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(p. 260) Trauma and Child Custody Disputes: Screening, Assessment, and Interventions 

(p. 260) Trauma and Child Custody Disputes: Screening, Assessment, and Interventions
(p. 260) Trauma and Child Custody Disputes: Screening, Assessment, and Interventions

Leslie Drozd

, Michael A. Saini

, and Kristina Vellucci-Cook

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date: 25 October 2020

This chapter addresses the special considerations that must be applied when therapeutic interventions occur in the context of unresolved allegations of trauma or abuse. Evidence-informed techniques that address functional deficits being exhibited by the child, without compromising external investigation of the allegations, are discussed. Methods for maintaining or strengthening the healthy aspect of parent–child relationships, as consistent with child safety, are also discussed. This chapter considers evidence-informed techniques for addressing functional deficits exhibited by children as a result of unresolved trauma. Attention is placed on methods for resolving histories of trauma within the family law and child dependency context. This may include resolving traumatic memories with parents, dealing with situations in which more than one party is traumatized or memories do not align, and reaching child-supportive resolutions when parent–child contact requires a trauma-supportive lens.

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