Topic: Family Court/Forensic Mental Health WorkPresenter: Jack D. Love and Diane WasznickyDate: Friday, September 7, 2018Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PMLocation: Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 (map)
Doors Open at 9:00AMNetworking starts at 9:00 AM
This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees since the clinician may be called upon to defend his or her recommendation, court-involved therapy and child custody forensic work requires consistent attention to legal, ethical, and clinical boundaries and considerations. In addition to discussion of the various aspects of including a family court/forensic specialization in your practice, this presentation will discuss in some detail the additional training necessary, and where to find it. Although this training is specialized, it also typically meets standards necessary for clinical licensure.
Child custody legal forensic work includes court-involved therapy, mediation and custody evaluation. This work is an important, interesting, and fulfilling opportunity for licensed mental health professionals to expand their private practice and their earning ability. Mental health professionals often serve as “the voice of the child” in family law proceedings. This area of practice is an important way to help families and children in crisis by providing the court with accurate and helpful information on which to base decisions. Helping families navigate custody arrangements and finding solutions to meet the child's needs can be rewarding both professionally and financially. Because there is currently a shortage of trained professionals providing these specialized services, the Sacramento Valley Child Custody Mediators and Evaluators Group and the Sacramento County Bar Association Family Law Section have collaborated to design this presentation to help interested mental health professionals learn more about the intersection of family law and behavioral health, and about ways to effectively include this area of specialization in your practice.
Information about professional training requirements and where to find it.
An overview of the court process relating to child custody.
Discussion about other opportunities for mental health professionals to help families during their involvement in the family court system.
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