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Therapists and Court involved Clients

March 28, 2015

Are you a therapist or social worker or psychologist or psychiatrist working with a client involved with family court or criminal court?

Did you know your service can contribute to an escalation of conflict between parents?

Did you know that your client may be triangulating you into a dispute on a one-sided basis?

Did you know that without both parents consent to treatment of a child, you may be compromising your professional code of ethics?

Did you know that even if one parent has so-called “custody”, in most jurisdictions the other parent still has an equal right to access information concerning their child?

Did you know that the disclosures of the child in therapy are often influenced by the parent bringing the child hence rendering such disclosures at least suspicious?

Did you know you could be dragged into your client’s court action?

Did you know that there are defence lawyers who shop around looking for therapists to write a good report really only to help their client’s case at court?

If you didn’t know that answer to just one of those questions, you could likely benefit from training on working with court involved clients.

If you would like to better serve your court involved clients and better protect yourself from a claim of malpractice, you should consider specific training in these issues.

I have been working with court involved clients for over 30 years. It would be my pleasure to provide training in this area of practice to your group or organization. Feel free to call to discuss: 905 628-4847.

(Courts in Ontario, Canada, have deemed me an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations, custody and access recommendations, and an expert at critiquing the assessments of other assessors. Yes – I evaluate evaluators for court purposes.)

I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker.

Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW

Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America.

If your relationship is faltering, then set it as your priority.

Read: Marriage Rescue: Overcoming ten deadly sins in failing relationships.

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