Custody Evaluations 101: Forms, Procedures and Reports
Course: Custody Evaluations 101: Forms, Procedures and Reports
Instructor: Lori A. Love, Ph.D.
Approved for 5.0 Hours of CE Credit
Fulfills Requirements for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and Licensed Professional Counselors.
This course is designed for Full and Part-Time Private Practitioners, and Full and Part-Time Agency Employees
High Resolution Online Streaming Video Format Available
This is the second of eight 5-hour courses that comprise the 40-hours of comprehensive training to become a custody evaluator in California.
Part 2 – Custody Evaluations 101: Forms, Procedures and Reports (5 hours)
This course shall provide participants with the forms necessary to adhere to APA Standards, AFCC Guidelines, and the California Rules of Court, 5.220. The course will assist the participant in setting up their forms and office procedures. The basic evaluation shell for a report will be shared. The course will address the different forms of bias.
Participants will partake in exercises to assist in understanding their personal biases and how these biases might impact the evaluation. The debate regarding whether or not to administer psychological testing will be discussed. How to procure collateral contacts and how to protect yourself from misunderstandings regarding confidentiality for those collateral contacts will be discussed.
The debate regarding whether or not to provide a diagnosis and under what circumstances it would be appropriate will be discussed. The special considerations and procedures necessary to interface with “pro per” or unrepresented clients will be addressed. Participants will be assisted in setting up their own checklist to insure all critical issues are addressed.
- Forms and Consent
- The Evaluation Shell/ Report Layout
- Parent Interviews
- Clinical Interviews
- Length of Report
- Psychological Testing- The Debate
- Specific Psychological Tests
- The Diagnoses- The Debate
- Identification of and Addressing Biases
- Bias Exercises- The Drawbridge
- Collateral Contacts & Consent
- Document Submission
- Length of Report
Course Goal and Objectives
- Apply APA Standards, AFCC Guidelines, and the Rules of Court, 5.220.
- Demonstrate the utilization of Judicial Council of California (JCC) forms and office procedures.
- Deign the basic evaluation shell for a report.
- Describe the different forms of bias.
- Observe and understand one’s own biases and how they can impact the evaluation results.
- Summarize the debate regarding whether or not to administer psychological testing.
- Describe how to procure collateral contacts and protect themselves from misunderstandings regarding confidentiality for those collateral contacts.
- Discuss the pros and cons of whether or not to provide a diagnosis and under what circumstances it would be appropriate.
- Critique the special considerations and procedures necessary to interface with “pro per” or unrepresented clients.
Your access to the course material extends for 3-years from the date of purchase. This includes after passing the post-test, so you may continue to review its contents.