First right of refusal for scheduled visits

Katherine Sellwood, PsyD Family Psychologist, shares advice for divorced parents on first right of refusal for scheduled visits and how it applies to various situations
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First right of refusal for scheduled visits

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If one parent is unavailable during the scheduled visit, there’s something that’s called first right of refusal. But this is for overnights only. And this is where if the custodial parent is going to be out of town, rather than having the child stay with a third party caregiver, the non-custodial parent is actually offered this first right of refusal. But it’s for overnights only. If the parent, if the custodial parent, is unavailable for things such as a tutoring appointment, or a therapy appointment, or an occupational therapy appointment, or pick up and drop off – that they can delineate to someone else. First right of refusal is for overnights only.

Katherine Sellwood, PsyD Family Psychologist, shares advice for divorced parents on first right of refusal for scheduled visits and how it applies to various situations

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Katherine Sellwood, PsyD

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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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