AFCC Webinars

Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: Revising the Model Standards

June 17, 2020

Registration opens May 20, 2020


Conducting Child Custody Evaluations: Revising the Model Standards

The AFCC Task Force on revising the Model Standards of Practice on Child Custody Evaluation began its work in July 2019, aiming to address the issues that today’s family court professionals face. Can evaluations meet Model Standards criteria and remain affordable? What is the role of psychological testing? Are there other models of CCE that should be developed to increase their utility and access? This webinar will share with participants our progress on the revisions and offer an opportunity to provide feedback to the Task Force.

This webinar is eligible for up to one hour of continuing education for psychologists. AFCC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AFCC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Lawyers, judges, social workers, counselors, and other professionals seeking continuing education credits may use the AFCC Certificate of Attendance to verify attendance when applying to their state, provincial, or other regulatory or licensing agency. You must attend the live webinar to receive a certificate of attendance.

Member Registration: $15, Certificate of Attendance: $15
Non-Member Registration: $50, Certificate of Attendance: $20

Kathleen McNamara, PhD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has worked extensively with court-involved families for over 30 years. She provides Parental Responsibility Evaluations, Parenting Coordinator/Decision-Maker services, family therapy for high conflict families, and consultation services to attorneys. She teaches a High Conflict Co-Parenting class and provides Early Neutral Assessment (ENA). She was a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University before devoting herself to full-time practice. She serves on the Board of the Directors for AFCC and is on the Editorial Board of the Family Court Review. She is a member of the Colorado Psychological Association Ethics Committee and the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on Family Issues.

Arnold Shienvold, PhD is the managing partner of Riegler, Shienvold and Associates, a comprehensive psychological practice in Harrisburg, PA. He received his B.A. from Colgate University in 1972 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Alabama in 1976 and 1977, respectively. Dr. Shienvold has been in private practice since 1980. His practice centers around his expertise in the areas of child custody evaluation, family meditation, and psychotherapy. Dr. Shienvold has presented numerous lectures, seminars, and workshops in the past on custody issues and family mediation to the Dauphin, Cumberland and York County Bar Associations, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Pennsylvania Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, The Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Association for Conflict Resolution. He is past president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Academy of Family Mediators and the Association of Conflict Resolution. Dr. Shienvold was a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts' national task force to develop model standards for custody evaluators and on the task force that created supplemental guidelines for the assessment of Intimate Partner Violence. Dr. Shienvold was the recipient of the Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science and Profession of Psychology given by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.