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SECTION ONE: General Forensic Information

Who can conduct child custody evaluations and what is a custody evaluation?
A discussion concerning the mental health professionals who can conduct custody evaluations and an in-depth look at the “inside workings” of a custody evaluation.
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Who Can Use Psychological Tests?
A brief explanation of psychological tests, the standards which apply to them, and those who can legally administer them. [CLICK HERE TO READ and/or DOWNLOAD]

The Need to Maintain Test Security
The ethical and legal codes that apply to the administration of psychological tests and the need to maintain the privacy of the results. [CLICK HERE TO READ and/or DOWNLOAD]

Custody Evaluation Practices: A Survey of Experienced Professionals (Revisited)
An article exploring issues relating to child custody evaluations, expanding on a study done in 1986 by W.G. Keilin and L.J. Bloom. [CLICK HERE TO READ and/or DOWNLOAD]

Data-Based Tests in Custody Evaluations
How data-based tests that measure a child’s “unconscious” perceptions of each parent can circumvent obstacles that custody evaluators face while gathering useful data in evaluations.
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Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Family Law Proceedings
Family law proceedings encompass a broad range of issues, including custody, maintenance, support, valuation, visitation, relocation, and termination of parental rights. The following guidelines address what are commonly termed "child custody" evaluations, involving disputes over decision-making, caretaking, and access in the wake of marital or other relationship dissolution.
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What you should know about the Frye standard, the federal rules of evidence, and the Daubert criteria when you go to court. The admissibility of expert testimony, including testimony on science, by mental health professionals.
Any mental health professional who testifies in court will find helpful pointers in this paper. But it is also important that you, the mental health professional, request that your attorney read it. Many of the action steps required to make your testimony more effective will need to be initiated by your attorney.
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SECTION TWO: Specific Information About Child Custody Tests And Instruments

The Scientific Basis of Child Custody Decisions
A summary and discussion of many of the custody evaluation tests utilized by PACE members and other mental health professionals involved custody evaluations, including ACCESS, BPS, PORT, PASS, APSIP, and PPCP.
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The Perception of Relationships Test (PORT) and Bricklin Perceptual Scales (BPS), 1961-2002: Current and New Empirical Data on 3,880 Cases
An in-depth discussion which describes a 7-year project offering evidence-to-conclusion chains for both the BPS and PORT tests, which measure information about the comfort and efficiency with which a child and his or her caretakers exchange a wide variety of information within multiple family contexts.
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Can Child Custody Data Be Generated Scientifically? Part I
An article responding to the challenge of whether it is not only practically but even theoretically possible to create child custody data scientifically. [CLICK HERE TO READ and/or DOWNLOAD]

Perception-of-Relationships Test and Bricklin Perceptual Scales: Validity and Reliability Issues –
Part II

Continues the exploration of scientifically gathered child custody data, addressing specifically the desirability to distinguish errors of measurement from true changes in measured variables.
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Updated Normative, Reliability and Validity Data
The very latest information on BPS, PORT, PASS, PPCP, APSIP, and DI tests, including important clarifications and instructions on the proper use of the aforementioned instruments.
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BPS Computer Scoring Profile
A 7-page manual explaining how to interpret the data collected by the BPS Computer Scoring Profile, featuring charts, graphs, and illustrations. [CLICK HERE TO READ and/or DOWNLOAD]

PORT Computer Scoring Profile
A 6-page manual explaining how to interpret the data collected by the PORT Computer Scoring Profile, featuring charts, graphs, and illustrations. [CLICK HERE TO READ and/or DOWNLOAD]

DI Computer Scoring Profile
A 14-page manual explaining how to interpret the data collected by the BPS Computer Scoring Profile, featuring charts, graphs, and illustrations. [CLICK HERE TO READ and/or DOWNLOAD]

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Welcome to the Online Custody Newsletter. There are two features that make our Newsletter special. First, the tone is informal. We WANT contributions based on clinical experience (although we will accept data-based articles).

Second, we solicit input from members of all professions. This is why it is not mandatory that any specific References format be followed e.g., the bibliographic notation system of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, etc.

In general, we favor brief articles, contributions ranging from one-half of a typewritten page to about eight typewritten pages.

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The Custody Newsletter is edited by Dr. Barry Bricklin and Dr. Gail Elliot. It publishes articles on child custody issues by members of all professions.

PACE provides the Online Custody Newsletter as a public service. It can be reproduced as long as it is attributed and referenced.

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