Coping with Divorce for Children

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Coping with Divorce

A licensed clinical psychologist and social worker, Dr. Miriam Galindo has been part of an approved panel of experts for Orange County Superior Court since 2005. Dr. Miriam Galindo has been able to work with children and their families through many different aspects of a divorce, and she has a strong understanding of the psychological effects of divorce on a child.

Most of the effects of divorce on a child have less to do with the custodial situation, or even the change in environment, as the uncertainty involved in the divorce process. The presentation of new issues such as parental conflict and the lack of a unified front between parents can be difficult for children. Initial adjustment for children typically takes about two years.

Younger children tend to blame themselves and often imagine their parents getting back together. Older children, meanwhile, see the breakdown of trust and unity in their family relationships and become more independent. In many cases, it also has a negative effect on their first serious romantic relationships, which they expect to fail.

Negative effects of divorce can be mitigated with loving communication from both parents as well as reliable, consistent communication. Children whose divorced parents can maintain amiable relations in front of the child and make time for the child’s needs are more likely to adjust well.

Physically Abused Children Have Trouble Identifying Rewards

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Dr. Miriam Galindo

Miriam Galindo is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Irvine, California. Miriam Galindo also has served as a therapist in the Child Abuse Prevention Program at CSP, Inc., in Lake Forest, California.

A study performed by psychologist Dr. Jamie Hanson of the University of Pittsburgh indicates that physically abused children are less able to make choices that lead to rewards. Children who experience abuse often grow up in environments where punishment is always looming and rewards are rare and unpredictable. Thus, they don’t have the ability to adapt to new rules.

The researchers performed an experiment where abused and nonabused children had to choose between pictures of objects to earn points for a prize. One of the pictures was randomly chosen to award points significantly more frequently than the other. While both sets of children chose higher-value images more often as the trial progressed, the physically abused children lagged behind, choosing the correct picture in 131 out of 200 trials. The nonabused children chose the image 151 times out of 200.

Scientists posit the unpredictability and inconsistency of rewards at home may affect the decision-making abilities of abused children in social situations.

Children Communicate Complex Feelings through Play Therapy

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Play Therapy

Licensed psychologist and social worker Dr. Miriam Galindo has years of experience working with at-risk children and families. Today, Dr. Miriam Galindo treats juvenile patients in her work as a play therapist.

Play therapy is a growing form of mental health treatment for children of all ages, though the technique is said to be most effective for patients between the ages of 3 and 12. In play therapy, children are presented with a variety of toys designed to encourage creative fantasy play as well as toys that make it possible to demonstrate scenarios from real life.

Play therapists work to create a supportive bond with the children in a safe environment, allowing the children to feel comfortable enough to use the toys as a means of communicating their feelings symbolically through play. This mode of communication may allow the children to express feelings, fears, and ideas that they do not yet have the verbal language to explain.

Play therapy is often used to help children who live through traumatic experiences, including domestic violence, grief, disfigurement, and sexual abuse. Parents often seek the help of a play therapist when their child begins to display unusual traits or behaviors, including anxiety, aggression, social difficulties, and poor school performance.

How Co-Parenting Counseling Can Help in High-Conflict Cases


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Co-Parenting Counseling

The Importance of Culturally Informed Child Custody Evaluations

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Dr. Miriam Galindo

Dr. Miriam Galindo is a licensed clinical psychologist and social worker who earned her Doctor of Psychology from Anaheim’s Trinity College of Graduate Studies in 2007. Since 2005, Miriam Galindo has evaluated 286 child custody cases and focused her postgraduate dissertation on the subject of Religion and the Best Interest Standard in Child Custody Evaluations.

The American Psychological Association lists 14 important guidelines for conducting child custody evaluations, one of them being “Psychologists strive to engage in culturally informed, nondiscriminatory evaluation practices.” One of the most important things for psychologists when evaluating child custody cases is to be aware of their own biases – and those of others – against gender, race, age, religion or nationality. Data collection and its interpretation can be misconstrued with a lack of culturally competent insight.

Should the subject of examination possess a cultural or racial background with which the evaluator is unfamiliar, the psychologist is directed to prepare and conduct the evaluation with informed peer consultation and extensive literature review.

What is a 730 Custody Evaluation?

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Dr. Miriam Galindo

Dr. Miriam Galindo is a licensed psychologist and social worker practicing at Galindo and Associates, Inc., in Irvine, California. In addition, Dr. Miriam Galindo is a member of an approved panel of experts for Orange County Superior Court. She completed a 730 Evaluation for the high-profile 2014 Tamra Barney custody case.

Essentially, a 730 Evaluation is a child custody evaluation that is used in divorce cases when the court needs an expert’s opinion on the mental health and the ability of one or both parent(s) to care for a child. These evaluations look specifically into the parenting practices and routines of one or more of the parents, and whether or not they are beneficial and healthy for the children.

However, 730 Evaluations are not routine for every divorce case. They are mandated only in cases in which a child’s safety, wellbeing, or best interest is in question. The evaluator is chosen by the judge, and to qualify, he or she must fulfill a set of requirements and certifications, such as training in child psychology, custody procedures, the parent-child relationship, and more.

Adopt An Animal – And Conserve Their Habitat

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National Wildlife Federation

Dr. Miriam Galindo is a licensed clinical psychologist and social worker based in Irvine, California, where she shares a private practice with her husband, Jorge Galindo, MFT. A specialist in providing counseling during high-conflict divorce cases, Dr. Miriam Galindo is a member of the National Wildlife Federation outside of her work.

The National Wildlife Federation is a national non-profit organization founded for the purpose of nature conservation, as well as educating and advocating their causes. The National Wildlife Federation is a long-established organization over 75 years old and stands today one of the most prolific conservationist groups in the United States.

As a national non-profit, the National Wildlife Federation has a lot of territory to cover, and many species to protect. One way in which the organization combats this issue is its Adoption Center. This program invites volunteers to symbolically adopt a particular species of animal about which they are passionate and give funds specifically for conservation efforts on behalf of that animal. As the donation is also accompanied by a stuffed animal of chosen species, the Adoption Center is popular with younger conservation enthusiasts and also serves as a way to get younger generations interested in the cause.