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Email : JimSim10@outlook.com   |   Phone : (605) 484 5294   |   Address : 2650 Jackson Blvd STE 19B, Rapid City, SD 57702

Services Offered

Counseling

During Individual and Family Counseling, individuals are seen for a variety of concerns; however the focus of this practice is about helping children and parents cope and deal effectively with changes when their family is restructured, particularly after a divorce. We see children and their parents, individually or together; the mother and the child, the father and the child, or siblings as a group.

Dr. Simpson's approach is to use a cognitive therapy style bolstered by some education related to grief, loss, change, and restructuring our lives after a crisis.

Consultation

Consultation on custody matters is offered to individuals, parents, attorneys and other interested parties.

Mediation

Mediation is another way to resolve disputes where both parties are actively involved in creating a solution. Individuals can use this service to develop a parenting agreement, child visitation schedule, or resolve differences that might arise in their parenting plan.

Parenting Coordination

Working as a Parent Coordinator is another significant and related follow-up service provided after changes in family settings occur. The role of a Parenting Coordinator may vary within each family setting and includes facilitating improved communication and positive interaction, encouraging lower conflict exchanges, and staying attentive to the needs of children until the families of concern seem able to function more effectively.

Evaluations & Custody Home Studies

A custody home study is a process in which a custody evaluator identifies the parenting strengths and weaknesses of the parenting figures in a child's life and determines the needs of a child/children based on age and developmental status. Once this has been accomplished, the evaluator attempts to make a goodness of fit. In other words, the evaluator attempts to match the child/children with the parent best suited to meet the child/children's needs at the point in time. This is done for time spent with and for who is determined to be responsible for making certain decisions such as education, medical and religious matters. As long as there is joint legal custody, both parents should be involved in these decisions, however with primary custody comes the responsibility for taking the lead in these matters. This is a time and energy intensive effort.

The evaluator needs to have the education, training and experience to conduct these studies. Furthermore, the evaluator should have the ability to prepare a report for the parents, caregivers and courts that outlines the methodology:
The instruments used:
  • Identifies tasks requested of the participants
  • Identifies methods utilized by the evaluator;
  • Interview
  • Observation
  • Formal testing, etc.
Lists documents reviewed and considered by the evaluator:
  • Discusses and analyzes test results
  • Provides recommendations that;
  • Are research based
  • Considers the current literature on the subjects of;
  • Family dynamics
  • Parent/child interaction
  • Child development
As a custody evaluator in South Dakota, I am one of only two professionals who hold the Nationally Certified Custody Evaluator level of credentialing. To have that credential, an evaluator is required to have training in: child development; psychopathology of children and adults; family dynamics, including, but not limited to parent-child relationships, blended families, and extended family relationships; research, theory, policy and practice regarding divorce and child custody issues and the effects of separation, divorce, custody arrangements, and parental conflict on the psychopathological and developmental needs of children and adults. The evaluator is also required to have engaged in at least five (5) highly conflicted custody court cases. There are only two people in the State of South Dakota and one in North Dakota who possess that credential. There are approximately 146 custody evaluators throughout the United States who have this credential.