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Finding Fit in Dysfunctional Families

alt Course: Finding Fit in Dysfunctional Families: Conducting efficient, effective, empirically-sound and evidence-based child custody evaluations

alt Instructor: Benjamin D. Garber, Ph.D.

alt Approved for 6.0 Hours of CE Credit

alt Fulfills Requirements for Psycholgists, 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

benjamin garber

This presentation provides skilled mental health and family law professionals with the foundation necessary to understand the purpose and process associated with child-centered family evaluation, a.k.a., child custody evaluation. Dr. Garber’s emphasis throughout this training is on assessing the quality of the child’s “fit” within the changing and growing family system. Relevant best practice standards and guidelines are highlighted. Specific tools and methods are emphasized. Child interview techniques are reviewed. Video material illustrates parent-child structured (cooperative and competitive) observations. Dr. Garber’s Process-Oriented Observational Protocol (Family Court Review, 2016) is promoted as a means of decreasing the stress, time and cost of evaluation while increasing the depth and variety of data available to the evaluator.


Course Goal and Objectives

  • Become familiar with standards, guidelines and best practices associated with child custody evaluation.
  • Move beyond a pathology-based model of child custody to focus instead on the "fit" within the complex family system
  • Be able to implement a process-oriented observational protocol so as to reduce time and costs while improving the breadth and depth of data obtained.
  • Be prepared to implement the Query Grid interview tool with children
  • Tune up the parent-child observational protocol included in every child custody evaluation to include free play, cooperative and competitive tasks
  • Improve the quality and broaden the scope of child interview methods.


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CE Approval Information

This course fulfills 6.0 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 6 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, rules5.225(d)(1), 5.225(d)(2) and 5.225(d)(3). [continue, as below, with the last sentence]: 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.