Is There a Future For Parental Responsibility Evaluations in Colorado
This program will examine some of the history of PRE assessments locally and will explore changes to the practice over time. The presenters will examine how to encourage and support practitioners who perform these important assessments and will look at challenges faced by evaluators in our current environment.
The three expert presenters are:
Bob Backerman, LCSW
Since 1982 Bob has been a Clinical Social Worker and in private practice in Boulder. He conducts Individual therapy with adults and children, marital and family therapy, child and family investigations, parental responsibility evaluations, therapeutic parenting time, mediation, arbitration, expert court testimony on child custody and child development, presentations at seminars on child custody issues. He also has been a Social Worker in both the St. Vrain and Boulder Valley school districts and a Principal Social Worker, Child Protection Program, Boulder County Department of Social Services.
Les Katz, PsyD
Les is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Colorado. He received his doctorate degree from the University of Denver School of Professional Psychology in 1981 and has been licensed since 1984. He specializes in divorce and remarriage issues. He provides Parental Responsibility Evaluations, Work Product Reviews, and consultation to attorneys and mental health professionals. He co-developed (with Dr. Andrew Loizeaux) a 40 hour Child and Investigator Training Program which was offered from 2004 through 2011. For 5 years, he served on the Colorado Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee. He chaired a Metro Denver IDC committee that developed guidelines for Custody Evaluators and chaired a committee that revised those guidelines. He co-chaired a MDIC committee that developed Special Advocate Guidelines.
Marc Vick, MA, LPC
Marc has been in private practice with a focus on divorce and post-dissolution matters since 1984. Part of his work for the first half of his practice was completing custody evaluations. Although it has been many years since doing this work, Marc has continued to review many PRE and CFI reports and consult in various capacities, reading an average of almost one evaluation a week. In addition to this work, he has maintained a steady psychotherapy practice.
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