Brigitte G. Dutil, ATR, LPCC, LMFT
A Brief Focused Assessment (BFA) is appropriate for obtaining answers to many of the same
questions addressed in a custody evaluation.  A BFA is used when a comprehensive evaluation
is not warranted, yet specific information is needed to provide answers in a focused area of
concern. The intent of this assessment is to provide the parties and their attorneys with
information in a specified, focused area that may be helpful to the parties' ability to be self-
determining and reach settlement as related to the best interests of their child(ren). Parties have
the opportunity to learn a different perspective from the report and to voluntarily follow the
resulting recommendations, verses being court ordered to do so.

This model of the Brief Focused Assessment is a private and confidential process. The parties
agree that I will not be subpoenaed to testify as a witness in this case.  No portion of the report
or the file will be admissible as evidence in court or in any other adversarial process in the
future. If the parties later choose to litigate the issue addressed by this assessment and want to
include an assessment and related findings in their litigation, the assessment process would
have to begin again with a different mental health professional.
Brief Focused Assessment
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Family Mediator, Collaborative Divorce Professional
Parenting Plan Coordinator, Psychotherapist

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist LMFT42451
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor LPCC462
Registered Art Therapist ATR05-022