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Ackerman, Marc J. Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations, 3rd ed.

ACKERMAN, Marc J. Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations (Third Edition). New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2006. 385pp. $65.00 (h).

Clinician's Guide to Child Custody Evaluations addresses the entire custody evaluation process from beginning to end. The third edition reflects recent research in this area, including new evaluation and testing findings and new ethical guidelines from the APA. This edition also features up-to-date coverage of important legal decisions affecting child custody. With many chapters completely revised and rewritten, the third edition covers: roles the mental health practitioner can play and operate within the legal arena; what encompasses a custody evaluation; ethical considerations and responsibilities involved in custody disputes; how to interview, make behavioral observations, and collect collateral information; standards, applicability, and administration of tests; specialized child custody instruments such as the Ackerman-Schoendorf Scales for Parent Evaluation of Custody (ASPECT); how divorce affects families; evaluating parents' behavior; how to prepare for the courtroom process; maltreatment, including neglect, abuse, and domestic violence; placement schedules; and how to write reports, draw conclusions, and render opinions. Each chapter ends with critical issues for the practitioner to consider. The accessible reference format provides a quick review of relevant discussions in the text. In addition, this book includes convenient guides to relevant legal terms, document forms, APA guidelines, and codes of conduct.
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