Counseling in the Family Law System

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Counseling in the Family Law System

SKU# 9780826198297

A Professional Counselor's Guide

Author: Virginia Allen EdD

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This practical career guide is the first book written specifically for professional counselors on how to provide services to the family court system, a growing and lucrative field of practice. Written by a professional counselor with over 20 years of experience, it discusses the roles of counselors in family court and provides step-by-step guidelines on how to expand one's counseling practice to include family forensic services. It describes how to enter the field, build a successful practice, and how to work effectively with attorneys and judges as well as parents and children.

The book provides specific guidelines and examples of how to communicate effectively with attorneys, conduct interviews with parents and children, make recommendations for custody and visitation, write reports, and successfully testify in court. Content builds on the background and expertise already possessed by the professional counselor, and describes the advantages that counselors haveóand challenges they must often overcomeóin successfully practicing in the family law system. Included is a wealth of relevant information about the court system, definitions of legal terms, standards of practice required by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), training and licensing requirements for evaluators and mediators, scope of practice, and ethical concerns. The book also includes forms for taking interview notes, templates for writing reports, examples of actual reports, sample visitation schedules, and case studies.

Key Features:

  • Written specifically for counselors, by an experienced counselor
  • Offers a practical, step-by-step approach for counselors with little legal background
  • Describes how to communicate with attorneys and conduct interviews with parents and children, including dos and don'ts
  • Includes templates for conducting interviews, writing reports, visitation/parenting plans, sample reports, and case examples
  • Examines myths and misunderstandings regarding forensic family practice

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 05, 2014
  • Page Count 230
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826198297
  • EISBN 9780826198358

Table of Contents 

CONTENTS

Foreword by Thomas Dial, JD

Acknowledgements

PART I: Foundations of Forensic Counseling and the Family Law System

CHAPTER ONE: WHAT IS FORENSIC COUNSELING?...........................................................1

CHAPTER TWO: DEFINITIONS OF LEGAL TERMS

AND JOB DESCRIPTIONS……………………………………………………………….……10

CHAPTER THREE: MYTHS AND TRUTHS ABOUT WORKING IN

THE FAMILY COURTS……………………………………………………………………….….32

CHAPTER FOUR: SCOPE OF PRACTICE FOR CUSTODY

EVALUATORS, MEDIATORS AND CASE MANAGERS………………………….…..52

CHAPTER FIVE: ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR CUSTODY

EVALUATORS, MEDIATORS AND CASE MANAGERS………………………….……68

PART II: Basics of Counseling Practice in Family Law

CHAPTER SIX: INTERVIEWING BASICS………………………………………………………………………….….78

CHAPTER SEVEN: WRITING THE REPORT……………………………………………………………………….107

CHAPTER EIGHT: SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES CASES……………………………………………………….134

CHAPTER NINE: WORKING THROUGH A CASE……………………………………………………………….187

CHAPTER TEN: COURT TESTIMONY: PREPARATION AND APPEARANCE…………………………262

CHAPTER ELEVEN: FINAL THOUGHTS……………………………………………………………………………..282

BIBLIOGRAPHY……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….291

INDEX……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..295