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The Nature & Extent of Child Sexual Abuse for Custody Evaluators

alt Course: The Nature & Extent of Child Sexual Abuse for Custody Evaluators

alt Instructor: Michael L. Alvarez, M.S., LMFT

alt Approved for 2.5 Hours of CE Credit

alt Fulfills Requirements for Psycholgist, 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


Allegations of child sexual abuse (CSA), within the context of a custody evaluations, require evaluators to have special knowledge about CSA. This course is designed to educate existing and future California court-ordered child custody evaluators about The Nature and Extent of Child Sexual Abuse. This education and training is part of the required course work before appointment by a court to its custody panel, as required by the Judicial Council of California (California Rules of Court 5.225 (CRC)). This course is designed for clinicians, in all states, intent on broadening his or her knowledge about child custody subject matter.

The course material includes identifying factors constituting CSA (contact and non-contact), and to what extent it arises. The course focuses on the issues of social and family dynamics, ornamentation, objectification, grooming, pornography, and parental fitness. Suggested integrated approaches will be covered as will a clinical view about pedophilia.

Scaled psychometric instruments, such as the Static-99R and Acute 2007, that can predict the correlation between different sexual deviancy risk factors, are previewed.

Course Goal and Objectives

  • Explain the nature and the extent of CSA.
  • Explain the meaning of “ornamentation.”.
  • Describe three integrated approaches to child custody evaluations
  • Describe how pornography can equate to CSA.
  • Explain four major themes that suggest why CSA disclosure can be significantly compromised.
  • Identify three psychometric tests used as projective tools for evaluating sexual deviancy.
  • Identify five effects of CSA exhibited by children.


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CE Approval Information

This course fulfills 2.5 hours Continuing Education credit for licensed mental health professionals in most states.

  • The Steve Frankel Group, LLC (SFG) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 
  • SFG maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • The course content is also approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs because SFG is an approved provider by the APA. For non-California residents, most states accept SFG’s accreditation for Master Level clinicians. If you’re not certain about reciprocity, please check with your state's Licensing Board.
  • The course outline in the agenda for individually identified and referenced conference sessions has been approved as corresponding to subject areas specified variously in California Rules of Court, rule 5.225(d)(3)(4). 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.