Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
Since 1975

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

October 2 Program Agenda

"Child Custody Issues when There are Allegations of Intimate Partner Violence or Child Abuse: Ethical Issues and Common Pitfalls Made by Many Custody Evaluators"

Robert Geffner, Ph.D., ABN, ABPP


Thursday, October 2, 2014


8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Networking & Introductions
8:25 - 10:30 a.m. - Program


Alpert Jewish Community Center, Senior Room
3801 E. Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815

EALB will provide 2 CEUs to MFTs/LCSWs in attendance (free to EALB members, $10 for non-members).
Approval No. PCE 4131

Contact info:;  858-527-1860 x 4050

Robert GeffnerRobert Geffner, Ph.D., ABN, ABPP is a licensed clinician (Psychologist in CA and in TX, and Marriage & Family Therapist in CA) and directed a full-service private practice mental health clinic in East Texas for over 15 years prior to relocating to California 16 years ago. He regularly conducted evaluations of child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence cases for courts and Child Protective Services (CPS), as well as for other referral agencies. He conducted evaluation and treatment programs for both victims and offenders of child abuse, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence. He is President and Founder of a nonprofit international resource and training center (the Family Violence & Sexual Assault Institute in Texas and now in California), and the Founding President of the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma at Alliant International University.

He is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego, and editor of five professional journals (including the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Journal of Family Violence, Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, Journal of Child Custody, and Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma). He has a Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, and is Board Certified in Couple & Family Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

He has lectured and trained extensively nationally and internationally for over 29 years on the subjects of child abuse, domestic violence, trauma, forensic psychology, child custody, expert witness, human aggression, sexual assault and abuse, long term effects of adverse childhood experiences, the effects of abuse and victimization on the brain, prosecution of interpersonal violence and abuse cases, issues of child abuse and sexual offending for the defense of criminal cases, and diagnostic assessment. He has presented over 450 keynote addresses, plenaries, workshops, and seminars at international, national, regional, and state conferences. Dr. Geffner is a past president of the American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology, and he is currently co-chair of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) and president of the American Academy of Couple & Family Psychology. He has been a researcher, trainer, practitioner, and consultant for more than 30 years.

The procedures, assessment, and ethical practice for child custody disputes when there are allegations of intimate partner violence and/or exposure to domestic violence are discussed. Distinguishing between abuse, high conflict, alienation, estrangement, and rejection are presented. These are very difficult and complex cases from mental health/social work, criminal justice, and legal perspectives. Appropriate investigative techniques and common errors that often are made in these cases are presented that have caused many victims of intimate partner violence/abuse to lose custody of their children to the accused or confirmed offenders.
The myth of "parental alienation syndrome" that is often alleged in these cases is discussed, along with ways to be aware and avoid common pitfalls that are made in these cases.¬†Recommendations for custody and visitation when abuse has occurred are provided. Case examples are shown and discussed as well as the ethical violations that often occur by mental health professionals who are not specifically trained in the dynamics of  intimate partner violence/abuse.
Learning Objectives: Participants will:

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