A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the February 2015 webcast, Advanced GAL Topics: What Every GAL Needs to Know to Be an Effective Advocate for Children in Families Facing Special Circumstances.
GAL Continuing Credits: 3.0
Note: Your GAL certificate may be found at the front of your written materials.
This CLE will assist all GALs in understanding some of the more complex issues that arise in custody cases.
Preeminent psychologist Dr. Robert Archer will help GALs and attorneys understand the various forms of court-related mental health evaluations, as well as ethical issues related to evaluations, and will shed light on the most common types of errors found in interpreting psychological evaluation data. He will also explain how information from psychological evaluations can best be used in providing useful information to the court.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist Dr. Richard Ellis will explain how GALs can best serve children with special needs, and how to relate to the parents of special needs children to better understand the issues specific to their cases.
Representatives of DHS, CPS, and CASA will present their perspectives to attorneys and GALs regarding how best to work with agency personnel and volunteers.
This program also includes a stellar panel comprising of Juvenile Court and Circuit Court judges who will answer attorney questions about how GALs can best assist the court in reaching a decision that is truly in the best interests of the child. The judges selected for the panel all have extensive experience in both the Juvenile and Circuit Courts, and each will provide practice tips as well as policy information useful to even the most seasoned domestic relations attorneys and GALs.
Representing Children with Special Needs
Clinical psychologist and Autism Spectrum Disorder Expert Rick Ellis will provide practical advice for interviewing children with special needs as well as how to relate to their parents. Dr. Ellis will also explain how to interpret an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to better understand the child’s cognitive development and make more helpful recommendations to the Court. Dr. C. Rick Ellis
GAL Cases Involving Mental Health Issues and Custody Evaluations
During this segment, Dr. Archer will discuss the various forms of court-related mental health evaluations, and the ethical/scientific/clinical issues related to parenting capacity and custody evaluations. Psychological testing will be discussed as a component of the overall evaluation process, including the types of tests most likely to be used in custody evaluations, and the most common types of errors or problems found in interpreting psychological evaluation data. Dr. Archer will discuss how the information from psychological evaluations is best used in providing useful information to the court in assisting in custody and visitation determinations.
Dr. Robert P. Archer
Abuse/Neglect, Department of Human Services and Foster Care Cases
This session will teach GALs how DHS and foster care cases differ from regular custody cases, including the “alphabet soup” that GALs must know when delving into the world of DHS. Presenters will explain the roles of the City Attorney, CASA volunteers, and social workers, and how GALs can work with each to maximize the benefits to the children we serve.
Panelists: Christianna Doutherty-Cunningham, Jessica Owens, Season Roberts, Lisa Wall
During this panel discussion that will be moderated by a practicing GAL, attendees will have an opportunity to hear what information judges find critical in matters involving children, and how GALs can best assist the court in providing this information, both in preparing reports and at trial. Attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions.
Moderator: Bretta Z. Lewis
Panelists: Hon. Rick Atlee, Hon. Deborah V. Bryan, Hon. Glenn R. Croshaw