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Advanced Issues in Child Custody and Parenting Evaluations with Philip Stahl, Ph.D., ABPP

Length: 6 hours 23 minutes

CE Credits: 6.25

This advanced, 6-hour workshop focuses on four common areas for evaluation and assessment in matters of child custody: high conflict families without dynamics of domestic violence, child alienation, domestic violence, and relocation. This workshop utilizes a combination of didactic teaching about the latest research in these areas, case exploration to discuss options regarding outcomes, and a suggested style of evaluating these cases and providing helpful information to the court. Finally, this workshop will highlight challenging ethical and practice dilemmas and identify common problems seen in child custody work.

Psychologists attending the workshop will be able to:

- describe critical differences between high conflict families and those with dynamics of domestic violence

- describe the impact of high parental conflict on children’s adjustment to divorce, and the critical variables to consider when making parenting and decision-making recommendations

- describe the risks of child alienation in high conflict families and the forces that contribute to that risk

- utilize research regarding domestic violence when undertaking parenting evaluations with allegations of domestic violence

- utilize research regarding domestic violence when making parenting time and decision-making recommendations in cases involving families with domestic violence dynamics

- describe differences between standard custody evaluations and those involving questions of parental relocation

- describe how international relocation cases can be affected by the Grave Risk of Harm exception with the Hague Convention on Abducted Children.


Philip Stahl, Ph.D., ABPP, is a board certified forensic psychologist in private practice in Maricopa County, Arizona whose work focuses on child custody matters.  Dr. Stahl is licensed in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Michigan, and has held temporary licensure in many other states. A frequent speaker, he has conducted workshops and trainings for judges, attorneys, child custody evaluators, and others working with high-conflict families of divorce. He is on the faculty of the National Judicial College and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.