Title: Child Custody Update: Special Circumstances1. Address religious differences in custodial determinations
C.E. Hours: 8
Media: Post-Test Only (Does not include the book.)
Judicial Council of California Approval: The course outline or agenda for this training has been APPROVED as corresponding to subject areas specified in California Rules of Court, rule 5.225(d)(1)-(21) and (i)(1)-(2). 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.
Synopsis: The emphasis of this course is on the special circumstances that are often the focus of a child custody evaluation in a divorcing family such as religious differences, move-away requests, nonresidential parent involvement, cultural concerns, sexual abuse allegations, child alienation, and domestic violence. This eight-hour distance learning self-study course is based on selected chapters (8-9, 11-15) of the book Conducting Scientifically Crafted Child Custody Evaluations (2nd Edition) by Jonathan W. Gould, Ph.D. which is a revised edition of the book on the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) suggested reading list for forensic psychologists. This is a follow-up to a prior update which focused on chapters 1-7 and 10 of the book. This course does not include a copy of the book so the course fee reflects this additional savings.
Options (Download or Mail): This specially-priced offer includes the post-test only. You must already have the book. After placing your order, please refer to the order details page that you receive for a link to download the 13-page packet that contains the directions, test questions, answer sheet, and course evaluation. However, if you prefer to receive a hard copy of the packet via mail, after adding the course to your shopping cart you can select the post-test by mail option for a $10 fee in addition to the flat fee shipping fee of $10. We will mail you the course packet via USPS Priority Mail. You will receive a separate email within 72 hours with a tracking number when your order is shipped.
Chapter 8: Special Circumstances
Chapter 9: Beyond The Court-Ordered Evaluation
Chapter 11: Custodial Determination
Chapter 12: Developing Parenting Plans
Chapter 13: Providing Testimony In Court
Chapters 14-15: Report Writing
After completing this course, you'll be better able to:
2. Examine gender issues in custodial determinations.
3. Develop a conceptual model for custodial assessment.
4. Create comprehensive parenting plans based on multiple variables.
5. Provide expert testimony.
6. Write organized and methodical child custody reports.
Author Profile: Jonathan W. Gould, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Diplomate in Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. His practice includes evaluation and consultation services to attorneys and courts in child custody matters and he conducts child custody evaluations as a court-appointed evaluator. He also provides review/critique services to attorneys interested in assessing the quality of psychological reports such as child custody assessments, parental competency evaluations, and other related evaluations. He has written five books, several book chapters, and several dozen peer-reviewed articles that emphasize psychological ethics, forensic methods and procedures, providing clinical treatment in a forensic context, assessment of complex issues in child custody evaluations such as alienation, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and child maltreatment. Included in his writings are topics such as relocation assessment in child custody matters, use of psychological tests in child custody matters, reliable methods for interviewing children, and parenting plans in custody decision making. His most recent books are Conducting Scientifically Crafted Child Custody Evaluations and The Art and Science of Child Custody Evaluations co-authored with David Martindale, PhD., ABPP. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Child Custody and a reviewer for other peer-reviewed journals and book publishers. He is on the faculty of the Houston Family Law Trial Institute at the South Texas College of Law. He also teaches and lectures to judges, attorneys, and mental health professionals about issues related to child custody evaluation.
Judicial Council of California Approval: The course outline or agenda for this training has been APPROVED as corresponding to subject
areas specified in California Rules of Court, rule 5.225(d)(1)-(21) and (i)(1)-(2). 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.