The voting site for the contest is at:
What’s The Expert Institute, you might ask? I don’t know.
And honestly, I don’t care all that much either. Any solution that involves having targeted parents prove “parental alienation” in court is no solution at all. Proving “parental alienation” in the legal system is far too expensive for most targeted parents to afford and it takes far to long. Time is on the side of the pathogenic parent. The pathogenic parent can delay and delay legal proceedings for years.
The solution to “parental alienation” is through the mental health system:
I’m working on the solution for all children and all families, not just one family at a time. This solution will ultimately be through fixing the broken mental health system, not the legal system. But until we fix the mental health system response, there’s little alternative for targeted parents other than proving “parental alienation” in court.
I’m sorry that professional psychology has so completely failed you. The first step is to get all mental health professionals to properly assess for the pathology using the Diagnostic Checklist for Pathogenic Parenting.
Yet even as I work on the solution for all children and all families, I know that for each targeted parent this is a directly personal experience with your specific child. I realize that each targeted parent is trying to solve their problem today, now, before the mental health system has been fixed first.
Based on this understandable motivation of individual targeted parents, I am sometimes asked to serve as an expert witness in court proceedings in hopes that my testimony about “triangulation” and “cross-generational coalitions” might be able to persuade the court. I’m not optimistic about that. The legal system response remains broken. But if your attorney thinks my expert testimony might be helpful and that’s a route you want to go, then your attorney can contact me by email and I will provide the attorney with additional information about my potential role as an expert consultant and witness.
(Just as an FYI regarding my expert testimony, I have found my testimony to be the most helpful when the mental health professional who is involved with your family has used the Diagnostic Checklist for Pathogenic Parenting and my testimony then addresses the meaning and implications of the symptom ratings made on the Diagnostic Checklist by the involved mental health professional.)
Again, however, my focus is not (yet) on fixing the broken legal system response. My focus is on fixing the broken mental health system response for all children and all families in order to ensure that all children and all families receive appropriate assessment of the pathology, accurate diagnosis of the pathology, and effective treatment for the pathology of attachment-based “parental alienation” (AB-PA).
I suppose it’s nice that my blog has been nominated in a contest for the “Best Legal Blog.” Getting the attention of the legal system regarding this form of attachment-related pathology is a good thing.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Psychologist, PSY 18857