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Benjamin D. Garber, Ph.D.
AAML/AFCC Conference Keynote Address
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American Psychological Association (2010). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of Conduct.
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Wyer, M.; Gaylord, S.; Grove, E. & Weithorn, L. (Eds.), (1987). Psychology and child custody determinations: Knowledge, roles, and expertise. Lincoln, NE, US:: University of Nebraska Press


DiFonzo, J. H. (2014). From the rule of one to shared parenting: Custody presumptions in law and policy. Family Court Review, 52(2), 213-239. 

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Warshak, R. A. (2007). Punching the parenting time clock: The approximation rule, social science, and the baseball bat kids. Family Court Review, 45(4), 600-619.

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Riggs, S. A. (2005). Is the Approximation Rule in the Child's Best Interests?: A Critique from the Perspective of Attachment Theory. Family Court Review, 43(3), 481-493.


Krauss, D. A., & Sales, B. D. (2001). The child custody standard: What do twenty years of research teach us? In S. O. White (Ed.), The Plenum series in crime and justice. Handbook of youth and justice (pp. 411-435).


Warshak, R. (2015). Securing children's best interests while resisting the lure of simple solutions. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 56(1), 57-79.

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Salfi, Dominick J. & Cassady, Nina (1982). Who owns this child? Shared parenting before and after divorce. Conciliation Courts Review, 20(1), 31-40 Access resources here

Fernando, M. (2014), Family Law Proceedings and the Child's Right to be Heard in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada. Family Court Review, 52: 46–59.

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Garber, Benjamin D. (2015). The Roadmap to The Parenting Plan Worksheet. Unhooked Media.

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Bonnell, K & Soleil, F. (2015). The Parenting Plan Handbook.  CreateSpace

McWilliams, J. (2011). Parenting Plans For Familes After Divorce. McWilliams Mediation Group.


Naegele, Thomas & Clark, Alan (2001). Forensics Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: An Emerging Subspecies of Child Sexual Abuse. Forensic Examiner,  10(3/4), 21-23.

Yasenik, Lorri A.; Graham, Jon M. (2016). The continuum of including children in ADR processes: A child-centered continuum model. Family Court Review, Vol 54(2), 186-202.

Kelly, Joan B. (2014). Including children in the parenting coordination process: A specialized role. In Higuchi, S. & Lally, S. (Eds.), Parenting coordination in post-separation disputes: A comprehensive guide for practitioners , (pp. 143-170). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association
Garber, Benjamin D. (2004). Therapist alienation: Foreseeing and forestalling dynamics undermining therapies with children. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 35(4) 357-363.
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Smith, Linda S. (2015). Family‐based therapy for parent–child reunification. Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol 72(5), May 2016, 498-512

Garber, Benjamin D. (2015). Cognitive-behavioral methods in high conflict divorce: Systematic desensitization adapted to parent-child reunification interventions. Family Court Review, 53(1), 96-112.
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King, H. E. (2013). Assessment in custody hearings: Child custody evaluations. In K. F. Geisinger, B. A. Bracken, J. F. Carlson, J.-I. C. Hansen, N. R. Kuncel, S. P. Reise, & M.C. Rodriguez (Eds.), APA handbooks in psychology. APA handbook of testing and assessment in psychology, Vol. 2. Testing and assessment in clinical and counseling psychology (pp. 587-605). P. 590

Marriage of Carney, 24 Cal.3d 725 (1979)

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Hynan, D. J. (2013). Use of the Personality Assessment Inventory in child custody evaluation. Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology, 5, p. 129

Posthuma, A. (2016). Current and New Developments in Psychological Testing for Child Custody Disputes. In M. L. Goldstein (ed.), Handbook of Child Custody, Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016, p. 70


Garber, Benjamin D. (2009). Attachment methodology in custody evaluation: Four hurdles standing between developmental theory and forensic application. Journal of Child Custody, 6(1&2), 38-61.

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Lee, S. M., Borelli, J. L., & West, J. L. (2011). Children's attachment relationships: Can attachment data be used in child custody evaluations? Journal of Child Custody: Research, Issues, and Practices, 8(3), 212-242.


Cashmore, J., & Parkinson, P. (2008). Children's and parents' perceptions on children's participation in decision making after parental separation and divorce. Family Court Review, 46(1), 91-104

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