A psychological examination of the minor children regarding:
- living situation and perception,
- The nature and quality of their relationship with each of the parents,
- identify their needs and requirements.
Identify the possibilities and ways of restoring the relationship between parent and child and the conditions that must be met to achieve this.
The study may be expanded according to the specific needs of the children involved.
Content of the expert examination
In the study of children/youth, we identify the nature and quality of the child/parent relationship and describe the living situation and experiences of the children.
In relation to the parents, we will check for attachment disorder, loyalty problems, parental rejection and so on.
We gauge how the children perceive the parenting rules, values and norms of both parents, where the differences and bottlenecks lie.
In case there is a disagreement between the parents regarding the child’s problems, targeted investigations can be carried out into the presence of a possible psychological problems such as autism, A(D)HD, personality, learning disabilities and intelligence testing. See more on ourdiagnosis page for this.
From this, advice can be given regarding educational type, medical and or psychological counseling.
In identifying sexually transgressive behavior, psychological and physical abuse and other forms of abuse, the severity of trauma in the child is determined.
Likewise, the impact of cultural differences, child abduction, alcohol and drug abuse on all involved can be explored.
Survey of parents, grandparents, foster parents or other educators
Examination regarding the psychological profile of the parents including a personality assessment.
Parents’ pedagogical and affective capacities and an evaluation of parents’ norms and values regarding parenting.
Contacts with externals
When appropriate, we will contact outside stakeholders such as the school, CLB, family physician, health care providers, mental health centers and any outside individuals or services that can provide meaningful information.
Mediation between child and/or parents
Often the judgment includes a mediation order. It involves optimizations in parenting arrangements including parenting agreements that serve the best interests of the child.
At WALSHA, the best interests of the child always come first!
Mediation between victim – offender
Less well known but often very useful is the possibility of mediation between victim and offender. This form of victim-offender mediation is useful for processing traumatic experiences and in situations where the relationship and cooperation between victim and offender plays an important role. Victim-offender mediation has no bearing on sentencing.
Also check out our victim-offender mediation page.