High-conflict divorce (HCD) and child custody disputes continue to permeate society on many levels, affecting children, families, and adults in a profound manner. These clinical challenges often require counselors to provide court testimony, which is highly correlated with complicated clinical and ethical pitfalls and can lead to high potential for ethical complaints and legal vulnerabilities. This poster session will review original research examining the competency of counselors performing these roles.
Learn about the most common ethical complaints again mental health practitioners related to child custody and court testimony and provide suggestions for minimizing legal and ethical vulnerability in these clinical areas.
Learn the development and results of the study examining court testimony, competency, ethical complaints, and other variables between counselors and psychologists.
Learn recommendations for future research related to studying factors influencing levels of competency among counselors when providing testimony.
Assistant Professor, Wright State University,
Wright State University