Publications & Presentations
by Daniel Pickar, Ph.D.
Kaufman, R.L., & Pickar, D.B. (2017). Understanding parental
gatekeeping in families with a special needs child ( PDF). Family Court
Review, 55 (2), 195-212.
Kaufman, R.L., & Pickar, D.B. (2016). Child custody and parenting plan
evaluations (book chapter). In T. Masson (Ed.). Inside Forensic Psychology (pp. 248-282). Denver, CO: Praeger.
Pickar, D.B., & Kaufman, R.L. (2015). Parenting plans for special needs
children: Applying a risk-assessment model ( PDF). Family Court Review,
53 (1), 113-133.
Kaufman, R.L., & Pickar, D.B. (2014). Ten tips for writing high quality and
helpful custody evaluation reports ( PDF). AFCC eNews, 9(8), August 2014.
Kaufman, R.L., & Pickar, D.B. (2014). The child custody evaluation report:
Integrating forensic and clinical approaches in a multi-client system,
AFCC- California Newsletter,11, (Spring).
Pickar, D.B., & Kaufman, R.L. (2013).
The child custody evaluation report:
Towards an integrated model of practice ( PDF). Journal of Child Custody, 10, 17-53.
Pickar, D.B., & Kaufman, R.L. (2012).
Ten tips for developing parenting plans for special needs children
( PDF). AFCC eNews, Volume 7(12), December,
Pickar, D.B. (2011).
Intermittent evaluative mediation with enduring, postdivorce conflict
( PDF) Journal of Child Custody, 8, 143-165.
Pickar, D.B., & Kahn, J.J. (2011). Settlement-focused
parenting plan consultations: An evaluative
mediation alternative to child custody evaluations ( PDF) Family Court Review, 49, 59-71.
Pickar, D.B. (2009). Collaborative divorce:
Some new roles for psychologists ( PDF). The
Psychologist, 42, 14-17.
Pickar, D.B. & Lindsey, R.L. (2008).
Preparing child psychologists for managed care: Educational
and training considerations ( PDF). Brief
Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 8, 370-380.
Pickar, D.B. (2008, February 18). Parents are part of gang prevention. The Press Democrat,
Pickar, D.B. (2007). On being a child custody
evaluator: Professional and personal challenges,
risks, and rewards. ( PDF). Family Court
Review, 45, 103-115.
Pickar, D.B. (2007). Countertransference bias
in the child custody evaluator ( PDF). Journal
Custody, 4, 45-67.
Pickar, D.B. (2007). Countertransference bias in child custody evaluations is just a horse of
different color: A rejoinder to Martindale and Gould ( PDF) Journal of Child Custody, 4, 77-89.
Erard, R.E., & Pickar, D.B. (2007). Countertranference bias: Self-examination, not
cross-examination ( PDF) Journal of Child Custody, 4, 101-109.
Pickar, D.B. (2003). Identifying
Stress-Responses to Divorce ( PDF). Sonoma
Pickar, D.B. (1999). Classroom management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Kaiser
Permanente Newsletter for the Sonoma County Schools, Spring, 8-10.
Pickar, D.B., and Tori, C.D. (1990). The learning disabled adolescent: Eriksonian
psychosocial development, self-concept, and delinquent behavior. In R. Muuss (Ed.),
Adolescent behavior and society: A book of readings. (pp. 379-385) New York: Random House.
Pickar, D.B. (1989). Brief group psychotherapy with adolescents. The Connecting Link (The
national mental health newsletter of Kaiser Permanente), 2, 7-10.
Colson, D.B., Pickar, D.B., & Coyne, L. (1989). Rorschach predictors of treatment difficulty in a
psychiatric hospital. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 53, 52-57.
Pickar, D.B. (1988). Group Psychotherapy and the learning disabled adolescent. Adolescence,
Pickar, D.B. (1986). Psychological aspects of learning disabilities: A review of research.
of the Menninger Clinic. 50, 22-32.
Pickar, D.B., and Tori, C.D. (1986). The learning disabled adolescent: Eriksonian psychosocial
development, self-concept, and delinquent behavior. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 15,
Hayden, B., and Pickar, D.B. (1981). The impact of moral discussions on children's level of moral
reasoning. Journal of Moral Education, 10, 131-134.
Recent Professional Presentations:
Psychological Testing in Family Law Matters: Rumors of Its Demise are Greatly Exaggerated. Workshop presentation at AFCC California Chapter Annual Conference, San Francisco, February 1, 2018.
Divorce and the Special Needs Child. Invited webinar presentation to the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), November 17, 2017.
Divorce and the Special Needs Child: Challenges in Developing Parenting Plans and Negotiating Financial Issues. Invited workshop presentation at the Annual AFCC/AAML Conference on Advanced Issues in Child Custody: Evaluation, Litigation, and Settlement, San Diego, September 15, 2017.
Special Needs Children in Separation and Divorce: Unique Challenges for Family Law Professionals. Invited full day institute presented at the 54th Annual AFCC Conference, Boston, May 31, 2017.
Special Needs Children in Divorce and Separation. Full day seminar presentation (with Robert Kaufman, Ph.D.), Northern California Mediation
Center, Corte Madera, CA, December 9, 2016.
Understanding Parental Gatekeeping in Families with a Special Needs Child
(with Robert Kaufman, Ph.D.). AFCC 12th Symposium on Child Custody
Evaluations, Atlanta, November 4, 2016.
Recognizing and Coping with Countertransference Reactions in Family Law
Practice, Family Law Section, Sonoma County Bar Association, September 21,
Special Needs Children in Family Court. Invited plenary speaker at the AFCC
California Chapter Annual Conference, February 21, 2016.
The Relationship between Parental Gatekeeping and Alienation Dynamics in High-Conflict Divorce. Family Law Section, Sonoma County Bar Association, November 18, 2015.
Parental Gatekeeping, Alienation, and Working with Families in the Midst of High-Conflict Divorce. Invited presentation to the Redwood Psychological Association, November 12, 2015.
Special Needs Children in Family Court: A Risk Assessment Model for Crafting Parenting Plans. Workshop presented at the 52nd AFCC Conference (1.5 hours), New Orleans, May 28, 2015 (with Robert Kaufman,Ph.D).
Writing the Child Custody Evaluation Report: Integrating Forensic and Clinical Perspectives. Full-day institute presented at the 11th AFCC Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations, November 6, 2014, San Antonio (with Robert Kaufman, Ph.D.).
Writing the Child Custody Evaluation Report: Integrating Forensic and Clinical Approaches.
Half-day institute presented at the AFCC-California Chapter Annual Conference, February 7, 2014
(with Robert Kaufman, Ph.D.).
Roles of Mental Health and Legal Professionals in Relocation Cases. Family Law Section, Sonoma
County Bar Association, November 13, 2013.
Parenting Plan Considerations for Special Needs Children. Workshop presented at the AFCC
50th Annual Conference, Los Angeles, 5/30/13 (with Robert Kaufman, Ph.D.)
The Transference-Countertransference Matrix in Family Law Relationships. Family Law
Section, Sonoma County Bar Association, 5/15/13.
An Integrated Model for Child Custody Evaluation Reports. Workshop presented at the 10th AFCC
Symposium on Child Custody Evaluations, Phoenix, 11/2/2012 (with Robert Kaufman, Ph.D.)
Intermittent Evaluative Mediation with Enduring Post-Divorce Conflict. Workshop presented at the
AFCC 49th Annual Conference, Chicago, 6/7/12.
Alienation Dynamics in Collaborative Cases: Strategies for the Collaborative Team. Three-hour
workshop presented (with Sheryl Hausman, Ph.D.) at Collaborative Practice California, 6th Annual
Statewide Conference, 4/28/12.
Special Needs Children in Collaborative Practice: Implications for Parenting Plans, Collaborative
Council of the Redwood Empire, 11/16/11.
Child Specialist Training: A Scientifically-Informed Collaborative Model. Three- hour workshop
presented at the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals 12th Annual Forum, San
Developmental Considerations for Overnights with Young Children. Sonoma County Bar Association
and Superior Court of Sonoma County, 5/18/11.
Children and Adults with Mental Health Issues in Family Court. Invited presentation for the
California Administrative Offices of the Courts, 2010 Bay Area Dispute Resolution Training, San
The Settlement-Focused Parenting Plan Consultation: A New ADR Procedure for Divorcing Parents.
AFCC 47th Annual Conference, Denver, 6/3/10.
Clients, Lawyers, Opposing Parties, Custody Evaluators: The Transference-Countertransference
Hula. American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers, Northern CA 34th Annual Symposium, 5/16/10.
The Alientated Child and Visitation Refusal in Divorce: Psychological Dynamics and Therapeutic and
Legal Management. Sonoma County Bar Association, 11/19/09.
Innovative Alternative Dispute Resolution Approaches to Divorce and Child Custody. Grand Rounds
Presentation, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 10/27/09.
The Child Specialist: Listening to Children's Voices in the Collaborative Process. Collaborative
Council of the Redwood Empire Monthly Meeting, 6/24/2009.
Settlement-Focused Parenting Plan Consultations. Superior Court of Sonoma County/Family Law Bar
Quarterly Meeting, 1/16/09.
An Overview of Brief Therapy with Children and Families. Day long workshop for the San Franscisco
Unified School District Counseling Staff, 10/23/08.
Reducing Bias in Child Custody Evaluations: Issues and Controversies (with David Martindale,
Ph.D., 90 minute workshop). Eight International Child Custody Evaluator Symposium, Association of
Family and Conciliation Courts, Albuquerque, NM, 9/25/09.
Child Alienation in High-Conflict Divorce, Grand Rounds, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center,
Child Development and Child Interviewing Techniques, Minor's Counsel Educational Program, Sonoma
County Bar Association, 1/24/09.
Managing Your Most Difficult Clients, Presentation to Sonoma County Bar Association, 9/11/08.
Challenges in Treating Children and Families in High-Conflict Divorce, Grand Rounds Presentation,
Department of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 4/29/08.
Counter-Transference Dilemmas and Bias Amongst Family Law Professionals, Association of Family and
Conciliation Courts (90 minute workshop), California Division, Annual conference, 2/10/07.
Deposing the Expert: Custody Evaluator Perspectives, Legal Aid of Sonoma County, 6/24/06.
Supervision of Child and Family Therapy. Workshop at Kaiser Permanente - Northern California
Regional Mental Health Training, 10/5/05.
Child Custody Evaluations: Procedures for Conducting a Comprehensive Evaluation: Grand Rounds,
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 3/27/01.
Comprehensive Treatment of Suicidal Adolescents, Sonoma County Academic Foundation for Excellence
in Medicine, 2/28/97.
Challenging Custody Issues in High-Conflict Divorce (with focus on parental alienation), Sonoma
County Bar Association, 4/30/1997.