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AFCC Webinar: The “Good Enough” Parenting Plan Evaluation

The “Good Enough” Parenting Plan Evaluation

Leslie M. Drozd, PhD

April 9, 2024

1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Registration Closes April 9, 2023 at 9:00am Eastern Time (US & Canada)
The “Good Enough” Parenting Plan


Parenting Plan Evaluations (PPEs) have become increasingly expensive and take longer to complete. As a result, PPEs are no longer a viable option for those who cannot afford the cost of these reports and/or cannot wait for the evaluators to write their reports. To improve access to justice, this webinar will explore approaches to streamline PPEs to provide parents, counsel, and the courts with a product beyond a brief focused evaluation, yet not the full extended version. The decision to engage in a “good enough PPE is not without risks and must be consistent with guidelines for practice.  This webinar will explore approaches and methods to consider: Does it help on the front end for the issues to be explored to be clearly defined? How much history is enough? How many interviews/observations is enough? Is testing required in every case? Does the evaluator need to speak with every collateral? How can reports be written in less than 40 hours while meeting standards and guidelines? What parameters can be put around the methodology? What limitations are acceptable and not fatal flaws? How can this all be accomplished while avoiding preventable errors and managing bias?  Implications will be considered for applying streamlined approaches to PPE, including the risks and benefits.

AFCC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AFCC is also approved to sponsor continuing education for psychologists licensed to practice in the state of New York. AFCC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The program is eligible for up to 1 hour of continuing education for psychologists.

Member Certificate of Attendance $15
Nonmember Certificate of Attendance $20

Leslie Drozd, PhD, is a psychologist in independent practice in Newport Beach, California in clinical and forensic psychology with expertise in family violence, alienation, gatekeeping, child abuse, and substance abuse. She has co-authored a myriad of peer-reviewed articles and chapters in these areas of expertise. She serves as a forensic consultant, expert witness, reviewing expert, and child custody evaluator and as a clinician working with families with resist refuse dynamics. She has served as the editor Journal of Child Custody, AFCC task forces that created the Model Standards of Practice for conducting child custody evaluations and the supplement to those model standards for dealing with intimate partner violence in child custody cases. She has co-written or co-edited books for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Oxford University Press, and Professional Resources Press. She has taught judges, attorneys, and mental health professionals across the country, in Canada, and Europe. She has received AFCC’s John E. Van Duzer Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding contributions and achievements.


April 9
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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