the types of testimony (by evaluators or by treatment providers) that increase the risk of complaints
Describe the basic elements of a malpractice action
About Dr. David Martindale
Dr. David Martindale, diplomate in forensic psychology (ABPP), functions as a consultant to psychologists, attorneys, and state regulatory boards. He received his license as a psychologist in New York, in 1972, and received certification as a health service provider in psychology from the National Register in 1978. During his years as a health service provider, Dr. Martindale’s practice focused on families. Between the years 1986 and 2000, Dr. Martindale performed court-ordered evaluations in New York. He received board certification in forensic psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology in 1996. In 2000, Dr. Martindale limited his practice to forensic psychological consulting. In that capacity, he has conducted work product reviews for psychologists, for attorneys, and for psychology boards. He has conducted more than 2,500 work product reviews and has consulted on more than 100 malpractice actions and/or licensing board complaints. Dr. Martindale lectures regularly on issues pertaining to evaluations of comparative custodial suitability, has participated in the judicial training of family court judges, is the Reporter for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation, and served on the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ Task Force on Child Custody Consulting.
Evaluators This workshop will provide information regarding specific techniques that serve to reduce litigant animosity, a common precipitating factor in the filing of complaints.
Treatment Providers This workshop will explore appropriate and inappropriate testimony content, and the risks to the therapeutic alliance of therapist testimony.
Continuing Education Credit
This workshop is an In-Person Professional Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will have to complete a workshop evaluation for this In-Person Professional Training Program. Participants will earn 7 CE hours for completion once they have completed these requirements. Each participant will be given their workshop evaluation upon completion of the workshop.
Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. This workshop has been approved by the Judicial Council of California that qualifies for continuing education credit. Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rules 5.225(d)(1)-(21), the outline or agenda submitted satisfies the requirements of the rule for 7 hours toward initial 40 hours Evaluator training, and annual 8 hours of Evaluator continuing education.Click here for state and other regional board approvals.
For in-person workshops we offer a 50% refund up until 2 weeks out from the start date of each workshop. There are no refunds within 2 weeks but will accommodate with access to the online program.
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