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Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: From Basic to Complex Issues [Paperback]

Philip M. Stahl
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August 12, 2010 1412974348 978-1412974349 1
Covering the mental health expert's many roles as therapist, mediator, evaluator, consultant to attorneys, expert witness, and more, Philip M. Stahl's Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: From Basic to Complex Issues addresses key topics such as the best interests of the child, custody and time share, divorce and its impact on children, and children's developmental needs. From tackling the terror of testifying to critiquing your own child custody evaluations and avoiding bias inherent in this work, this practical and easy-to-read book offers comprehensive coverage vital to practitioners in this field.

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About the Author

Philip Stahl, PhD, ABPP (Forensic), is a psychologist in private practice that conducts child custody evaluations and provides expert witness testimony. He is a provider of continuing education for psychologists and other mental health providers, and attorneys and Family Law Specialists in California. He has conducted trainings throughout the United States and internationally for child custody evaluators and others working with high-conflict families of divorce. He has presented workshops for judges throughout the country and is on the faculty of National Judicial College and is a frequent presenter at programs of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

As a Board member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, he was on the task force that drafted AFCC’s “Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation”. He was a member of the American Bar Association Wingspread Task Force on High Conflict Families. Dr. Stahl is on the Editorial Review Board of AFCC’s journal, Family Court Review and the Journal of Child Custody. Along with his teaching, Dr. Stahl has written extensively on various issues in high-conflict divorce and custody evaluations. His previous books have been Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: A Comprehensive Guide, Complex Issues in Custody Evaluations, and Parenting After Divorce, 2nd Edition, and he is the co-editor of Relocation Issues in Child Custody Cases. His child custody evaluation was cited by the California Supreme Court in its landmark decision modifying 8 years of relocation case law in 1994 (In re Marriage of LaMusga 32 Cal.4th 1072, 12 Cal.Rptr.3d 356, 88 P.3d 81). Most recently, Dr. Stahl was on the workgroup appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court that re-wrote Arizona’s “Planning for Parenting Time” (2010).

When he has free time, Dr. Stahl enjoys traveling, playing golf, and relaxing with family and friends.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (August 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412974348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412974349
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.9 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Stahl, PhD, ABPP (Forensic), is a psychologist in private practice that conducts child custody evaluations and provides expert witness testimony. He is a provider of continuing education for psychologists and other mental health providers, and attorneys and Family Law Specialists in California. He has conducted trainings throughout the United States and internationally for child custody evaluators and others working with high-conflict families of divorce. He has presented workshops for judges throughout the country and is on the faculty of National Judicial College and is a frequent presenter at programs of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Substantial Contribution October 30, 2010
By RASimon
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Dr. Stahl's new book represents a significant contribution to the literature in the area of conducting professional, useful and ethical child custody evaluations. I found this book well written, easy to read/follow and organized in a manner which makes it highly useful. Dr. Stahl's book is, in my view, an essential part of any professional library if that professional is involved directly or indirectly in the work that is related to conducting or using child custody evaluations. For those familiar with Dr. Stahl's previous books on this topic, you'll not that this new book is a substantial revision of his previous volumes and one which encompasses up to date research in the field. I would note that this book combines the discussion of the fundamentals of child custody evaluations with a discussion of some of the more challenging and complicated issues that must be assessed in child custody evaluations. Because this book is written in a straightforward manner, it is useful to experienced professionals, those new to the field and even to lay individuals involved in child custody litigation. As an experienced child custody evaluator myself and one familiar with other books on similar topics, there is no doubt that Dr. Stahl's new volume must rightly take its place as a seminal book in this complex area. If you don't own this book, buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By June
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This updated version contains a well-organized wealth of information, not just about how to conduct custody evaluations in the most balanced, forensically defensible manner, but also about several issues that might arise in special circumstances such as domestic violence, relocation, parental alienation syndrome, etc. The author's experience in dealing with such cases comes across clearly. One small drawback though is that in the earlier version, the author had included two sample reports which I thought would be very helpful to readers; in the current version, he presents a smaller, selected section of a report, which is still useful, though I would have liked to see more of it. Overall, as a practising clinician and forensic psychologist, I would highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource April 17, 2014
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I have found this to be enormously helpful in my clinical work. Lots of practical examples and things to avoid. Paired with training and consultation, I highly recommend this to anyone undertaking custody evaluations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for child custody litigants January 23, 2014
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I assign to every one of my child custody clients several thorough readings of this book. Dr. Stahl has written a comprehensive description of child custody evaluations, and he's one of the foremost trainers of California custody evaluators, so his protocol for conducting evaluations is followed by most (if not all) of the evaluators working in my cases. Though this volume was intended to be a textbook for evaluators, it's quite accessible and informative for parents going through their own evaluations.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Phil Stahl's new book, Conducting Child Custody Evaluations, from Basic to Complex Issues, Sage Publications, 2011, is a necessary and fantastic addition to the library of all custody evaluators. He synthesizes very complex information into understandable, readable and interesting text. This book should become the "go to" book for all custody evaluators, both beginners looking for a guide, and for experienced evaluators needing a refresher or a reference. I have his two other professional books, but like this one the best.
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