Custody Evaluation Home Seminar Course



A Totally Integrated Start-to-Finish Training, (16 CE Credits), Guiding the Evaluator From the Very First Contacts With Attorneys or Parents Right on Through to a Possible Courtroom Presentation.


At the completion of this course, you will receive full certification of your training and supervision qualifying you to conduct comprehensive Custody Evaluations.

Dr. Barry Bricklin and Dr. Gail Elliot have spent more than 25 years perfecting and fine-tuning their seminar on conducting comprehensive Custody Evaluations. Their Home Study Course includes everything they have learned over these 25 years.

This is something they have wanted to offer for a long time. Now you can take this home-training (the equivalent of their 2-1/2 day Seminar) at your convenience and avoid the time commitments and travel costs of an on-site seminar. You will still get all of the important benefits of an on-site Seminar:

  • You can contact (by email or phone) Drs. Bricklin and Elliot with questions at any point while you are completing the Home Study Course.
  • You will receive a full year of free supervision of your Custody Evaluation cases.
  • You will have free access to Drs. Bricklin and Elliot for consultations for a full year.
  • You will receive helpful and important free supplementary materials, for example, our research on the complex issue of splitting up siblings.
  • You will also receive a list of FAQ’ s from former Seminar attendees and Home Study students.
  • Real-time Conference calls may be arranged for one or more interested students in order to share ideas, network and discuss important issues.

PRESENTERS: Barry Bricklin, Ph.D. and Gail Elliot, Ph.D.

Dr. Bricklin is a psychologist in private practice. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Widener University and has previously served on the faculty of Jefferson University and Hahnneman University. He has served as a consultant in psychology to the Walter Reed Army Hospital Research Center, to the United States Army, to the New York Academy of Medicine, and to the Columbia Broadcasting System.

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. Gail Elliot is Head, Child Development and Family Processes Research, Bricklin Associates, the Vice Chair of the Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators and a psychologist in private practice. She has served as a consultant to public and private schools and coordinated multidisciplinary treatment plans. She was responsible for devising for Bricklin Associates an information-processing oriented educational therapy technique and a comprehensive college entrance service for children with serious motivational problems and low self-esteem problems. She also provides psychological services in long-term care and rehabilitation facilities.

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).

Part One

  • 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

Part Two

  • 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 child care 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.

Part Three

  • 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.

This course features extensive handouts (over 300 pages) and samples of actual test instruments to work with during the course.

Custody Evaluation Home Seminar Course

Contains: The equivalent of the 2-1/2 day onsite seminar, “How To Conduct A Comprehensive Custody Evaluation.” Offers 16 Continuing Education Credits. Over 300 pages of material, including samples of actual tests. Includes Authors Email & Contact Numbers.

Custody Evaluation Home Seminar Course Price: $395