In Child Custody, Dr. G. Andrew H. Benjamin demonstrates part of a five-phase approach to family law evaluation in child custody cases. A great percentage of ethical complaints filed against psychologists are connected to child custody litigation. However, by following a careful protocol in working with these cases, psychologists can avoid these complaints and play a valuable role in helping the children involved.
The five-phase protocol outlined in this DVD (and discussed in full in Family Evaluation in Custody Litigation: Reducing Risks of Ethical Infractions and Malpractice, by Benjamin & Gollan, 2003; published by APA) provides a clear, scripted sequence of steps that allows psychologists, in conjunction with attorneys, to help resolve child custody cases before they go to trial.
In this session, Dr. Benjamin demonstrates the fifth phase of the process, the closing interview. Dr. Benjamin interviews a father who is accused of abusing his daughter and presents the client with the facts of the case so that he understands the evidence that the evaluation has produced.
This DVD features a client portrayed by an actor on the basis of a composite of several actual cases. The case evaluation report is published in Family Evaluation in Custody Litigation: Reducing Risks of Ethical Infractions and Malpractice.