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A gal usually has no psychological training... it is my understanding that they take about a 30 hr course to become a gal. Anyway, maybe she does consider herself an evaluator. I personally have never heard of a gal being able to conduct an investigation of the family. With that said, she probably does consider herself an evaluator as she plays the role of psychiatrist, psychologist, judge and jury. She does not understand the issues in this case to say the least. False allegations by my own children have been made against me-- I am finding this out after 11 months of her being on the case. I don't know what the allegations are but I have done nothing inappropriate with my kids. I believe she believes that the allegations are true.
I don't know whether a psychologist can get to the bottom of it. And I think a custody evaluator might stand a chance but the GAL claims that an evaluator would be a waste of time.
What training do GAL's have in interviewing children or developmental psychology? What training do they have that would enable them to perform a custody eval?