Parental Responsibility Evaluation (PRE)
A PRE includes a full family evaluation, including psychological testing, and a thorough report to the court. The purpose of a PRE is to assist the court in determining the best interests of children regarding parental responsibilities, including parenting time and parental decision-making. A PRE is appropriate in cases involving high conflict and/or complicated issues which call for in-depth evaluation. Must be court ordered. Usually requires a minimum of 40 hours of professional time over a 90-120 day period.
Child and Family Investigation (CFI)
A CFI is a very brief and focused family investigation with collateral witness input and a summary report to the court. The purpose of a CFI is to assist the court in determining the best interests of children regarding parental responsibilities, including parenting time and decision-making, in cases where the disputed issues are very limited in scope. The scope of the investigation is determined by the court order. A CFI is appropriate in cases involving a focused issue. Must be court-ordered. Involves 8-10 hours of professional time over a 60-90 day period.
Parent Coordinator/Decision-Maker (PC/DM)
As a parent-coordinator, Dr. McNamara assists parents in developing effective methods for co-parent communication and coordination. Frequency of sessions vary from weekly to semi-annually, depending on the issues involved. If authorized, Dr. McNamara can also serve as a decision-maker. As a decision-maker, Dr. McNamara can make binding decisions that clarify or assist with implementation of the provisions of a pre-existing court order in a manner that is consistent with the substantive intent of the court order. A PC must be court-ordered. Decision-making authority requires agreement by the parents and a court order. PC/DM appointments are usually for two years.
A confidential process for parents to resolve disputes, including allocation of parenting time and decision-making responsibilities, among other issues. Dr. McNamara serves as a neutral facilitator, guiding parents to their own agreements. Number of hours varies depending on the scope and complexities of issues, but often mediation is between two and twelve hours.
Evaluative Mediation (EM)
A confidential process in which Dr. McNamara conducts a brief assessment of the family prior to mediation. This approach is ideal when there is uncertainty regarding the children’s needs and professional input is desired. Dr. McNamara provides education and guidance concerning the children’s needs and then serves as a neutral facilitator in the mediation phase, guiding parents to their own agreement. Number of hours varies depending on scope and complexities of the issues, but is often between 8 and 12 hours.
Single or multiple sessions with parents, attorneys, other mental health professionals.
Includes clinical interviews, testing and a report.
Psychotherapy for Adults, Children & Families
- Adjustment to loss, life changes, divorce/break-up
- Stress-related anxiety & depression
- Abusive relationship recovery
- Parenting stress
- Parent-child conflict
- Stepfamily issues
- Parent-child reunification