The Role of a Therapist in a Child Custody Case


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Jorge Galindo

A reserve deputy for Orange County, Dr. Jorge Galindo also dedicates time to his private practice in Irvine, where he and his wife treat families and adolescents. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Dr. Jorge Galindo handles child custody cases referred to him by the court.

When going through divorce proceedings, parents should be prepared to work with a child custody evaluator and forensics expert. Ideally, child custody evaluators should be well versed in treating children and adolescents and have experience assessing family dynamics, personalities, mental illnesses, and parenting skills. The latter is of the utmost importance to ensure their statement given during proceedings results in a minor living and growing in an environment conducive to a positive future.

The chosen therapist interviews applicable individuals regarding life history. He or she may request documents that support an interviewee’s responses. For example, documentation illustrating a parent’s disciplinary approach can be helpful in forming testimony regarding child rearing. A therapist will also evaluate academic achievement, perform personality tests, and conduct psychological testing, ranging from cognitive functioning examinations to projective personality assessments.

The Health and Human Services Group in California

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Health and Human Services Group

Jorge Galindo is a licensed therapist in Irvine, CA who holds a masters of psychology from Trinity College of Graduate Studies. Along with his wife Miriam, Jorge Galindo runs a private practice specializing in court-referred assessments for marriage, family, and child therapy.

Mr. Galindo previously worked with the Health and Human Services Group  (HHSG), where he supported law enforcement with clinical services such as violence assessment, intakes, and case management for three years.

The HHSG is a psychological consulting company that offers employee assistance programs (EAP) to law enforcement and other businesses. The business was founded in 1982, and in 1993 designed a national EAP for the Department of Justice.

The services the HHSG offers to thousands of employees and their family members across the US include management consulting, threat risk assessment, and peer support and traumatic incident services.

The HHSG has assisted many notable clients, including the Department of Homeland Security, Chevron, and the United States Postal Service.

Motivating Factors in Domestic Violence

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Domestic Violence

At his California private practice, which he owns and operates alongside his wife, Dr. Jorge Galindo offers court-referred counseling services to a diverse client base. Dr. Jorge Galindo has worked with numerous perpetrators of domestic violence and is certified by Orange County as a domestic violence provider.

At its core, domestic violence stems from complex psychological insecurities in the mind of the perpetrator. Many offenders have what psychologists call a destructive inner monologue, which generates thought patterns centered on insecurities and personal criticisms. These criticisms can focus on the perpetrator himself or herself or on the individual’s partner. If susceptible to a belief in such thoughts, the perpetrator can turn to violence in an effort to assert control.

Destructive thought patterns are more likely to lead to abuse if the offender also develops an inflated sense of connection to the partner. Believing that a partner has the sole responsibility for making the offender happy and whole, the offender begins to desperately assert control. This desire for control may intensify if the offender has prior intimate contact with abusive relationships, such as that suffered by a parent during the offender’s childhood, or if the offender suffers from a mental illness that generates insecure thoughts. These factors may be more likely to result in violence if the offender nurtures internalized social biases, such as a belief in innate superiority over a partner’s gender.

Risk Assessment for Adults in Family Court

Family courts require therapy intervention for involved family members to determine the outcome of a case. Dr. Jorge Galindo provides consultation services and therapy for family court referrals; he shares a private practice in Irvine, California with his wife, Miriam Galindo, Psy.D.. Dr. Jorge Galindo offers co-parenting, reunification, and individual counselling to families that are in the midst of high-conflict divorce.

Adult risk assessment is a significant part of family court cases such as high-conflict divorce. It is a necessary process to determine whether a child or another family member is at risk for emotional or physical harm. It includes evaluating the risk for aggression, the presence of a mental health disorder, or any negative behavior that influences other members of the family.

Assessments may include a risk assessment for the father, a vulnerability assessment for the mother, or vice versa. In some cases, courts can request a joint risk assessment, where both types of assessments will be incorporated for both parents.

These are necessary to determine whether a parent will be allowed to receive custody or visitation rights for a child. The reports are prepared by specialists and therapists assigned to handle the case. Once the results are in, the court will determine how to proceed and decide whether treatment and counselling is necessary.

Functions and Purpose of Juvenile Court Therapy

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Juvenile Court Therapy

Dr. Jorge Galindo serves as a forensic consultant for juvenile courts, where he frequently works to develop programs for rehabilitation and treatment for teenage violence offenders and sex offenders; juvenile courts focus on the rehabilitation of minors through the use of clinical assessment treatment. Sharing an Irvine, California, private practice with his wife, Miriam Galindo, Psy.D, Dr. Jorge Galindo also works with drug and alcohol-related referrals from Orange County’s Juvenile and Adult Probation Departments.

Although the court is designed to hold the youth accountable for their crimes and actions, the goal of rehabilitation is to help the offender return to the community without any risk of harming other citizens. The primary focus is to prevent further delinquent behavior and to minimize the risk for possible adult crime involvement.

Therapeutic intervention includes clinical assessment and counselling. When considering the variables that led to the offense, therapists must differentiate the risk factors between adults and minors. The latter is more vulnerable to peer influence, less oriented to think about the future and less likely to assess risk before acting on impulse.

When it comes to treatment and counselling, there are several avenues that are deemed effective by the National Mental Health Association. These include multi-systemic therapy, functional family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as several others.

Bipolar Spectrum Disorders – A Broad Range of Symptoms

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Bipolar Spectrum Disorders

Licensed as a family and marriage therapist, Dr. Jorge Galindo has extensive experience working with adolescents and parents. Dr. Jorge Galindo pursued his doctoral internship at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California. His work at the respected inpatient psychiatric hospital focused on assessing and treating bipolar (BP) spectrum disorders.

The BP spectrum model defines a variety of bipolar conditions, including cyclothymia and bipolar I. Patients with the latter condition have suffered from manic episodes at least once in their lives. They have also had episodes of depression that may have run the gamut from extremely severe to mild.

Those who are diagnosed with bipolar II have experienced hypomania, a less intense form of mania, indicating that they maintain a certain level of control over their actions. Cyclothymia involves moods that “cycle” and are even less severe.

Even within bipolar I patients, symptoms vary widely in duration and intensity. Some experience ongoing symptoms, while others may find episodes of mania and depression separated by months or years. For this reason, an individualized diagnosis by an experienced practitioner is required to receive proper care for bipolar spectrum disorders.

Physical Abilities Test Required to Become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff

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Orange County

Partnering with his wife, Dr. Jorge Galindo began his private practice as a marriage, family, and child therapist in 2000. In addition to working as a therapist, Dr. Jorge Galindo is an academy-trained reserve deputy sheriff with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

To become a reserve deputy sheriff in Orange County, volunteers receive rigorous training, including a physical abilities test (PAT). The test, which is both timed and scored, consists of four events designed to mimic the physical demands that might be required of a deputy sheriff on the job.

The events in the PAT include a strenuous obstacle course, which incorporates hurdles, running, balance beam, sit-ups, and push-ups. The other three events consist of a 440-yard flat run, a pass-fail semiautomatic weapon trigger-pull challenge, and a dummy drag that involves dragging a dummy weighing 165 pounds for 15 feet.

The PAT is a requirement to become a reserve deputy sheriff, however, if a candidate fails the test, he or she may be retested at a later time.