Child Custody Evaluations and Facilitations: What Can a Forensic Psychologist Do? PART II
When, in working with a divorcing family, do I prefer to evaluate and when do I facilitate, and how do I deal with some issues in evaluations, such as addressing the factors in the Child Custody Act? What does a forensic psychologist do, and what can we do?
PART II: THE PSYCHOLOGIST’S ROLE IN ADDRESSING THE CHILD CUSTODY ACT
SMILE (Start Making It Livable for Everyone) Presentation
This is the text of a presentation I do regularly for the SMILE (Start Making It Livable for Everyone) program of the Oakland County Circuit Court. It is based upon the SMILE Handbook and was adapted from a presentation by my colleague, Janice Tracht.
Every time I see the SMILE video I learn something, just by listening to the kids in the video. The kids in the video are like your kids, and like the more than 1000 kids I have seen who were going through a divorce or had recently been through one. What I hear is:
1. Confusion and uncertainty: there is a lot they don’t understand (or didn’t understand at the time of the divorce) and a lot of changes that, from their perspective, are not necessarily in their interest, right now.