Should I Bring an Apple?

This coming Tuesday I begin the nine week course in Higher Purpose Parenting taught by Dorcy Pruter. 

I’m taking the nine week Webinar course because I believe it is consistent with my professional obligation as a clinical psychologist to maintain my professional knowledge and professional competence (Standard 2.03). 

Every two years, clinical psychologists in California renew their license.  As part of this two-year renewal, the psychologist must complete 36 hours of continuing education.

It is the professional obligation of psychologists to continually seek knowledge and education, it is our professional obligation to stay abreast of current and emerging developments.

This obligation to seek knowledge is even codified into the ethics code of the APA:

Standard 2.03 Maintaining Competence
Psychologists undertake ongoing efforts to develop and maintain their competence.

Dorcy’s approach to extracting a trauma pathogen from the trans-generational flow is impressive.  I understand what she’s doing.  It will be successful.  I want to learn more.  Not because I’m going to incorporate Higher Purpose Parenting into my work.   I’m not particularly.  I know enough to know the limits of what I should and should not be doing.  I know what I don’t know, if that makes any sense.  I’m smart enough to know what I should leave to others.

I’m going to leave implementing Higher Purpose Parenting to Dorcy and her coaches.  I’m going to absorb information, and I’m going to let it percolate with the other information structures of the pathology.  I want to know more about what she’s doing from my professional appreciation for the nature and quality of the intervention, for coordination of services implications, and for the insights her approach has for understanding the nature of trauma and solution.

This coming Tuesday is my first day of class.  I’m excited.  Should I bring an apple?

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857

The Petition to the APA: Washington DC

The first week of June, Wendy Perry, Rod McCall, and I are traveling to Washington, D.C. to present the Petition to the APA to the APA.  I will be contacting the APA in the upcoming weeks and months to discuss planning for a formal presentation event.

Ginger Gentile of the documentary Erasing Family will be joining us with her film crew to cover the presentation event.  This is huge, because it will help motivate the APA to be pleasant and cooperative in planning an appropriate presentation event.

If they want the event to simply be handing the Petition to the APA to the security guard… we can do that… but such insensitivity by the APA to the suffering of parents is going to be captured on film.  I am confident that with our oh-so-pleasant invitation for cooperation, the APA will offer an appropriate representative to accept the Petition to the APA.  We’ll also be seeking a separate meeting with representatives of the APA at which the voice of targeted-chosen parents can be heard.

Thank you Ginger.  Your support is immensely important to bringing the voice of targeted-chosen parents to the APA.

The annual convention of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) is also being held in Washington, D.C. that week, offering us an additional opportunity for the voice of targeted-chosen parents to be heard by the primary legal-psychological professional organization involved in child custody and high-conflict divorce.

Our Agenda

Here is our proposed agenda for the Washington, D.C. trip.            

Wednesday 6/6

Day 1 Morning:  Press conference
Day 1 Afternoon:  Visit congressional offices

Thursday 6/7

Day 2 Morning: APA presentation event
Day 2 Afternoon:  Meeting with APA representative

Friday 6/8

Day 3 Morning: Visit congressional offices
Day 3 Afternoon: Visit congressional offices
Day 3 Evening: Erasing Family fundraiser

Saturday 6/9

4-hour Seminar: Dr. Childress & Dorcy Pruter
Solutions to Parental Alienation in High-Conflict Divorce

The Delegation

The Petition to the APA is your voice.  This isn’t about me, it’s about you and your children.  Which is why I asked Wendy Perry and Rod McCall to join me in making the formal presentation of the Petition to the APA. 

Wendy and Rod both agreed to travel to Washington D.C. at their own expense for the presentation of the Petition to the APA.  Which leads to my first request for support from targeted-chosen parents. 

The Childress Institute for Child Development is now up and operational as a 501c3 non-profit with a Board of Directors governing its operation.  The Childress Institute will support my speaking and training of mental health and legal professionals in AB-PA.  Once we solve “parental alienation,” the focus of The Childress Institute for Child Development will shift to unraveling and solving the terrorist mind and pathological violence, seminars in healthy parenting for all parents, revising our foundational approach to educating children, and healing the trauma mindset of prisoners to reduce the rate of prison recidivism.  I’m planning to start each of these projects once we solve “parental alienation,” leaving a legacy for healthy child development that will outlive my tenure on the planet.

As the first formal act of the Childress Institute, I am asking for contributions to reimburse Wendy Perry and Rod McCall for their travel expenses to Washington, D.C.  I did not discuss reimbursing them prior to my invitation, and they have both spent their own money for hotel reservations and airfare.  They are your voice with me.  Please help to reimburse their travel expenses by making a tax deductible contribution to The Childress Institute. 

Donations to The Childress Institute for Child Development

I know that fighting the pathology of “parental alienation” is exceedingly expensive.  But whatever you can afford to help Wendy and Rod with their travel expenses would be greatly appreciated.

What about my travel expenses?  I’ll cover my own expenses.  Wendy and Rod are my priority.  No one is rich here.  They could use your help.  If we receive enough donations to zero-out their travel expenses, any addition money collected by The Childress Institute will be used to purchase an event table at the AFCC convention.  I’ll talk about that shortly.

There was discussion of possibly including the voice of now-adult children of alienation in our presentation event to the APA.  Wendy, Rod, and I decided against including a representative of now-adult children of alienation for a couple of reasons.  First, and most importantly, parents speak for children.  We do not use the child to make our point.  Parents protect children, parents speak for children.  We have this.  We will carry the voice of children.

And trust me, Eryk will be with us in Rod. (For the Love of Eryk)

So we will not be including a representative of now-adult children of alienation in the formal presentation event to the APA.

At the same time, children have a voice, and we want to respect the authenticity of children’s voice.  Adults have the right to discuss their lives and childhood experiences.  Now-adult children of alienation have a right to their voice.  We would like to honor and respect that voice in the following ways:

1.)  We would like representation from the voice of now-adult children of alienation at the opening press conference (I’ll discuss this shortly). 

2.)  We would like representation from the voice of now-adult children of alienation at the meeting with the APA following the presentation event. 

3.)  We would like representation from the voice of now-adult children of alienation at the visits to the congressional offices.

4.)  I would invite representation from the voice of now-adult children at The Childress Institute event table at the AFCC convention.

It’s just at the formal presentation event that we want parents to speak for children.  That’s the right thing to do.

Dorcy Pruter

When Dorcy learned that Wendy, Rod, and I were traveling to Washington, D.C., she wanted so much to be part of the trip and the delegation.  I said no.  She is too bright a luminary.  I want this to be the quiet voice of all the parents everywhere.  Wendy and Rod can fully carry this voice.

In my participation at the various activities, I plan to only make a brief introductory statement at each event before turning the floor over to Wendy and Rod, and the other participants at the events.  I am merely a conduit for the voice of parents and children.  I plan to get out of the way.  There will be time enough for my voice.  This is about the suffering of targeted-chosen parents and their children, and their call for solution.

Dorcy is also an immensely powerful voice in the solution, and her participation would be extremely valuable.  Dorcy will be coming to Washington, D.C. and she will be participating in all of the surrounding events, the press conference, the separate meeting with the APA (anticipating that this can be arranged), and perhaps some of the visits to the congressional offices.  But the congressional office visits are not as important a venue for Dorcy’s voice than is the AFCC convention in Washinton, D.C. that week.

The Childress Institute is going to purchase an event table at the AFCC convention, and Dorcy has agreed to staff that table as much as she is able to bring the voice of parents and children, and the call for solution, to the AFCC.

Erasing Family

Ginger Gentile from the documentary Erasing Family will be holding a fund-raising event on Friday evening.  Dorcy and I will both be at this fundraising event, meeting and exchanging ideas with the people who attend.

I am inviting Ginger to also participate in all aspects of the week’s events.  I would like her on the dias at the press conference to discuss her documentary and the voices of children and families.  Similarly, I would like her in the separate meeting with the APA to again offer the voice of children and families.  If she wants to film some of the congressional office visits, that’s fine with me and we will make prior arrangements with the congressional offices for permission and cooperation with the filming.  If Ginger wants to simply attend these congressional office visits and speak to the voice of children and families, that’s fine too.

At each event, we will highlight the Friday evening soiree of the Erasing Family fundraiser, inviting congressional staffers, APA representatives, and AFCC convention participants (attorneys and mental health professionals) to come to the Friday evening Erasing Family event.

The Erasing Family fundraiser will be the crescendo focal point for the week’s activities.

Saturday Seminar

The formal week’s events end on Friday with the Erasing Family soiree event.  Wendy and Rod are free to return home or sight see in Washington, D.C.

Dorcy and I, on the other hand, have one more event. 

Dorcy and I are going to conduct a 4-hour seminar on Saturday 6/9 on the Solution to Parental Alienation in High-Conflict Divorce.  Hopefully we can generate interest from the legal and mental health professionals attending the AFCC convention, from APA representatives, and from congressional staffers.

The Dorcy & Dr. Childress Seminar on Saturday is like an epilogue to the week’s event.

The Press Conference

We want to begin the week’s activities with a press conference.  At the dias I would like Wendy, Rod, Ginger, Dorcy, and a representative of now-adult children.

Needless to say, I don’t know anything about putting on a press conference.  I’m going to need some help in this if it is to happen.  Everything is in the hands of the universe, so we’ll see what happens.  But for my part, I’m going to try to learn as much as I can in the next few months to be able to put together this opening press conference event.

Congressional Office Visits

Wendy, Rod, and I will be arranging visits with the offices of our congressional representatives.  We may not be able to meet directly with our representatives, but I’m fairly confident we can at least arrange meetings with their congressional staffers.  Ginger, Dorcy, and a representative for now-adult children are invited to join us for these meetings.

At these meetings, we will be inviting the congressional staffers to the Friday evening Erasing Family soiree and the Saturday Dorcy and Dr. Childress Seminar on solutions.

AFCC Convention

The Childress Institute is going to purchase an event table at the AFCC convention.  I will pay for this out of my own pocket, but if The Childress Institute is able to collect donations that zero-out Wendy and Rod’s travel expenses, then any additional money will be put toward purchasing this event table.

I’m probably going to be pretty busy during the week’s events, so I’m not likely to be at the AFCC event table very much.  I’ll have materials there, along with flyers to the Erasing Family fundraising event on Friday evening and flyers for the Saturday seminar with Dr. Childress and Dorcy on solutions to “parental alienation.” 

I’m hoping to drop by the event table for at least two-hours each day, with the schedule for my personal availability at the event table posted at the table, so that anyone who wants to speak with me personally can drop by the event table at these times and I’ll be there.

In the meantime, Dorcy will also provide coverage at The Childress Institute event table for times that I’m unavailable.  We’ll have my materials at the table.  Dorcy will also have her materials at the table.  And we’ll have flyers at the AFCC event table for the Friday Erasing Family fundraiser and the Saturday Dorcy and Dr. Childress seminar.

For times that neither Dorcy nor I are available to staff the table, it may go unattended, or we may be able to arrange for a volunteer who lives in the D.C. area to staff the table.  We’ll see what happens.

Your Voice

Everything is in the hands of the universe.  Each of us has our roles to play.  My role in this is to serve as the catalyst for making this event happen, and then to serve as the conduit to facilitate the voice of parents and their children.

Your voice is the Petition to the APA (16,718 signatures).  Your voice becomes more powerful with more signatures.  Is 16,718 signatures enough?  It is for me.  You have given me a strong enough voice to take to the APA.  But if I were a targeted parent, I’d want to make my voice as strong as possible.  Are there only 16,000 people in the world affected by “parental alienation”?  There are supposedly hundreds of thousands of parents, grandparents, extended family, and friends who have been affected by the pathology of “parental alienation.”  So…

This is your voice.  Wendy, Rod, and I are bringing your voice to the APA.  How strong that voice will ultimately be by June of this year is up to you.

Washington, D.C.

That’s the initial plan.  Things seldom work out as planned, and I understand that all of this is in the hands of the universe. 

Thank you to Wendy and Rod.  Thank you to Ginger.  Thank you to Dorcy.  And thank you to all of you who support us in bringing the voice of targeted parents and their children to the APA.

I also want to acknowledge Howie Dennision for his prior and ongoing advocacy with the APA and Jason Hofer for the prior petition he wrote calling for change.  Their work has been formative to the Petition to the APA and to the week in Washingon, D.C.  This is an extension of their prior efforts.

The world is changing.  We are bringing your voice to the APA.  The solution is coming.  We will not stop until all of your children, including your now-adult children are back in your arms.

Donations to The Childress Institute for Child Development

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 1885

 

Dangerous

I have now had a threat relayed to me back-channel that if the criticism of Karen Woodall by people does not stop,

“…there is consideration of complaints to Police and regulatory authorities about your Posts.”

Here is the full threat that was delivered to me by a supposed “friend” and ally:

“The debate has now provoked such abuse and harassment from the public that there is consideration of complaints to Police and regulatory authorities about your Posts.”

I am being threatened in order to silence you… a message delivered to me back-channel by a supposed “friend” and ally that if I don’t act to silence your criticism of Karen Woodall then I will face “complaints to Police and regulatory authorities” about my Posts.

Apparently, we are not allowed to criticize Karen Woodall.  We must all accept what she says without question, criticism, or debate.

Nonsense.

Do I care about the threat?  Not one bit.  There is nothing in my posts that is problematic on either legal or regulatory grounds.

But I want to be clear, criticizing Karen Woodall is now dangerous.  I have been put on notice that I face legal retaliation against me if targeted parents continue to criticize Karen Woodall.  The threat is designed to induce me to silence you.

I don’t care about the threat to me… bring it.  But if I am now at risk, then that means that you are now at risk too.  It has become dangerous to criticize Karen Woodall.  If you criticize Karen Woodall you may face legal retaliation.  Be careful.  Criticizing Karen Woodall is dangerous.

This threat has now been made directly to me back-channel by a supposed “friend.”  I am passing it along.  Do not criticize Karen Woodall.  She will not abide criticism.  She will retaliate against critics to silence them.  Be careful.

Do not criticize Karen Woodall.

And my offer still stands for a professional level discussion of the pathology:

Conversation Between Karen Woodall & Dr. Childress

Not Relevant

At this point, Karen Woodall is not relevant to a professional-level discussion of the issues.  The only thing that matters is a solution to the pathology.  I don’t care how may angels can dance on the head of a pin.  Until Karen Woodall describes a path to a solution using the Gardnerian eight diagnostic symptoms, she is not relevant to a professional-level discussion.

I describe in comprehensive detail the path to the solution using the Bowlby-Minuchin-Beck model of AB-PA:

The Solution: The Return to Professional Practice

The Solution: The Dominoes

We are going to enact this solution.  We begin with a return to standard and established constructs and principles of professional psychology.  From this professional foundation, we are going to establish professional standards of practice for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce (AB-PA).  Once we establish this ground baseline for professional competence, we will then move into establishing professional expertise.

The Gardnerian PAS “experts” are simply obstructionists (describe the path to a solution using the Gardnerian PAS diagnostic model), and they are quickly moving into irrelevancy, and actually they have already arrived at irrelevancy.

Karen Woodall is dangerous.  She will not abide criticism.  Do not criticize Karen Woodall.  Allow her to recede into irrelevancy.  We are moving on into the solution without her.

And Karen… describe your path to a solution using the Gardnerian PAS diagnostic model.  The only thing that is relevant is the path to the solution.  Describe your proposed path to the solution – or recede into irrelevancy.

Do not criticize Karen Woodall.  Not because it places me at risk.  I’m fine.  But because it places you at risk.

The Garnderian PAS “experts” are not relevant.  Until they describe a path to a solution using the Gardnerian PAS diagnostic model, they are not relevant to a professional-level discussion.

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857

Going to DC

The Petition to the APA asserts the right of targeted parents for professional competence in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of their children and families.

Article 3 of the Petition to the APA describes four domains of great concern regarding potential violations of the APA ethics code:

Standard 2.01 Boundaries of Competence
Standard 9.01 Bases for Assessment
Standard 3.04 Avoiding Harm
Standard 2.03 Maintaining Competence

I am a clinical psychologist.  If I become aware of ethical violations by colleagues, there are professional guidelines for me as a psychologist.

Standard 1.05 of the APA Ethics Code
Reporting Ethical Violations

If an apparent ethical violation has substantially harmed or is likely to substantially harm a person or organization and is not appropriate for informal resolution under Standard 1.04, Informal Resolution of Ethical Violations, or is not resolved properly in that fashion, psychologists take further action appropriate to the situation.

“…psychologists take further action appropriate to the situation.”

On June 6-8th, I will be traveling to Washington D.C. to personally deliver a petition of 15,926 voices to the APA.  I will be doing this because I am a clinical psychologist.  I will be doing this as a clinical psychologist in deference to Standard 1.05 of the APA ethics code.

Professional standards of practice have meaning. 

My traveling to Washington, D.C. to deliver the Petition to the APA is consistent with my professional obligation under Standard 1.05 to take “further action appropriate to the situation.”  I am going to Washington, D.C. because I am a clinical psychologist… and that’s what we do if we need to do it.

I’m not from the field of forensic psychology and high-conflict divorce.  I’m from ADHD and early childhood mental health.  I only came into this field of high-conflict divorce once I entered private practice back in 2008.  There are serious professional concerns regarding the professional practices surrounding high-conflict divorce and child custody decision-making that greatly warrants the focused attention of the APA.

There are a whole class of clients, families with a narcissistic/(borderline) personality parent, who are receiving deeply deficient professional services substantially below acceptable standards of practice for knowledge and professional competence.  As a result, thousands of families are being destroyed by the ignorance and incompetence of mental health professionals.

I am not this voice, 15,925 signatures to the Petition to the APA are the voice of this truth.  I am merely the conduit for the voice. 

There are four domains of professional knowledge needed for professional competence in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of attachment-related family surrounding divorce:

The attachment system,
Personality disorder pathology,
Family systems therapy,
Complex trauma.

The assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce without the necessary professional knowledge required for professional competence would represent practice beyond the boundaries of professional competence in violation of Standard 2.01a of the APA ethics code.

Professional standards of practice have meaning.  Mental health professionals are not allowed to be ignorant and incompetent.

This pathology ends, for all children everywhere.  We will no longer sacrifice children to the pathology of their parents because of professional ignorance and incompetence.

It is up to professional psychology to solve this, and professional psychology can 100% solve this once we return to the standard and established constructs and principles of professional psychology.

Bowlby, Ainsworth, Millon, Beck, Linehan, Kernberg, Bowen, Minuchin, Haley, van der Kolk

The attachment system,
Personality disorder pathology,
Family systems therapy,
Complex trauma.

There is absolutely zero reason for the APA not to support a call for professional competence.  It is your right granted to you by the APA’s own ethics code.  The APA is your rightful ally in creating the solution.

The APA has been asleep.  We are waking them up.  You will not be erased from the lives of your children, and you’re children shall not be erased from your lives.  We will fight with every measure of our voice for your children.  We will no longer abandon children to the pathology of their parents.

In the first week of June, 2018, I will be going to Washington, D.C. because I’m a clinical psychologist.  I am acting as the professional conduit between your voice and my profession.  That’s my job as a clinical psychologist.

Professional standards of practice have meaning.

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857

AB-PA Certified Professionals

We are going to establish a standard of practice in the assessment of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce. 

We are then going to move toward professional expertise.  Mental health professionals who know what they’re doing – within standard and established constructs and principles.

Assessment leads to diagnosis, and diagnosis guides treatment.

It begins with assessment. 

Attachment-related pathology is always created by pathogenic parenting.  A child’s rejection of a parent (attachment-related pathology) is either being caused by the pathogenic parenting of the targeted-rejected parent (through hostile-aggressive child abuse), or it is being caused by the pathogenic parenting of the allied and supposedly “favored” parent (through the formation of a cross-generational coalition with the child against the other spouse-and-parent).

A semi-structured six-session treatment-focused assessment protocol can identify the source of pathogenic parenting creating the attachment-related pathology.

The Assessment of Attachment-Related Pathology Surrounding Divorce

AB-PA Certification

There are four mental health professionals that I know of who are qualified to conduct a treatment-focused assessment of attachment related pathology surrounding divorce.  Each of these mental health professionals has trained with me personally, and each has direct access to me for consultation as needed.  These four mental health professionals are Certified in AB-PA, including administration and documentation of the six-session treatment-focused assessment protocol.

We are establishing a ground foundation of professional knowledge in the standard and established constructs and principles of professional psychology required for professional competence, and ultimately for professional expertise.

The Attachment System
Family Systems Therapy
Personality Disorder Pathology
Complex Trauma

Does a mental health professional need to be “certified” to conduct a treatment-focused assessment protocol?  No.  Absolutely not.  All mental health professionals should be conducting a treatment-focused assessment of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce right now.  It’s all standard and established professional psychology.

Can they?  I have no idea. I am appalled by the degree of professional ignorance and incompetence that’s out there.

I do know this.  There are four mental health professionals who can.  They are the certified mental health professionals I worked with across three days of seminars in November.  There are four mental health professionals who absolutely know how to conduct a treatment-focused assessment of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce.

They have the knowledge, and they have my ear if they want consultation on a particularly troubling case.  What’s more they have each other.  They don’t realize this yet, but as things develop I’m planning to encourage a network of inter-professional consultation across AB-PA Certified mental health professionals; to use each other as resources of professional consultation.

What the Bowlby-Minuchin-Beck model of AB-PA provides is a shared common knowledge and language of professional psychology – cross-generational coalitions, emotional cutoffs, personality pathology, splitting, attachment trauma – all understood even before the consultation begins.  The constructs of established professional psychology (Bowlby, Bowen, Beck, Minuchin, Millon) can unravel the diagnostic complexities and treatment issues.

There are four mental health professionals who are certified in AB-PA, who understand the pathology, who know what to do, and who are part of a growing network of professional collaboration. 

They are not advocates or friends on Facebook; they don’t offer “advice” on what parents should do.  They work with clients.  They bring solution to family pathology for their clients.  They are a verified source of high-level professional knowledge regarding attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce for families and the Courts.  These four mental health professionals are:

Jayna Haney, MS, LPC Intern:  Houston, Texas.
Advanced Certified in AB-PA

Ms. Haney is in a leadership role in bringing professional knowledge and expertise to the solution for “parental alienation.” She has studied with Karen Woodall in Great Britain as well as becoming Advanced Certified in AB-PA with me in November.  Of additional note, Jayna is also trained in EMDR treatment for trauma and brings this additional trauma expertise to her work with the complex trauma of “parental alienation.”  Jayna Haney has my full support, and she has my ear.

Jayna Haney: jayna@thebridgeacross.com

Michelle Jones, LCSW: Provo, Utah.
Advanced Certified in AB-PA

Michelle Jones, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who works with Concordia Families agency in Provo, Utah.  Ms. Jones brings her AB-PA Advanced Certification into a professional clinic already experienced with the family pathology of “parental alienation” and court-involved families.  Michelle Jones and the therapeutic team at Concordia Families has my full support, and they have my ear.

Michelle Jones: mjones@concordiafamilies.com
Concordia Families Website

Nadine Colgan, MS, NCC, LPCMH: Kennett Square, PA
Advanced Certified in AB-PA

Ms. Colgan brings a wealth of experience to her work.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Relations, she is a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, she is a National Board Certified Counselor and a Certified Mediator.  Ms. Colgan has extensive experience working with high-conflict divorce and is a strong resource in the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore area.

Nadine Colgan: nadinecr1@nadinecolgan.com
Nadine Colgan Website

Larken J. Sutherland MS, LPC: Corpus Christi, Texas

Larken Sutherland is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Parenting Coordinator/Facilitator in private practice in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Ms. Sutherland is experienced in working with high conflict families and she is Certified in AB-PA, she is a strong resource for families in the Corpus Christi area.  Ms. Sutherland has my full support, and she has my ear.

Additional Certification

Three others also received Certification in AB-PA, one is a legal professional, and two are parent-advocates.

JulieAnne Leonard
Advanced Certified in AB-PA

JulieAnne Leonard is an attorney who is completing her psychology degree in developmental psychology.  Of note is that developmental psychology is a particularly useful domain of knowledge for understanding the influence of parenting on child development.  Ms. Leonard has an extensive background serving as a Guardian ad Litem with high-conflict families.  Through her legal background as an attorney, her extensive experience as a GAL, and her AB-PA Certification, Ms. Leonard represents an exceptionally strong resource for the Court in assisting the Court to identify “parental alienation” pathology and in coordinating effective treatment services for the family.

Peter Knudsen
Advanced Certified in AB-PA

Peter Knudsen is a parent-advocate located in the Netherlands.  He is active in bringing the knowledge and protocols of AB-PA to the European mental health system and family courts.  Peter and I are currently collaborating on several avenues for expanding AB-PA into the European mental health and family law systems.  Peter has my full support and he has my ear.

Bryan Hale
Advanced Certified in AB-PA

Bryan Hale is a theology student and parent-advocate completing his degree in theology with the goal of becoming an ordained minister.  I suspect the universe has designs for the life of Mr. Hale.  He brings a unique array of talents to the solution, including a strong background in business and in creating organization support structures for projects and endeavors.  Bryan Hale has my full support, and he has my ear.

Professional Expertise

Jayna Haney
Michelle Jones (Concordia)
Nadine Colgan
Larken Sutherland

I know that these four mental health professionals can conduct a treatment-focused assessment of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce.  These four mental health professionals are a verified resource for knowledge and professional skill sets for families, family law attorneys, and the Court. 

As an attorney and Guardian ad Litem, JulieAnne Leonard also represents a strong resource for the Court in helping the Court to identify “parental alienation” and in coordinating the treatment.

Peter Knudsen, Bryan Hale, and I will be working behind the scenes on creating the support structures for change across the entire mental health and family court systems, for all children, everywhere.

As importantly… they are the core for a network of consultation support for each other, each bringing a different facet of knowledge, yet all with a common foundation of knowledge.

Change is Coming

This is not about me.  This is about you.  You are the change.  I am merely a catalyst.  I am simply the clarion call returning professional psychology to the ground foundations of professional psychology; Bowlby, Minuchin, Beck, Millon, Bowen.  You are the agents of change.

We are establishing a ground foundation of knowledge and standards of practice for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of attachment-related family pathology surrounding divorce.  From this foundation, we then build professional expertise.

The ground foundation is not me.  It’s Bowlby-Minuchin-Beck and the established constructs and principles of professional psychology.

This is about you and your children.  This is about solving the family pathology of “parental alienation” for all children everywhere.

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857

Children Are Not Weapons

Family conflict is not solved by litigation.  Family conflict is solved through professional psychology.
 
Divorce ends the marriage; it does not end the family.  Where there are children, there will always be a family.
 
In divorce, the child’s best interests are that the family successfully transitions to a healthy and functional separated family structure, united by bonds of shared affection with both parents.  It is the responsibility of professional psychology to ensure that this occurs.
 
Why?
 
Because it is in the best interests of the child.  Our client.  The person we work for.
 
It is up to professional psychology to solve this.  For the child.  For the family.  For the client.  For the Court.  That’s our job.  Professional psychology.
 
Professional psychology can absolutely 100% solve this, through the application of the standard and established constructs and principles of professional psychology.
 
There are four domains of knowledge – four data-sets from the constructs and principles of professional psychology – that need to be applied to the problem of family conflict in order to solve it:
 
The attachment system;
Personality disorder pathology;
Family systems therapy;
Complex trauma.
 
With attachment-related family conflict surrounding divorce, we start by applying the data-set from family systems therapy.
 
Triangulation,
Cross-generational coalition,
Inverted hierarchy,
Emotional cutoff.
 
Professional psychology can absolutely 100% solve the family issues surrounding divorce and the separated family structure through the application of the proper data sets from professional psychology.  It is the responsibility of professional psychology to solve this; that all families transition to a healthy separated family structure following divorce.

Family Therapy Surrounding Divorce

Principle 1:  Parents are not allowed to use the child as a weapon.  The child is not a weapon.
 
That is non-negotiable.  The child is not a weapon.
 
For all mental health professionals working with family conflict, if that is NOT currently your orientation to family therapy, it needs to immediately become your orientation to family therapy.  The child is not a weapon.
 
If the child is being “triangulated” into the spousal conflict through the formation of a “cross-generational coalition” with one parent against the other parent that is resulting in an “emotional cutoff” in the child’s relationship with the targeted parent (Bowen; Minuchin; Haley)… then the child is being used as a weapon.
 
The allied parent is using the child as a weapon.  That’s not okay in divorce.  You’re not allowed to weaponize the child.  That’s not healthy for the child.
 
And you know what,… Depending on the degree of child-weaponization, the parenting practices of turning the child into a weapon could rise to the level of psychological child abuse; creating severe psychopathology in order to weaponize the child in the spousal conflict is psychological child abuse.  Children are not weapons.  Ever.
 
Children have the right to love both parents, and children have the right to receive the love of both parents.
 
Children have the right to be loved by their grandparents and siblings, by their aunts and uncles and cousins.  Children have the right to be loved by friends, and teammates, and teachers, and coaches, and mentors.
 
Children have the right to be loved.  And it is up to professional psychology through family therapy to ensure that.  Because that’s in the best interest of the child, and the child is our client.
 
Professional psychology can solve this.  Professional psychology needs to solve this.  Because that’s in the best interests of the child, our client.
 
Professional psychology will need the support of the family court system based on the principle that children are not weapons.  The issue that AB-PA knowledgeable professionals, both legal and psychological, will be taking to the Court is that children are not weapons to be used in divorce.  Children are neutral; they’re off limits to the spousal conflict.
 
Children are not weapons.
 
For professional psychology, here are the professional constructs to apply:
 
Triangulation – cross-generational coalition – inverted hierarchy – emotional cutoff.
 
Source – cause – action – result.
 
The child is being used as a weapon in the post-divorce “spousal” conflict.
 
This is standard family systems therapy.
 
Bowen, Minuchin, Haley:  triangulation – cross-generational coalition – inverted hierarchy – emotional cutoff.
 
What is required is professional competence in the constructs and principles of family systems therapy when conducting family therapy.
 
Professional psychology can absolutely solve this.  We will need the support of the Court.  Children are not weapons.  With that support, professional psychology can absolutely solve this.
 
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857