I have just received notification that Dr. Elizabeth Lee will be unable to serve as appointed by the court. Enclosed is a four page listing including professionals qualified to conduct a psychological/custody evaluation. The list includes a number of individuals in Santa Clara County.There are only three in our county, but a lot in the next county. The list is headed by this paragraph:
You are urged to agree upon a professional promptly so the process can begin. Please advise the Court by letter when you have reached agreement.
Very truly yours,
IRWIN H. JOSEPH
Superior Court Commissioner
Attached is a list of mental health professionals who have completed the basic domestic violence training required of individuals who want to conduct custody evaluations or assessments. The individuals on this list have indicated that they do custody evaluations, assessments, or counseling for families and children in separating families. Those marked with the symbol (A) also attended a seminar on private assessments and those with an (S) have indicated that they are willing to take cases on a sliding fee basis. The Santa Clara County Superior Court maintains this list for information purposes only. Litigants and attorneys are responsible for interviewing potential evaluators or assessors regarding their qualifications, including updates on the domestic violence training as required by rule. The superior Court neither approves nor recommends the services provided by any person on this list.So I guess that's what qualifies these folks to micromanage people's lives -- they completed some basic domestic violence training and maybe attended a seminar on private assessments. It sounds pitiful to me.
The document is from 2004 and it says that an updated list is kept here, but that web site has been abandoned.