Child welfare system has roles for psychologists

By Nat'l Psychologist Editor
February 18, 2011


Michael Karson, Ph.D., J.D., says that American children are protected from maltreatment not just by their parents but also by government officials. When families fail, government steps in, whether to educate caregivers, remediate parenting problems, deal with unmanageable children or terminate parental rights.

Psychologists have several potential roles in the process. One role I play in the child welfare system, which capitalizes on our training in different theoretical models, has been a somewhat unusual one.

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