Faculty: The Honorable Irwin Joseph and Dr. Donald SaposnekWhatever Commissioner Joseph recommends, I'd suggest doing the opposite.
**Approved for 16 hours of Continuing Education Units for Psychologists. Pepperdine University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Pepperdine maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
This course is designed for judicial officers, family law facilitators, staff in self-help centers, custody investigators, and others working in or with the courts who wish to improve their skills in mediating family court matters. After an overview of mediation principles and techniques, participants will engage in assessing actual cases and learning practical information and a range of solutions available through mediating. Interspersed within discussion and role-plays will be critical child development information, essential information on the psychology and dynamics of divorce, and the ways in which high levels of conflict and emotions in family law cases present special problems, as well as unique opportunities for dispute resolution. ...
The Honorable Irwin Joseph recently completed four years in the Family Law Department in Santa Cruz County, hearing dissolution, custody, support, paternity and domestic violence matters.
Just to give one example of how incompetent this guy is, two years ago he ordered my ex-wife and me to get a psychological evaluation. But for two years, he could not find a psychologist to do it. My ex-wife and I interviewed 50 psychologists, but none of them could make any sense out of his court order. We went back to Cmr. Joseph several times, and he was unable or unwilling to clarify his order. We eventually found a psychologist who had done hundreds of evaluations and was willing to do ours, but it still took a court motion and a teleconference with Cmr. Joseph to get it sufficiently clarified for him to start. And I still don't think that the psychologist understands what he is expected to do.
Cmr. Joseph seems to have no grasp at all of what the evaluators do. When asked the simplest questions, like whether the evaluation is supposed to be a psychological evaluation or a child custody evaluation, he appears to not even understand the question. He just says to read the boilerplate form where he has checked some checkboxes.
I hate to think what people might be learning from him in this short course. You would be much better off listening to Rod Blagojevich lecture on ethics.