Custody Assessment Analysis System Workbook (CAAS)


44 Pages

Custody Assessment Analysis System Workbook (CAAS) by Dr. Jeffrey P. Wittmann is a companion tool for use with Evaluating Evaluations: An Attorney’s Handbook for Analyzing Child Custody Reports. In a clear, concise, structured, and comprehensive manner the CAAS workbook offers a step-by-step sequence of tasks for the practicing attorney to complete while analyzing a forensic custody report. The CAAS workbook is a tool for recording answers to a series of interrogatories about forensic reports that will help the attorney gradually crystalize a thorough analysis of the forensic document, an analysis that can then form the basis for effective cross-examination or client guidance about case-strategy. Armed with a completed analysis via the CAAS workbook, advocates for parents or children will be in a better position to discern whether a report should be considered adequately reliable or fatally flawed, toward the end of providing effective, informed advocacy for their client.

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About The Author

picture-21Dr. Jeffrey Wittmann

Dr. Wittmann is a licensed psychologist and trial consultant whose practice concentrates on trial support for attorneys in custody and access matters and on forensic work-product reviews. He serves as a consultant for major law firms nationally and has provided custody evaluation services both at county clinics and in private practice since 1985. He previously held an appointment as Adjunct Clinical Professor at SUNY Albany where he taught forensic psychology at the doctoral level. Dr. Wittmann is a recognized expert on the intersection of law and psychology, on professional practices in the child custody area, and on Frye/Daubert issues related to expert testimony in family matters. He is regularly on the faculty for training seminars offered to attorneys and mental health professionals, and has been a frequently utilized scholar-trainer for judges in Family, Supreme, and Appellate courts in New York and elsewhere nationally. Dr. Wittmann is on the editorial board of the Matrimonial Strategist and previously served on the board for the Journal of Child Custody. He is the author of “Custody Chaos, Personal Peace” (Perigee, 2001) and of numerous professional articles regarding forensic psychology. Together with Timothy Tippins Esq., he is the author of Empirical and Ethical Problems with Custody Recommendations: A Call for Clinical Humility and Judicial Vigilance, an award-winning article published in the Family Court Review in 2005 that generated widespread scholarly debate and that is a frequently-used template for critiquing the custody evaluation process. His CAAS model for analyzing child custody evaluations is the first comprehensive tool designed specifically to assist attorneys in negotiations and trial preparation, a model he outlines in his book entitled “Evaluating Evaluations: An attorney’s Handbook for Analyzing Child Custody Reports” (MatLaw, 2013).