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

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 slide deck addresses these and other issues to help therapists 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

Douglas Darnall

PsyCare, Inc.

Douglas Darnall, Ph.D.

  • CEO at PsyCare, Inc., (
  • An Ohio licensed psychologist since 1979
  • Previously had worked as a court psychologist for Trumbull County Family Court for 21 years
  • Published “Divorce Casualties: Protecting your Children from Parental Alienation” and “Divorce Casualties: Understanding Parental Alienation”
  • Has appeared in court on over one hundred cases in 12 states as an expert witness involving custody, parental alienation, and other forensic matters
  • Appeared on the Montel Show and Court TV
  • Has given presentations at both state and national conferences including the Missouri State Bar and North Dakota State Bar Associations, AFCC, Children’s Rights Council, and local and state bar associations
  • Written numerous publications on topics relating to his areas of expertise

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