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Custody Evaluations 101: Standards, Guidelines and Rules

alt Course: Custody Evaluations 101: Standards, Guidelines and Rules

alt Instructor: Lori A. Love, Ph.D.

alt Approved for 5.0 Hours of CE Credit

alt Fulfills Requirements for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and Licensed Professional Counselors.

alt This course is designed for Full and Part-Time Private Practitioners, and Full and Part-Time Agency Employees

alt High Resolution Online Streaming Video Format Available

Lori Love


This is the first of eight 5-hour courses that comprise the 40-hours of comprehensive training to become a custody evaluator in California.

Part 1 – Custody Evaluations 101:  Standards, Guidelines, and Rules; (5 hours)
This course shall provide participants with the information necessary to adhere to APA Standards, AFCC Guidelines, and the Rules of Court, 5.220.  The basics regarding how to proceed with an evaluation after receiving the Court Order of appointment and what to include in the report will be presented.  Participants should understand the process of conducting a forensic 730 child custody evaluation after watching this video.

  • Overview of Entire 8 Segment Course
  • Overview of This Segment
  • Disposition and Personality Style Needed
  • Definition of Roles and Multiple Relationships
  • 730 Quasi-Judicial Immunity
  • California Rules of Court 5.225 How to Meet the Requirement
  • APA Standards
  • APA Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Family Law Proceedings
  • AFCC Guidelines
  • Rules of Court 5.220
  • Court Forms, FL326, FL327, FL328
  • The Nature of a True Forensic Evaluation
  • The Basic Procedures
    • The Court Order
    • The Scope of the Evaluation
    • Paperwork
    • Scheduling Appointments
    • Clinical Interviews of Parents
    • Testing of Parents
    • Clinical Interviews of Children
    • Testing of Children
    • Observation/Transitions
    • Document Review
    • Collateral Contacts
    • Release of Report

Course Goal and Objectives

  • Recognize the differences between California Rules of Court 5.220 and 5.225.
  • Describe substantive differences between guidelines and standards that apply to custody evaluations. 
  • Apply the APA standards that control in child custody evaluations.
  • Analyze AFCC guidelines and demonstrate how they apply to custody evaluations.
  • Prepare and apply information and data to the California family law forms as required.
  • Summarize the process for getting started with a custody evaluation. 
  • Assess the background information and data required to perform custody evaluations. 


Registration Information

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CE Approval Information

This course fulfills 5.0 hours Continuing Education credit for licensed mental health professionals in most states.

  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. The Steve Frankel Group, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 5 hours of CE credit for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.
  • The course outline or agenda for this training has been approved as corresponding to subject areas specified in California Rules of Court, rules 5.215(j)(2) and 5.230 (d)(1)(A) and (d)(2). The views expressed in this training are those of the trainer 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.