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Dr. Gilbert W. Kliman
2105 Divisadero Street
San Francisco CA 94115
USA
phone: 415-292-7119
fax: 415-749-2802
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Children's Psychological Health Center, Inc. - Our mission is to bring the highest quality of child, adolescent and adult psychiatric expertise to difficult civil litigation issues concerning children.

Practice Specialties - Nationwide forensic child psychiatry, evaluation and testimony in over 225 civil cases involving claims of institutional neglect, psychological trauma, loss of parental services, abuse, often with multiple victims.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry Evaluations, Reports and Testimony Concerning Psychological Issues such as Trauma
  • Institutional Negligence (schools, academies and residential treatment centers - particularly concerning allegations of abuse
  • Wrongful Death: Loss of Parental Services
  • Allegations of Child Abuse - whether individual or multiple children, family or institutional, we conduct objective evaluations or such complaints and assess the damages stemming from complaints we find confirmed by forensic studies
  • Mental Health in Disasters (earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, firestorms, tsunamis and wars
  • Children in Foster Care
Gilbert W. Kliman, M.D. - Harvard Medical School

Licensure and Board Certification
  • Fellow and Diplomat of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Distinguished Life Fellow
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Certified in Psychoanalysis for Adults, Children and Adolescents by the American Psychoanalytic Association and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute
Dr. Kliman won the International Literary Prize for Best Book concerning the Well Being and Nurture of Children, "Responsible Parenthood" and is the recipient of grants from over 50 private foundations and The National Institute of Mental Health.

His research interests include the Psychological Trauma and Treatment of Severely Disturbed Children and their families, in-classroom psychotherapy.
4/17/2013 · Psychiatry
Preventive psychiatry is a branch of preventive or public health medicine. It aims to promote good mental health in individuals and to prevent the occurrence or reduce the incidence of psychiatric disease in a population.

3/8/2012 · Psychiatry
Here you will meet several children helped by Cornerstone who suffered from tragic losses and tragic circumstances. This chapter is essentially practical in its orientation to technique, describing several forms of treatment of bereaved children, with a minimum of theoretical essay. Probably the best definition of "mourning" for our current purposes is, "the totality of reaction to the loss of a loved object."

11/19/2011 · Psychiatry
Monroe was the kind of child from whom usually little is expected therapeutically. A member of a disadvantaged ethnic minority, he lived in the poverty of a big-city slum ghetto...

9/27/2011 · Psychiatry
The legal system and juries customarily weigh evidence more regularly than the psychoanalytic profession.

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Forensic Psychology
2706 Alternate 19 No.
Ste. 214
Palm Harbor FL 34685
USA
phone: 727-786-0600
fax: 727-787-8193
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Dr. Robert Evans, PhD, is a Licensed School Psychologist with over 30 years of experience in the behavioral sciences, including completing over 100 Child Custody Evaluations.

Dr. Evans serves as a consultant to the medical, legal, and law enforcement community in Florida on Psychological and Educational matters. He consulted with Orange County Public Defender with cases involving arrest and incarceration of children, including Competency Assessments and Insanity Determinations. He has also provided Critical Incident Stress Debriefings to victims of crime in the Central Florida area.

Litigation Support - Dr. Evans specializes in Parental Alienation cases which are commonly among those classified as High Conflict Divorce cases and he has written a book on Parental Alienation. He provides litigation support to counsel for both Plaintiff and Defense. His services include support with hearing / trial preparations, review of current evaluations, and support during and after the litigation process.

Dr. Evans has given sworn testimony as a Forensic Psychology expert witness in NY, IL, PA, GA, FL ID, CO, OH, TX, TN, LA, MA, MD, and OR.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Parental Alienation
  • Child Custody Evaluations
  • False Allegations of Abuse
  • Treatment Considerations for Alienated Children
  • Workplace Violence
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Sherryll Kraizer, PhD
460 S. Marion Parkway
Ste. 906
Denver CO 80209
USA
phone: 303-809-9001
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Sheryll Kraizer Child Safety Expert PhotoSherryll Kraizer, PhD,., is an internationally recognized expert and author in child sexual abuse, physical and emotional abuse, bullying, and child safety.

Background Experience - Dr. Kraizer was on the ground floor of the child abuse prevention field in the early ‘80s, working with the C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and founding the Coalition for Children. She has written many articles, books and curricula that address recognition, prevention and reporting of child abuse (including sexual, physical, emotional and neglect). She also has expertise in the areas of bullying, school safety, special education, and duty to supervise in a wide variety of settings.

Working with schools, religious organizations, community groups and treatment facilities, Dr. Kraizer has a deep and historically accurate understanding of the standard of care, policies and procedures, training, and supervision consistent with protecting children as they have evolved over time.

Dr. Kraizer has extensive experience in cases involving child abuse and bullying in youth serving organizations and institutional settings (i.e. schools, churches, foster care, youth groups, day care, treatment centers, residential facilities and hospitals), failure to properly train and supervise staff, failure to supervise children, child injury and death cases, abuse by teachers, clergy or staff members and child-on-child abuse. She is qualified to assess standard of care, policies, procedures, best practices and questions of negligence.

Litigation Support - Since 1992, Dr. Kraizer has worked nationally for plaintiffs and defendants alike. Understanding the issues on both sides, she is able to review your case and advise you on the strength of the evidence, areas for further discovery, deposition and trial preparation. As a forensic expert, she can assist you in asking the right questions to make informed decisions about each case.

Dr. Kraizer has extensive experience in cases involving:
  • Child Abuse or Injury/Accidents in Institutional Settings (i.e. private and public schools, churches, foster care, youth groups, day care, treatment centers, residential facilities, and hospitals)
  • Abuse Over Time Involving Multiple Victims
  • Child Sexual Abuse and Assault, Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse and Neglect
  • Boundary Violation
  • Standard of Care, Negligence and Best Practices
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Staff training and Supervision
  • Failure to Supervise
  • Sexual Abuse by Teachers, Clergy, Staff Members, Volunteers, and Child-On-Child Abuse
  • Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
  • Bullying and Interpersonal Violence
  • Wrongful Death
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Sherryll Kraizer, PhD
This book offers strategies on the latest forms of bullying, like cyber-bullying via instant message and networking sites. With anecdotes throughout, it book also teaches how to successfully approach another parent or a school about bullying.
Sherryll Kraizer, PhD
It's the most urgent and highly publicized issue facing America's family: how to teach our children to protect themselves in any situation. Based on the author's successful education workshop, which has been in operation since 1969 and has educated more than 50, 000 parents and children nationwide, The Safe Child Book gives parents effective and nonthreatening techniques for teaching children how to protect themselves without making them afraid.
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James E. Shaw, PhD
6709 La Tijera Blvd., Ste 121
Los Angeles CA 90045
USA
phone: 310-678-6950
fax: 866-590-1067
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James E. Shaw, PhD, is a Gang and Child Abuse Expert with over 15 years of experience. Dr. Shaw is a former Public School Law Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education and a former Director of Child Welfare for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District.

Federal Appointment: Dr. Shaw is currently on the Faculty of the United States Courts Office of Defender Services Training Branch.

Superior Court Appointment: Since 2003, Dr. Shaw has been, and is, a member of the Panel of Experts of the Los Angeles Superior Court, and works in Superior Courts nationwide, as a Gang expert.

Professional School Appointment: Dr. Shaw is on the Faculty of the California Southern University and teaches doctoral candidates (Psy.D.) in the university’s Behavioral Sciences Department.

Author / Speaker - Dr. Shaw is the author of the media-praised book, Jack and Jill, Why They Kill, based on his four year in-person/in-prison research on 103 girls and boys incarcerated for murder and homicide. Referred to on CNN as "the smart answer for today's troubled times," his book is used in universities and police academies nationwide. Dr. Shaw's forthcoming book is entitled GANGrene: Youth Terrorism USA .

A member of the professional speaker circuit, Dr. Shaw has worked with the Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau since 2002. Dr. Shaw is also a frequent guest on NBC, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC. He was an invited keynote speaker at the Columbine High School memorial ceremony in honor of the slain victims.

Megyn Kelly Interview on FOX News Re Newtown, CT School Shooting


Litigation Support - Dr. Shaw is a Gang Expert available to the Prosecution and Defense Bars. He specializes in helping attorneys attain their client-objectives, as (a) member of the Criminal defense team that ensures clients' Constitutional rights to a fair trial; and (b) a member of plaintiff or defendant teams in Civil cases where clients are seeking the attainment of objectives at settlement or trial.

Dr. Shaw provides written reports, trial consulting, jail visitation / interviewing, opinions, and testimony for lawyers and clients. He has a Civil practice and provides reports, opinions, depositions, and trial testimony in cases comprising School Violence, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Child Abuse Mandated Reporting Requirements.

Specialties:
  • Child Abuse Reporting Errors
  • Gang Culture
  • Gang Behavior
  • Street Terrorism
  • Enforcement and Prevention Act
  • RICO Testimony
  • DOJ / FBI Gang Profiling
  • School Safety
  • Youth Violence
  • Jail / Prison Violence
  • Drugs
  • CalGangs Database
  • It is a brand-new school year: 2011-2012. If there is any school superintendent in the nation who currently operates without formalized school safety plans in place (quite apart from the noticeable but ignored "thou-shalt-nots" festooned on campus walls, doors and fences), s/he needs to regard-as a wake-up scream-the thunderous allegations of negligence, child endangerment, foreseen traumatic event, breach of duty of care, sexual molestation, dereliction of duty, and reckless disregard hurled by a passing parade of aggrieved and angry parents, as they will set the pace nationwide in the filing of future lawsuits over the on-campus dangers and subsequent injuries and traumas, of various kinds and degrees, to their children.

    9/27/2016 · Security
    On June 14, 2013, the nation paused to pray and remember the unspeakably horrific shooting, a massacre that claimed 26 lives, on December 14, 2012, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown Connecticut. The cruel irony, as legions of the country's experts, myself included, continue to engage in differential diagnoses and soul-searching for answers as to who and what went wrong, is that Sandy Hook Elementary School probably could not have done anything more, different or better, to protect its students. Short of constructing a walled-in campus inside of which students would receive provisions and other necessities from the outside.

    7/25/2007 · Expert Witnessing
    Three friends of mine, all working expert witnesses, called me to recount their experiences with private investigators who interviewed them for prospective cases. One complained that the private investigator "asked me if I could stand up to a Daubert Hearing

    The unspeakable happened at Virginia Tech University, on April 16, 2007, reminding us all that murder at school has "graduated" from the campuses of high school to the hallowed halls of university. Thirty-two students went to school to get educated and, instead, got executed

    7/25/2007 · Child Welfare
    One wintry afternoon, a San Francisco-area attorney called me to ask if she could enlist my expertise for an assault and personal injury case involving a large high school where her teen-aged client had been viciously brutalized

    7/25/2006 · Expert Witnessing
    Late one night, my telephone rang, and on the other end was a high-profile criminal defense attorney with whom I have worked on gang cases and other kinds of juvenile justice proceedings. He said he had to meet me for lunch the following day

    James E. Shaw. PhD
    Dr. James E. Shaw, "the only researcher allowed inside some of the country's state youth prisons to conduct four-year interviews of children who killed,” brings, based on his professional case files, this novel featuring teenage Candela McQueen. Candela gets her life back together in state youth prison and emerges as an adult parolee to become lead singer of the hip-hop group JEZEBEL, and an international mega-celebrity. Her fan base, the "Great Dame Fan Club," is enormous. Diva Candela McQueen's thrilling and powerful story is an odyssey from love, trust, lust, money and betrayal, to forgiveness and redemption, as she overcomes one obstacle after another and keeps her eyes on the prize, winning against the odds.
    James E. Shaw, PhD
    A groundbreaking book by the leading authority in the field of adolescent violence, written for parents and educators.
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    Gloria Hochman
    Dir./Communications & Marketing
    1500 Walnut St.
    Suite 701
    Philadelphia PA 19102
    USA
    phone: 215-735-9988
    fax: 215-735-9410
    The National Adoption Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand adoption opportunities throughout the United States for children with special needs and those from minority cultures.

    Founded in 1972, the Center works with social workers and other adoption professionals to bring children and families together. Through its telecommunications network, (the National Adoption Exchange), adoption professionals list their available children and interested families and make "matches" between them. In this way, a child in Oregon, for example, can be matched with a family in Florida.

    There are presently 115 members on the National Adoption Exchange. They include social workers, members of parent groups, state adoption exchange staff and government officials. If you have a completed homestudy and are approved to adopt, you can register on the Exchange. An adoption coordinator will do a search to see if there are any children listed that match your interests.
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    Gary Foxcroft
    24 St Leonard’s House
    St Leonard’s Gate
    Lancaster Lancashire LA1 1NN
    GBR
    phone: 0845-313-8391
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    Gary Foxcroft has wide-ranging expertise working with Children Accused of Witchcraft. Mr. Foxcroft practices his specialty principally in Nigeria and the UK, but is available for consultation internationally. With degrees in Social, Cultural, Environmental and Developmental Studies from Derby and Lancaster Universities, he is uniquely qualified to detect the signs of Child Abuse linked to witchcraft accusations.

    Mr. Foxcroft has in-depth knowledge of the belief system itself, the factors that lead to the belief, the signs of child abuse, and UK and Nigerian policies in particular that relate to witchcraft accusations. He founded Stepping Stones Nigeria after first coming across the Child Witch Phenomenon in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria in 2006. Stepping Stones Nigeria has helped rescue and rehabilitate over 500 children accused of witchcraft since that time.

    Mr. Foxcroft has appeared on two UK documentaries, "Saving Africa's Witch Children" and "Return to Africa's Witch Children" both of which received critical acclaim winning BAFTA, EMMY and Amnesty International Film Awards. He continues to present papers at UNHCR and the UN Human Rights Council. Mr. Foxcroft also participates in various conferences and works closely with numerous news agencies around the world to raise awareness of the issue.
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    Israel Reyes, Esq.
    Managing Partner
    One Columbus Center
    1 Alhambra Plaza Ste. 1130
    Coral Gables FL 33134
    USA
    phone: 305-403-2272
    fax: 305-403-2273
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    Israel Reyes, Esq., Founder and Managing Partner of The Reyes Law Firm, P.A., has over 30 years of experience in the fields of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. He currently handles all types of civil and criminal litigation representing attorneys, receivers, commercial entities, and individuals.

    Background Experience:
    • Former Circuit Court Judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida - Appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush in 2003, Mr. Reyes retired in 2011, after approximately 30 years of public service.
    • Assistant State Attorney - Mr. Reyes served in the Racketeering / Organized Crime Unit, Civil Forfeiture Section. While there, he handled the litigation of civil forfeitures concentrating on illegal drug money laundering cases. He was one of the principal drafters of the revised state money laundering bill signed into law by Governor Bush in 2000.
    • Personal Injury Attorney - Mr. Reyes served as personal injury law associate handling the litigation of personal injury, wrongful death, and professional (medical malpractice) negligence cases, and civil actions.
    • Police Officer / Detective with the Miami-Dade Police Department - From 1980-1995, Mr. Reyes worked in the Homicide Bureau, Media Relations Section, and Special Investigations Division’s Criminal Conspiracy and Racketeering Squads. He served in the Organized Crime Bureau; U.S. Secret Service Task Force; Police Applicant Background Investigation Unit, Firearms Training Section, and Uniform Patrol Division, earning numerous commendations and awards.
    Litigation Support - With his extensive background in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, Israel Reyes offers wide ranging Alternative Dispute Resolution Services in civil, criminal, probate, and family law matters. He currently serves as an:
    • Arbitrator
    • Police Procedure Expert Witness
    • Attorney’s Fees Expert Witness
    • Private Judge
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Mediator
  • Special Magistrate
  • Insurance Umpire
  • View The Reyes Law Firm, P.A.'s Consulting Profile.
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    133 Falmouth Road
    PO Box 2422
    Mashpee MA 02649
    USA
    phone: 508-566-9304
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    Beth Wechsler, MSW, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in general practice for over 40 years. She specializes in Social Work and Behavioral and Social Sciences. Her practice includes the treatment of Children, Grief and Depression, and Families with Addiction.

    Ms. Wechsler has experience in Mental Health across children's services, in outpatient psychiatric settings, hospitals, schools and clinics. Working in complex, challenging situations, she is experienced in psychotherapy, case management, advocacy, and as a guardian ad litem and expert witness.

    Ms. Wechsler has delivered presentations and seminars for the American Institute of Medical Education, National Association of Social Workers, Cape Cod Symposium on Addictions, National Conference on the Adolescent, Harvard Graduate School of Education, MA School Counselors Association, and PESI.

    Litigation Support - Beth Wechsler offers expert witness services for cases involving injury to or death of children, dual role, and cases involving state or private agencies. Her expertise is available to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. She has served as an expert in FL, MA, MO, and MI.

    With extensive experience in Children's Services and Child Welfare, her areas of expertise include:
    • Child Abuse
    • Child Custody
    • Special Education
  • Addictions
  • Foster Care
  • General Standard of Care
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    Diana Birch. MD
    Medical Director
    30 Crystal Palace Park Road (Head Office)
    London SE26 6UG
    GBR
    phone: 44-20-8659-9926
    fax: 44-20-8659-3309
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    Diana Birch, MD, has extensive experience acting as an Expert Assessor and Expert Witness in a variety of Family and Child Care Actions both civil and criminal. She is very experienced in working with young people and families, particularly in child neglect and protection, family disturbance, substance abuse and domestic violence.

    Dr. Birch is a leading authority on:
    • Adolescence
    • Teenage Pregnancy and Early Parenting
    • Assessments - Day, Age, Emotional, Outpatient, and Community assessments
    • Psychopathic Personalities
    • Borderline Personalities
    • Learning Disabilities
    • Physical, Emotional and Sexual Abuse
    • Factitious Illness (Munchausen)
    • Family Conflicts such as Child Alienation
    For twenty years, Dr. Birch ran a residential assessment unit where she evaluated high risk families, substance and alcohol abuse patients and dealt with an age range from babies to grandparents. She now conducts assessments on an outreach and community basis.

    Dr. Birch has also worked with individuals and "private" cases such as custody disputes. The assessment work and medico legal context has meant that over 50 cases are reported on each year with equivalent court appearances. This has been formally evaluated in published work.

    Dr. Birch is a:
    • Member of the Academy of Experts (Checked expert)
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (for whom she is also an assessor for Paediatric Consultants)
    • Fellow Royal Institute Public Health
    • Fellow of Royal College of Physicians
    • Fellow of the Society for Adolescent Medicine (USA).
    Offices also in USA and Caribbean
    9/28/2012 · Child Welfare
    A belief is a conviction adhered to often in the face of factual evidence to the contrary. This paper inevitably represents my beliefs moulded by my experience of working with teenagers in London and tempered by my knowledge of the work of my colleagues.

    7/24/2012 · Child Welfare
    Children suffer the traumas and injustices of warfare and conflict without the ability to influence or control their circumstances. As refugees they become the flotsam of society drifting from one inhospitable country to another in search of safety. They have been with us for generations, their numbers fluctuating and their distribution changing as the adult world decides who to wage war on next.