Concerns about child's safety with an ex

Katherine Sellwood, PsyD Family Psychologist, shares advice for divorced parents on what to do if you are concerned about your child's safety with your ex
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Concerns about child's safety with an ex

If you’re concerned about the safety of your child’s, number one, you need to look at your motivation. Are you truly concerned for their wellbeing? Or number two, are you angry at your ex, because you feel like you’re a better parent, because they’re not doing what you would do? If number one is the case, if you are truly concerned for your child’s safety, there are two things that you can do. Number one, you can tell a mandated reporter. A mandated reporter is somebody like a teacher, a pediatrician, a doctor, a therapist. Someone who if there’s any suspicion of child abuse is mandated to report it to the local authorities and to Department of Children and Family Services. Another option that you have is remembering this number and calling 1-800-4-A-CHILD. This is a free service where you can call and talk to somebody. It’s a hotline that’s open 24 hours and you can let them know what your concerns are and they can let you know whether this is a reportable instance or not. If it is reportable, then they will call the local authorities and it will go to Department of Children and Family Services for further investigation.

Katherine Sellwood, PsyD Family Psychologist, shares advice for divorced parents on what to do if you are concerned about your child's safety with your ex


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Dr. Katherine Sellwood is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Encino, California, who specializes in child, adult and forensic family psychology. She began her Master's Degree training at Pepperdine University, continuing her education at C.S.P.P. to obtain a Doctoral Degree in the field of Clinical Psychology. Since entering the field in 1996, Dr. Sellwood has garnered a diverse professional background that includes working as an elementary and middle school counselor, college and regional center disabilities specialist, executive director of a non-profit organization in psychology, consulting psychologist at hospitals and in-patient medical facilities, and an academic Professor of Psychology at several graduate schools. Dr. Sellwood has been a guest lecturer presenting topics that include: anger management, early childhood development, play therapy techniques, taking a stand against teenage violence, developing resilience, treating children of divorce, loss and grief, adolescent girls and disordered body images, understanding behavioral difficulties.

Dr. Sellwood holds a license in clinical psychology through the state of California. She is on the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is a Diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology. Her professional affiliations also include The American Psychological Association, The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and The American Academy of Clinical Psychology. She has received professional honors and recognition through the Psy Chi National Honor Society of Psychology, the California Senate for excellence in school counseling, student nominated Who’s Who of America’s Teachers, and peer nominated Sierra Tucson’s Gratitude for Giving.

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