Congratulations to Lyn Greenberg as the recipient of the SCCAP Promoting Evidence-Based Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents Award!
This award is intended to recognize a clinical child and adolescent practitioner who has made a significant and enduring impact on promoting awareness, accessibility, and/or implementation of evidence-based mental health services for children and adolescents.
Dr. Greenberg is a leader in establishing and maintaining a research-informed foundation for stakeholders in the field of forensic family law psychology. Dr. Greenberg, along with her late colleague Lynda Doi Fick, developed the Child-Centered Conjoint Therapy Model, an evidence-based model for court-involved families. She later refined the model in collaboration with Judge Robert Schnider, former supervising judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court Family Law Section, as well as other attorneys and judicial officers.
Dr. Greenberg has developed training materials, publications and presentations to frame the model in terms that can be understood by non-mental-health-professionals, particularly the children’s attorneys and judicial officers. The model emphasizes coping abilities and early intervention, and is adaptable to a wide range of court-involved families. Frank Davis, PhD, Association of Family Conciliation Courts, California (AFCC-CA) President-Elect said that “Her work has been and continues to be used to inform and direct much of the California legislation and policy making that govern the activity and work of family law attorneys, judges, and mental health professionals who serve court-involved children and families. Additionally, many family law attorneys, judges, and forensic family law mental health professionals use and refer to Dr.Greenberg’s work to inform their practices so as to be better prepared to meet the needs of court-involved children and families.” Many aspects of Dr. Greenberg’s model were also incorporated into practice and reforms in the Family Court of Western Australia, where legal aid and children’s attorneys have used them to craft appropriate orders to ensure that mental health professionals are being appointed to provide evidence-informed services.
Dr. Greenberg was also an early advocate for professional guidelines to assist court-involved therapists and served as a key contributor to the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ Guidelines for Court-Involved Therapists. She also served on the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Working Group to Review Scientific Literature for High Conflict Family Relationships with Child Involvement, was an invited contributor to the APA Handbook on Family Psychology, and recently published a co-edited book, Evidence-Informed Interventions for Court-Involved Families (2019).
SCCAP is proud to highlight the accomplishments and impact of its practice members.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lyn Greenberg.
Steve Hinshaw, Ph.D.
President, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Amanda Jensen-Doss, Ph.D.
Practice Award Chair
Member-at-Large, Science and Practice