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Integrating complexities of culture in Child Custody Evaluation

altCourse: Integrating complexities of culture in Child Custody EvaluationLori Love

altInstructor: Gitu Bhatia, Psy.D.

alt Approved for 4.0 Hour of CE Credit

altCE credit for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.

alt High Resolution Video


In teaching issues of multicultural sensitivity, it is often challenging to highlight the many layers and levels of the experience of ethnic others in the context of multitude of social systems. We are all limited, to a large extent, by the experiences of our lives and the people we encounter on a daily basis. We may never personally, or directly, experience the struggles of our clients, however, we can develop an increased level of understanding, empathy and compassion by examining the complexities of culture. In addition, evaluators need to understand the complexities of communicating with those who may come from other cultural backgrounds.

This course will focus on ways to assess the complexities of culture, recognize the differences in communication styles, and the importance of understanding the family in their cultural context when doing child custody evaluations.



At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the diversity within the American culture and be able to identify similarities and differences in world-views and communication patterns.
  • Identify and empathize with the socio-political aspects of racism, power and privilege and how these may impact issues of trust and mistrust and creating barriers to utilizing the mainstream services.
  • Compare appropriate resources and consultants available in the community.


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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 the content of this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 4.0 hours of CE credit for Psychologists, MFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs.
  • This course is approved by the Judicial Council of California, pursuant to California Rules of Court, rules 5.225(d)(1)-(3)(5)(17)(19)(20) 4.0 hours of initial or annual update training.
  • 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.