Worked with Kerner on two occasions. In my opinion, Kerner was disorganized and incompetent. I wished I would have used a solid mediator. If I had to do again, there is no way I would hire Kerner. One of those few moments in life that I would have sprinted out of his office knowing what I know now.
1 Washington SqSan Jose, CA 95192
Dr. Kerner was hired as a neutral and private custody evaluator to help our family make the right decisions with regards to our children. Dr. Kerner is pleasant and seems approachable during one-on-one meetings. However, he continuously diverted the attention from the issues related to the children to personal matters between my ex-husband and me. He took a detailed history of my background as if he was going to work with me as my therapist! I did mention to him personally that I'd rather talk about the children and how they have been taken care of since they were born, and I how they were cared for now after I had filed for divorce. He did not seem to be taking detailed notes during our one-on-one sessions or recording the sessions. As such, I was not surprised when he attributed quotes to me in the custody report that were factually incorrect. He also attributed quotes to my therapist and our marriage counselor that were faculty incorrect. Further, I believe the quotes he attributed to my children were made up by him to go with the flow of the story that he wanted to tell about the dynamics of our family in his custody report. I know my children quite well and what they would have been comfortable to share with someone whom they barely knew. The words attributed to my children sounded too mature for their age--words that I don't believe they would have spoken to express themselves. I regret very much giving Dr. Kerner permission to speak with my children privately, as I believe his interactions with them and our family created more disharmony and conflict than what we had before his involvement in our family matters.
Absolute power and money corrupts - I know Kerner has it in him to be fair and do a good job. He must know somethings about how to conduct a custody evaluation - there are ABA guidelines and protocols.Unfortunately, Kerner got too caught up in the money. Court insiders say he'll write whatever to whoever is throwing the most cash his way. He used to be fair, I talked to some people from years back and their custody case wasn't torpo'ed by his evaluations. I wish Kerner had stuck to his guns and not turned into a "yes" man inspired by his peers to put skills and science aside and accept bribes. Sad, and a waste. We could've used another good guy in the mix, but he is not that anymore.
I am so proud and happy for all they did cleaning my teeth. I am a senior that they accommodate my free dental cleaning. From the assessment ,xray and cleaning. Darla my student hygenist so nice and careful with understanding and knowledge about her course. With the follow up and checking of her instructor. Thank you for having a healthy teeth and smile. God bless.
My child went to this school for years, it wasn't till the last year and half or so is when we found out our child was being bullied. When we found out we notified the Principal (who is a joke) and that prompted a conference. When asked for a meeting with the parents to discuss what was taking place, the principal advised it was against school policy to meet with the families. The principal also said...I will not give a description of our meeting to any of the other parents Its important not to make anyone feel uncomfortable (so another words who cares about the child who was being bullied) Since the Bulling in the Principal eyes was not considered Bulling she basically swept it under the rug and told us what she is suppose to tell us but did NOTHING ABOUT. So the kids that where bulling my child had no consequences for their action. This has been a NIGHTMARE to our whole family and traumatizing to our child . We decided to pull our child out of this school and move her to another school in the middle of 5th grade. I STRONGLY suggest you do NOT send your child/children to this school and please spread the word.
I would give Dr. Kerner, and his staff, 100 stars if I could. Dr. Kerner worked with my family in a very challenging and complicated custody case. Custody disputes are often long, emotionally draining, weighty, scary, wrought with uncertainly and conflict, and likely one of the most challenging experiences any parent will endure with regards to their child(ren). During such a crisis, people need compassion, caring, understanding, and to know that professionals handling the custody evaluation have it together, can be counted on, and will ultimately make decisions in the best interest of the child(ren). Custody disputes are bad enough, adding the stress of incompetent evaluators could be absolute crazy-making. That is why I strongly recommend Dr. Michael Kerner should you need a custody evaluator. Administratively, his office is run professionally, they respond to communications promptly and with care, they work well with attorneys as well as parents, they are on time with appointments, follow-up with contacts, help coordinate home/school visits, keep you informed about where in the process you are, and most importantly, try their best to complete each evaluation in 60 days. My attorney has clients waiting almost a YEAR for the completion of a basic evaluation! I can not imagine the added stress that would cause in an already strained situation! Dr. Kerner's reports are very thorough, well researched and written, complete, and leave no stone unturned. His recommendations for visitation is fair, unbiased, and always what is truly in the best interest of the child(ren) in question.Dr. Kerner and his staff made going through this stressful experience as manageable as possible. I always felt listened to, trusted Dr. Kerner's observations, and was impressed with his interactions with my young child. Dr. Kerner is an astute man, with significant practical experience and a CV that would impress anyone. More than his work accomplishments, his gentle and approachable nature make him easy to talk to. He was well received by all of those in my family who had the opportunity to speak with him. Dr. Kerner, with his 25+ years of experience in custody work, truly knows what to look for in terms of family relationships. He understands what familial behaviors are most damaging to children and he can identify red-flags in such a way that a less experiences evaluator might miss. Dr. Kerner saw patterns and identified issues without having to be told about them, as his extensive experience gave him so much insight.In all custody situations, there will be one party that will be pleased with an outcome, and one party that will be less than pleased. I was impressed with the compassion that Dr. Kerner showed to me and to my child's father throughout this process. He made no assumptions about us and allowed us to tell him what was going on, from our own experiences. He made a recommendation to the court based on what he saw and learned, not on what I wanted or my former partner wanted, but what was best for our child.Though not the most economical of evaluators out there, he provided the best possible service one could ask for. The adage of "you get what you pay for" rings true here. Dr. Kerner and his staff seem incapable of a half-assed job, and go above and beyond to get it right. If you find yourself in a custody challenge, isn't knowing that the most experienced professional possible will determine and recommend what is truly in the best interest of your child(ren) worth any cost? I think so, and in fact, I can't think of anything worth more.I recommend Dr. Michael Kerner whole-heartedly and without hesitation.
Dr. Kerner embodies the ethical practice of psychology. He taught ethics at an examination prep class I took. He does much more than is required when he is teaching. It is easy to spot his integrity once you meet with him.
Dr. Kerner was very helpful! Great custody evaluator, really cares about the kids.
Dr. Kerner is a professional who cares deeply about his work. As a forensic psychologist he works closely with the courts to resolve complex custody and visitation matters in the best interest of the child. He is well respected by the court system and his opinions and recommendations are taken with high regard. I would highly recommend Dr. Kerner without reservation.
I have used a multitude of court appointed experts in 18 years of practice. I was shocked to see so many negative reviews. I can tell you the judges respect him. I've had a judge recently tell everyone in open court how helpful Dr Kerner was in the matter and it was an extremely high conflict case that has been going on for years. Unfortunately, in this line of work, you will always have at least one person unhappy and feel like they didn't get all their facts in but Dr Kerner is on a short list of about 8 total mental health care professionals in Santa Clara and San Mateo for high conflct cases. I've used him as a joint expert and as my own expert. I've had clients with him for YEARS and they don't always agree with him. Not by a long shot but he kept them out of court.