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by Eric G. Mart
by Eric G. Mart

Issue Focused Forensic Child Custody Assessment

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• 2007  90pp paperback   ISBN: 9781568871110

"This is a very sophisticated, scholarly analysis of the complex and controversial task of conducting a reasonable child custody evaluation.  Dr. Mart provides an interesting review and analysis of the relevant scientific and legal literature and provides some useful practical suggestions for moving forward.  A must read for those interested or practicing in child custody evaluations. Dr. Mart's analysis is first rate.
     -William O'Donohue, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Nevada-Reno

"Dr. Mart offers a sound and clinically based approach to the area of Child Custody Evaluation.  As opposed to the maximalist, investigative, and legally driven comprehensive models, the issue focused forensic approach is a breath of fresh air."
     -Jon K. Amundson, PhD, Author of A Minimalist Approach to Child Custody Evaluation: Investigative vs. Clinical Emphasis in Child Custody Evaluation

Table of Contents
    The Tender Years Model
    The Least Detrimental Alternative Model
    The Primary Caretaker Model
    The Best Interests Standard
    Prevailing Methodologies, Instruments, and Techniques
    The Issue of Comprehensiveness: Can More Be Less?
    Three Models of Custody Assessment
    The Issue Focused Forensic Child Custody Assessment
    Overview of the Issue Focused Forensic Model
    Legal Custody
    Primary Physical Custody/Shared Custody
    Visitation/Custodial Time
    Special Needs Children
    Counseling for Family/Individual Counseling for Plaintiff/Defendant/Children
    Psychological Evaluations of Plaintiff/Defendant/Children
    Parenting Skills of Plaintiff/Defendant/Both Parties
    Appropriateness of the Home Environment of Plaintiff/Defendant/Both Parties
    Substance Abuse: Alcohol/Drugs/Both/Other
    Violence, Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, & Sexual Abuse of Children
    Supervision of Visitation Rights of Grandparents to Visit
    Influence of Companions of Either Party on the Children
    Maturity of Children Stating a Preference
    Travel Arrangements & Time, Place, & Manner of Exchange for Visits
    Assessment of Bond Between Child & Each Parent and/or Between Siblings
    Custody Evaluation Agreement
    Sample Confidential Psychological Report

CE Program

A supplemental 4-credit, 40 question continuing education program is available for this book.  To order the complete program (this book and CE test module, or test module alone if you already have access to this book), go to: Issue Focused Forensic Child Custody Assessment - CE Program (4 Credits)

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About the Author

Eric G. Mart, PhD, ABPP, is a forensic psychologist in private practice in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Boston, Massachusetts.  He is board certified in forensic psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology and has testified in court cases throughout the United States and Canada.  He is licensed in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont, and is the President of the New Hampshire Psychological Association.  Dr. Mart is an internationally known expert on Munchausen's syndrome by proxy and is the author of Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy Reconsidered and Getting Started in Forensic Psychology Practice: How to Create a Forensic Specialty in Your Mental Health Practice.  He has published a number of articles on issues related to forensic psychology, including Munchausen's syndrome by proxy, competency, personal injury, custody, and ethical issues.  He has appeared on 20/20, Court TV, BBC Radio, National Public Radio, and local TV news programs, and is a frequent speaker at programs designed for legal and psychological professionals.
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