PACE has been recognized as a national mental health professional organization since 1991, certifying qualified mental health professionals to practice the specialties of custody evaluator and/or parenting coordinator.

It was founded by two custody experts with vast experience at the request of numerous judges and attorneys around the country who wanted an independent means of assessing the education, training and experience of persons claiming expertise in custody assessment and in various custody-related therapies and roles.

Dr. Barry Bricklin has served on the faculties of three medical schools and two universities where he conducted custody-related research over a span of fifty years. He and Dr. Gail Elliot have developed many child custody evaluation tools, and have authored many journal articles and contributed to texts on custody-related issues.

In addition to presenting seminars (PACE is an APA approved sponsor for providing continuing education) for many years on how to conduct child custody evaluations and the role of parenting coordinators in the divorce process, Drs. Bricklin and Elliot have been invited to lecture on custody-related subjects throughout the United States and Canada and for the government of China in Hong Kong.