Next on-site Seminar to be announced… The Custody Evaluation Home Study Course Available Oct 17th, 2014
HOW TO CONDUCT A COMPREHENSIVE CUSTODY EVALUATION
A Totally Integrated Start-to-Finish 2 Day Training, (14 CE Credits), Guiding the Evaluator From the Very First Contacts With Attorneys or Parents Right on Through to a Possible Courtroom Presentation
Attendance is limited.
The number of attendees at this seminar is intentionally kept to a minimum. It is the goal of Dr. Bricklin and Dr. Elliot that each attendee, after completing the seminar, should be able to conduct a comprehensive custody evaluation.
Dr. Bricklin and Dr. Elliot are happy to review your initial completed evaluation and help you with comments.
PRESENTERS: Barry Bricklin, Ph.D. and Gail Elliot, Ph.D.
He is past president of the Philadelphia Society for Personality Assessment and the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists. He has authored books and articles on prognosis in schizophrenia, marital compatibility, epilepsy, the psychology of affiliation, predicting violence and aggression, diet techniques, role-play techniques, hypnosis in surgery, the intercultural use of the Rorschach test, and, of course, custody evaluations.
Among the results of his cooperative ventures with his wife Dr. Patricia M. Bricklin are numerous articles and three books. Two of their books have been best sellers, Bright Child-Poor Grades: The Psychology of Underachievement, and Strong Family-Strong Child.
Dr. Bricklin created the original scoring system for the Hand Test, and co-authored, with Dr. Zygmunt A. Piotrowski, several articles on prognostic criteria for persons suffering from schizophrenia.
For over 25 years, Dr. Bricklin has developed various data-based approaches to the decisions which must be made when parents divorce. He is the author of The Custody Evaluation Handbook published by Brunner/Mazel. One of his tests, the Bricklin Perceptual Scales (BPS), is the most-used custody evaluation test for children.
Dr. Bricklin is presently Chair of the Executive Operating Committee of the Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators (PACE).
Dr. Elliot authored a chapter on post-divorce research for The Custody Evaluation Handbook (Brunner/Mazel) and co-authored Parent Perception of Child Profile (PPCP), a widely used custody evaluation instrument. She was responsible for much of the research behind the Bricklin custody instruments, and is co-author with Dr. Bricklin of ACCESS (A Comprehensive Custody Evaluation Standard System) a start-to-finish procedure for conducting a comprehensive custody evaluation. In late 1997 Dr. Elliot co-authored, with Dr. Bricklin, The Forensic Home-Visit Kit and authored another custody evaluation instrument, the Assessment of Parenting Skills: Infant and Preschooler (APSIP).
- Your initial entry into a custody case: legal and ethical issues in dealing with parents and attorneys.
- How to choose and develop the various roles you can play in a custody case.
- Setting up the evaluation. The use of a detailed model contract to aid in: understanding and adhering to ethical, statutory and case-law criteria; handling complex confidentiality issues; scheduling scientifically defensible observation scenarios; guiding the collection of home-study, documentary, and collateral-informant data; protecting the current and future use of all of your data.
- How to identify relevant social science research and make sure it is used effectively where it really counts.
- How the legal criteria typically play out in real-life courtroom settings.
- How to differentiate measurements and issues relevant to legal custody as contrasted to those pertinent to physical custody.
- The forty-one essential Critical Targets of a comprehensive evaluation.
- How to think about and measure the impact of a parent’s range of personality styles on a given child at a particular time in that child’s development.
- How to overcome the limitations in interview and observation data.
- The appropriate use of traditional psychological tests and the use of specialized, data-based, custody-relevant tests (the BPS and the PORT).
- Case examples
- How to plan and carry out observation sessions that are (1) scientifically defensible (2) exhaustive with respect to the issues they must address; (3) able to red-flag parental behavior that is manipulative and/or intimidating; (4) able to detect verbal and non-verbal behavior of the child that is not based on that child’s actual interactions with a parent but rather on manipulative and/or intimidating behavior by the parent(s).
- How to gather information that directly assesses a parent’s childcare skills.
- How to gather information that reflects a parent’s detailed knowledge of each child in custody-relevant areas (e.g., knowledge of a child’s developmental, interpersonal, emotional, educational, and medical needs as well as the ways in which a child best processes information.
- How to optimize the amount of information that can be gleaned from a home-visit (or home-study), including safety issues, life-style issues as well as complex issues like relocation (or “move away” cases).
- How to understand and articulate to a legal decision-maker, both formal and informal models with which the large amounts of data collected can be prioritized.
- Case examples.
- How to decide the format to use in writing your report (Is your purpose therapeutic? Designed to encourage mediation? Part of a bitter adversary battle?)
- A beginning-to-end listing of the real-life sequence of steps involved in planning and achieving a comprehensive evaluation.
- Recognizing the particularly complex or controversial dual relationship issues.
- Effective and ineffective ways to deal with subpoenas, depositions, and test-security issues.
- How to recognize cross-examination strategies that are particularly dangerous.
- How to recognize situations in which your data are likely to radically shift within either short-term or long-term time intervals i.e., learn to differentiate between possible test-retest changes that are due to errors of measurement as opposed to changes due to actual shifts in the variables measured.
- The single best way to get new referrals.
- How to set fees and collect them.
- NEW! All about PARENTING COORDINATORS.
A NOTE FROM DR. BRICKLIN:
While Day Three (Sunday, October 20th) is optional and free-of-charge, the PACE Staff urges you to attend.
In addition to our “Comfort-in-Court” presentation, the “Expanding Your Practice” section now includes detailed and practical information on a skill-set geared to a nationwide, hugely in-demand forensic need, PARENTING COORDINATOR.
Parenting Coordinators nowadays are routinely called for in high-conflict divorce cases. These cases typically feature PARENTAL ALIENATION (in its countless forms), the operation of which results in serious child psychopathology.
High conflict cases also feature parents who can never agree about anything, which ends up precluding the choice of joint custody for the children.
Based on 18 years of experience in this area, Doctors Bricklin and Elliot, will present all of the main issues that come up in high-conflict cases, as well as the tools and techniques they have found to be critically important in dealing with them.