I’ve done what I came here to do.
I have provided you with three gifts.
I have provided you with the confirmed DSM-5 diagnosis of V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse for the pathology of “parental alienation.”
I have provided you with a means to require the American Psychological Association to revise their position statement on “parental alienation” to formally recognize that the pathology exists and formally designate children and families evidencing this pathology as representing a “special population” requiring specialized professional knowledge and expertise to competently assess, diagnose, and treat.
I have provided you with a road to reunite with your natural allies in mental health and restore the unity within mental health regarding the pathology of “parental alienation.”
There’s nothing more I can do for you at this point in time. It’s now up to you.
To Targeted Parents:
These are your children. This is your fight.
I’ve activated Standards 2.01 and 9.01 of the APA ethics code to give you the weapon of licensing board complaints that you need to require professional competence (Standard 2.01) in the assessment (Standard 9.01) of your children and families to prevent harm to you and your children (Standard 3.04).
I have given you the strategy for changing the APA’s position statement to formally recognize your children and families as a special population requiring specialized professional knowledge and expertise to competently assess, diagnose, and treat.
It’s now up to you.
The APA must eventually change its position statement to incorporate an attachment-based model of the pathology because their current position statement is now too narrow and too specific to only Gardnerian Parental Alienation Syndrome. So at some point they must change their position statement. Whether this takes one year or ten, is up to you.
To Gardnerian PAS Experts:
I’ve corrected the initial mistake by Gardner that took us down the wrong path of a “new syndrome” unique in all of mental health when he did not apply the professional rigor necessary to define the pathology within standard and established psychological principles and constructs.
By correcting this initial error of Gardner in too quickly abandoning established and accepted psychological principles and constructs in his proposal of a “new syndrome,” I have given you the DSM-5 diagnosis of V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse, Confirmed. This changes the conceptual framework from one of child custody and visitation to one of child protection which requires a period of protective separation for the child from the pathogenic parenting of the allied narcissistic/borderline parent during the active phase of the child’s treatment and recovery.
Correcting Gardner’s initial error in proposing a “new syndrome” which is unique in all of professional psychology and by instead defining the pathology entirely within standard and established psychological principles and constructs, I’ve provided defined domains of professional knowledge (personality disorder pathology, attachment trauma pathology, family systems pathology) that are necessary for professional competence and expertise, and to which all mental health professionals can be held accountable.
I’ve given you a set of three definitive diagnostic indicators in the child’s symptom display that are defined by standard and established forms of symptom pathology and that can reliably identify the pathology of “parental alienation” and reliably differentiate the pathology of “parental alienation” from all other forms of parent-child conflict.
By reformulating the description of the pathology from entirely within standard and established professional constructs and principles within mental health, I’ve also given you a road back to reuniting with establishment mental health, and bringing the unity to mental health that is so desperately needed by targeted parents and their children.
It’s Up to You
Activating these gifts will require a paradigm shift from the Garderian PAS model to an attachment-based model. Whether this paradigm shift takes one year or ten, is up to you.
I’ve done what I set out to do. I’ve given you these gifts.
My continued overt presence on the stage of “parental alienation” serves no useful function at this point in time other than to distract from what needs to happen to activate these gifts. So, like the Cheshire Cat in Wonderland, my conversation with Alice is done and I will vanish now,
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Chapter VI
So which way you decide to go is up to you now. And like the Cheshire Cat who has reached the end of his conversation with Alice, I will fade from view and allow you to choose whatever path you wish.
This will be my last blog post. My blog is going dark. And I don’t plan on making any more posts to the parental alienation area of my website. If a time comes that needs my Diagnosis book, I’ll produce that.
I’ll still be around. I’ll be available for expert testimony in court cases if your attorney thinks my testimony could be helpful, or for professional-to-professional consultations or writing collaborations. But this is your fight now. As I’ve said all along, I’m not your warrior, I’m your weapon.
I’ll still be working with Dorcy in getting you the intervention you need to restore your children’s normal-range functioning once you’re able to acquire the necessary protective separation (we must first be able to protect the child before we can ask the child to show his or her authenticity). And I’ll be standing shoulder to shoulder with her in the upcoming battle with the pathogen. But the assault on the individual allies of the pathogen, the binding sites of ignorance, and on the citadel of establishment mental health, these are your battles. I cannot fight these battles for you.
My primary professional focus now will be to reveal a model of developmentally supportive child psychotherapy that’s based in the scientific research on the neuro-development of the brain during childhood, as a replacement for our current obsolete behaviorist child therapy approach that’s based in outdated research from the 1940s on changing the behavior of lab rats. You think solving “parental alienation” is difficult, I’m going to set about solving all of child psychotherapy. I already have the model for that. Wish me luck.
I’ve given you what you need, now it’s up to you. If it takes one year or ten, that’s up to you now.
This will be my last blog post. There is nothing more for me to to say that will advance our ability to change the mental health and legal response to the pathology. You have Foundations. You have Professional Consultation. You have the ABAB Assessment and Remedy protocol. You have the online California Southern University Master Lecture Series seminars (google California Southern University Dr. Childress). Foundations actives Standards 2.01 and 9.01 and gives you the DSM-5 diagnosis of Child Psychological Abuse, and an attachment-based alternative to Gardnerian PAS provides you with the reason needed to seek a change in the APA position statement. You have everything you need.
So my blog is going dark.
“No, please stay with us. We’ll miss you.”
If you need me, I’ll be here. And I’ll still be working with Dorcy on having the solution available when we reach that point. But there is nothing more for me to say for the time being. Things need to change. These are your children, this is ultimately your fight. If you’re waiting for someone to rescue you, you will be waiting a very long time. I am a lone psychologist in private practice. I cannot rescue you. My going dark is empowering you.
I can only give you the tools you need and show you the strategy. But you must come together. You are all in this together. You cannot solve the pathology of “parental alienation” in any one case, for just your child, until we solve “parental alienation” for all children. “Me and mine” are narcissistic attitudes. We cannot fight narcissism by being narcissistic. You will only solve this pathology by coming together in support of each other, and not in mutual commiseration, but in action.
I’m leaving the stage so as not to distract you from your task, whatever you may decide that to be, wait for someone to rescue you, or set about the hard road of rescuing your children.
Like the Cheshire Cat with Alice,
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat,
Craig Childress, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857