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CLE# 2008-039: Assessing True and False Reports of Abuse

Credits: 3.25 General

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008

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  • DVD: $65.00
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  • How to deal with reports of sexual abuse and domestic violence in high-conflict cases
  • Significance of personality in family law cases
  • True and false reports appear the same – how to assess them, often with no physical evidence
  • How to deal with extreme emotions, questionable factual statements, and strong professional opinions in these cases
  • How to use this open-minded, evidence-based approach to recognize the wide range of factual information in these cases
  • 7 investigator errors
  • What is confirmatory bias?
  • The problems of presumptions
  • Assessing child sexual abuse:  5 theories to investigate
  • Elements of the “vocabulary of motive”
  • Overlap of child sexual abuse and domestic violence
  • Use of restraining orders
  • Why professionals tend to minimize the occurrence of true abuse, but tend to disregard existence of false reports.


Bill Eddy, LCSW, Attorney, High Conflict Institute, Scottsdale, AZ.

Also listed in: Family Law / Custody Issues / Divorce / Law and Community Health / Practice Skills

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