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Child Custody Update: Consulting, Testifying, Ethics - 8 C.E. Hours - TEST ONLY
Child Custody Update: Consulting, Testifying, Ethics - 8 C.E. Hours - TEST ONLY
  • Authors: Robert A. Simon, Ph.D. and Phillip M. Stahl, Ph.D., ABPP
  • Media: Book or Kindle
  • C.E. Hours: 8
  • California Rules of Court Subtopics: 5.225(d)(1)-(21)
Price: $299.00

Product Code: HS-CC18RS

NOTE: This book is out of print pending the release of the Second Edition of the book. The book can be purchased separately from Amazon (using the link at the bottom of this page) as a Kindle Edition (for about $60), used book (for about $180), or new book (for about $290). Accordingly, the price of this course is for the post-test only that will be delivered via e-mail with the upside being that no sales tax will be applied and no shipping will be charged for this item.

Child Custody Update: Consulting, Testifying, Ethics

C.E. Hours: 8 C.E. hours for psychologists, LMFTs, and LCSWs.

Psycho-Legal Associates, Inc. is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. Psycho-Legal Associates, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Each course meets the qualifications for the stated number of hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

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Synopsis: This eight-hour intermediate self-study course is based on the book Child Custody Litigation: A Handbook for Work Product Review, Case Preparation, and Expert Testimony by Robert A. Simon, Ph.D. and Phillip M. Stahl, Ph.D., ABPP.

About The Book:
The first comprehensive examination of the increasingly important role of forensic psychologists in consulting and expert witness testimony in child custody litigation, this book offers practical advice on understanding the critical psychological dynamics often found in child custody cases as well as guidance in using your own forensic consultant and testifying expert in complex litigation. Authors Robert A. Simon and Philip M. Stahl are experienced forensic psychology consultants with a combined 50 years of experience, making them uniquely positioned to explain the process and roles of reviewers, consultants, and expert witnesses in contested custody cases. Throughout the book, they use case examples where critical issues such as the developmental need of children, relocation, domestic violence, and the alienated child are involved, providing a logical process to help you critique the evaluation reports of others and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your report.

Ethics Course Bonus: This course is designed to satisfy the California Board of Psychology requirement that all psychologists complete laws and ethics training each licensing cycle, and the Board of Behavioral Science rule that all LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs and LMFTs complete six hours of law and ethics training with each renewal.


-The Role of Forensic Psychology Consultants

-Forensic Approach Versus Clinical Approach

-Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychology Consultation

-Bias: Critical Elements to Consider in Forensic Consulting and Expert Testifying

-Forensic, Clinical, And Consulting Roles for Mental Health Professionals

-Issues in Psychological Testing in Child Custody Litigation

-Child Custody Evaluations: Elements and Critique

-Evidentiary Standards for Expert Testimony

-Development of the Case Theory

-Questions for Direct Examination and Cross-Examination

-Other Mental Health Roles: Opportunities and Challenges

-Attorney-Mental Health Professional Relationships

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, you should be better able to:

1. Explain the critical differences between the forensic mental health professional and the clinical mental health professional.

2. Critique the written evaluation of the court-appointed custody evaluator.

3. Identify potential evaluator biases interfering with a forensic report.

4. Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your own custody evaluations.

5. List three critical psychological dynamics often found in child custody cases.

6. Select at least one alternative to the traditional best interest standard.

7. Describe the evidentiary standard for expert testimony.

8. Compile a list of 10 typical direct examination questions that a child custody expert can expect when testifying in court.

Author Profiles:

Robert A. Simon, Ph.D. is a nationally recognized expert in forensic psychology consulting. Based in California, Simon consults with attorneys on child custody cases and provides expert witness testimony throughout the United States. In addition to his consulting work, Simon continues to provide child custody evaluations and child custody mediation. Active in the area of teaching and training, he frequently presents at professional trainings and conferences nationally and internationally for organizations such as the AFCC, the American Bar Association, the American Psychological Association, the California Bar Association, and the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights. He has served as a trainer and faculty member in the area of trial skills and trial advocacy for organizations including the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the San Diego County Bar Association Family Law College of Trial Advocacy, and the North- ern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Trial Advocacy Institute. Known for his enthusiasm, commitment, insight, verbal communication skills, and passion for the well-being of children, Simon currently serves on the editorial board of Family Court Review, the AFCC’s quarterly journal, and is a monthly contributor to the Section of Family Law newsletter published by the American Bar Association. In addition to his expertise in the area of child custody, Simon is an ethicist in the area of professional psychology, serving on the Ethics Committee of the California Psychological Association. He also provides ethics consultation to colleagues through his practice.

Philip M. Stahl, Ph.D., ABPP (Forensic) is a board-certified forensic psychologist in private practice in Arizona who conducts child custody evaluations and provides consultation and expert witness testimony throughout the United States. He has conducted trainings both nationally and internationally for attorneys, child custody evaluators, and others working with high-conflict families of divorce and has presented workshops for judges throughout the country. In addition to being on the faculty of the National Judicial College and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, he has cowritten and taught a program for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy titled Modern Divorce Advocacy. Along with his teaching, Stahl has written extensively on various issues in high-conflict divorce and custody evaluations. He is the author of several books and articles associated with custody evaluations and high-conflict parents, including Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: From Basic to Advanced Issues (Sage Publications 2010), Parenting After Divorce (Impact Publishers, 2d ed. 2008), and Emerging Issues in Relocation Cases (Journal of the Am. Acad. of Matrimonial Law (2013)), and is the coeditor of Relocation Issues in Child Custody Cases (Haworth Press 2006). As a former board member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), he was on the task force that drafted the AFCC’s original Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation as well as the revision in 2006. He was a member of the American Bar Association Wingspread Task Force on High Conflict Families in 2000 and participated in drafting the AFCC’s Parenting Coordination Task Force report, Parenting Coordination: Implementation Issues (2003). He testified by invitation before the Ohio Task Force on Family Law and Children and a New York State commission regarding child custody evaluations and was appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court to participate in the revisions to Planning for Parenting Time: A Guide for Separating Parents (2009). Stahl is on the editorial review board of Family Court Review (the AFCC’s quarterly journal) and Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology. The California Supreme Court cited his child custody evaluation in its recent landmark decision In re Marriage of LaMusga, 88 P.3d 81 (Cal. 2004), modifying eight years of relocation case law following In re Marriage of Burgess, 913 P.2 473 (Cal. 1996).

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