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Court-Involved Services

I provide both Court-appointed and Court-ordered therapy at my practice. Both involve the psychotherapeutic treatment of a parent, child, couple or family undertaken as a result of being ordered by a Judge. In court-appointed matters, the Judge should specify my name in the order as the professional to provide the service; whereas in court-Ordered matters, the Judge will not designate the name of a specific professional to conduct treatment.

Court-Involved Areas of Competence

Specialized Training and Expertise

Court-involved therapy plays a significant and important role in any legal situation. While appropriate treatment can offer considerable benefit to children and families, inappropriate treatment may escalate family conflict and cause significant damage. Therefore, it is essential to choose a provider with profound knowledge and experience in your specific situation, as well as the legal system.

Having been endorsed by numerous Judges and attorneys throughout Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties to provide court-involved treatment and expert recommendations, I have experience and credibility in this highly specialized area. Reliably, I follow The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) best practice guidelines for those providing treatment for court-involved matters, to ensure application of relevant ethical and professional guidelines, standards and research in handling of all court-involved matters. In an effort to maintain familiarity with current research related to psychological issues and high-risk and high-conflict dynamics, I have formalized training in specific methods and interventions particular to my areas of competence. Moreover, I have education, experience and training in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Characteristics of divorcing/separated families and children
  • Family systems and other systems in which court-involved families interact
  • The impact of high interparental conflict on post-separation custody arrangements
  • Effective interventions with divorcing or separated families
  • Adaptations of traditional therapeutic approaches that may be necessary to work with divorcing or separated families
  • Characteristics and needs of special populations who may be involved in treatment
  • Applicable local legal standards
  • Child development and coping, including developmental tasks
  • Child interviewing and suggestibility
  • Children’s decision-making ability, including appropriate means of understanding children’s abilities and interpreting expressed preferences or opinions
  • Factors in divorcing families that increase risk to children, or promote resilience in children
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse and child welfare
  • High conflict dynamics, including risks to children from exposure to parental conflict, parental undermining, alienation and estrangement
  • Treatment approaches, including both traditional methods and adaptations for divorcing or separated families
  • Parenting and behavioral interventions

Process of Retaining Dr. Forshee

Prior to appointing me in an order, please have your attorney contact my office to schedule a brief consultation call to provide preliminary information regarding your matter. Next steps will be provided to your attorney. As a business practice, I do not accept matters where one or both parties are pro-se.