Forensic Assessment in Child Custody and Child Abuse Cases
Full course description
Forensic assessment in child custody and child abuse cases (CCA) is the most complex form of assessment a forensic psychologist can be asked to conduct. This type of assessment requires extensive knowledge of child development, child and adult psychopathology, family dynamics and the causes and consequences of trauma. During this course, students will be exposed to best-evidence standards for CCA and will examine real-life CCA forensic evaluations in light of these best-evidence standards and the latest empirical research.
- students are able to perform a Work Product Review on a forensic report in a child custody case;
- students are familiar with the Best Practice Guidelines in this domain of forensic psychological practice;
- students are able to judge which tools to use for a forensic evaluation in an alleged child abuse or child custody case.