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Circumventing Legal and Ethical Hazards When Counseling Parents in the Process of a Divorce

OnDemand Webinar (68 minutes)

Many social workers feel a sense of dread when they are asked by a parent or an attorney seeking support or testimony in what has become a high conflict marital dispute. The therapist may feel pressured to answer questions about what he or she believes is the child's best interest and address the parent's competency to parent. The request raises many questions about the therapist's role as a fact or expert witness. There are worries about ethical traps, confidentiality, and anxiety about having to appear in court and subjected to cross examination. This OnDemand Webinar is designed to address these and other issues to help the therapist feel more confident and prepared for contentious litigation.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to discuss ethical traps for the social worker.
  • You will be able to review custody evaluations.
  • You will be able to identify personality disorders.


Douglas Darnall, Ph.D., PsyCare, Inc.


Defining Best Interest of the Child

Preparing for Court

Ethical Traps for the Social Worker

Assessment Constructs

Custody Evaluations

Observational-Interactional Assessment

Parental Alienation/Estrangement/Hybrids

Personality Disorders

Physical, Sexual, and Psychological Abuse