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2021 IPV/DV Update

alt Course: 2021 IPV/DV Update

alt Instructors: Lori A. Love, Ph.D., William G. Austin, M.S., Ph.D.., Ph.D.; Summer Stephan, Esq., San Diego Co. District Attorney

alt Approved for 4.0 Hours of CE Credit

alt Fulfills License Requirements

alt High Resolution Online Streaming Video

 Lori Love Bill Austin Summer Stephan

Course Description

Intimate Partner Violence and Child Custody: Forensic Model, Social Science & Practical Application

A comprehensive overview and guide of how to approach the Intimate Partner Violence – Child Custody Case (IPV-CC) is presented. IPV is one of the complex and special issues that often confront custody evaluators. Professional guidelines (AFCC) call on evaluators to take a systematic approach to the complex problems in their implementation of forensic procedures for data collection, analysis, and offering expert opinions and recommendations. Forensic models and frameworks are described to assist in the systematic approach to IPV cases. Larger issues involved in child custody evaluations are discussed that pose challenges. Evaluators are encouraged to follow a mindful and outside thinking gestalt as they face dilemmas that require creativity in the implementation of their Forensic Trade Craft. Development of forensic IPV typologies are discussed. Advances in the development of IPV conceptualization have occurred in the context of family law-child custody. The Austin IPV models on IPV patterns and assessment of credibility are presented in the context of enhancing forensic investigation. The Austin & Drozd comprehensive forensic model is present as a social science-based framework to guide evaluators. The “Bench Book” version of the model for judges is discussed, including a rating checklist for considering the evaluator’s custody report. Principles of violence risk assessment are part of the integrated framework. The problem of IPV victims’ failure to disclose abuse is addressed. The quandary of conducting a parental gatekeeping analysis in IPV-CC cases is discussed with a description of the Austin et al forensic gatekeeping model. The need to modify the gatekeeping analysis for the IPV context is discussed. Inadequate and superficial IPV assessment is identified as a widespread problem that gave rise to creating the AFCC Guidelines. The severe form of IPV, Coercive Control, Intrusive-Authoritarian IPV (CCIA) is described along with coercive coparenting that often follows separation. Guidelines strongly suggest screening for IPV in every child custody evaluation. The Worst Case Scenario (WCS) issue is discussed with the “red flag” analysis that comes from the targeted violence literature. Implications of the IPV assessment for creating parenting plans and managing coercive coparenting is discussed. Case vignettes will be intermixed. Considering the implications of considering past IPV in Relocation cases will be discussed in the context of Austin’s relocation risk assessment model.


Course Goal and Objectives

 At the conclusion of this program:

  1. Describe Alternative Forensic Frameworks that take a systematic approach to investigating & assessing IPV in a custody dispute.
  2. Discuss the Complexities for assessing Credibility of IPV allegations
  3. Analyze the issues in considering IPV in making parenting plan recommendations.
  4. Identify the dynamics of coercive coparenting and its relevance for developing parenting plans.

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CE Approval Information

  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. This course is also approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for its licentiates' CE license renewal requirements.
  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 4.0 hours of CE credit for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.
  • The courses outlined in the agenda have been approved as corresponding to subject areas specified in California Rules of Court, rules 5.225, and 5.215/5.230. The views expressed in this training are those of the trainers and do not necessarily represent the official positions or policies of the Judicial Council of California.

Your access to the course material extends for 1-year from the date of purchase. This includes after passing the post-test, so you may continue to review its contents.

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