Before the Dallas Symposium on Parental Alienation, we were focused on the problem of “parental alienation.”
Now – after the Dallas Symposium – we are focused on the solution to “parental alienation.” Every step we now take is a step closer to the solution.
We are on a different path now.
My deep appreciation to Wendy Perry and to her husband Rob, and to all of your many colleagues who helped you to put together and host a wonderful event in Dallas. It was a delight and privilege to be invited to speak.
It was also my deep pleasure to meet so many parents, step-parents, and families affected by “parental alienation.” I am honored that so many of you traveled such distances to attend the event. My appreciation.
I also want to acknowledge Rod McCall and his son Eryk – who lives in Rod’s heart, and now in mine as well. It was an honor to hear Rod’s story of love. Rod has written a book For the Love of Eryk: Surviving Divorce, Parental Alienation, and Life After. It was my deep privilege to meet Rod and his son Eryk who lives in his love. I recommend that everyone buy and read For the Love of Eryk.
From Dallas on, we are now moving toward the solution.
The solution to the attachment-related pathology of “parental alienation” is available right now, today. The ONLY thing preventing the solution is the profound degree of ignorance and incompetence in professional psychology.
We absolutely know what this pathology is, and once we return to the proper professional path of established psychological principles and constructs – to which ALL mental health professionals can be held accountable, this form of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce becomes completely solvable, right now. Today.
Our only enemy is ignorance. The solution is knowledge.
I have posted my Powerpoint slides from my morning and afternoon Dallas talks to my website.
They belong to you. The knowledge belongs to you. You have a right to expect and receive professionally knowledgeable and competent assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for your children and families. That is your right, and that is the right of your children.
In order to achieve professional competence, we must define the pathology using standard and established constructs and principles of professional psychology to which ALL mental health professionals can be held accountable. AB-PA accomplishes that.
Mental health professionals are NOT ALLOWED to be ignorant and incompetent. Every ethics code of professional psychology has a Standard that requires professional competence. Professional competence in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of your children and your families is your right.
Pathogenic parenting that is creating significant developmental pathology in the child (diagnostic indicator 1), personality disorder pathology in the child (diagnostic indicator 2), and delusional psychiatric pathology in the child (diagnostic indicator 3) is a DSM-5 diagnosis of V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse, Confirmed.
Don’t let anyone ever tell you that the pathology of “parental alienation” is not in the DSM-5. It absolutely is in the DSM-5. On page 719. V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse, Confirmed.
I will be posting more discussion about my Dallas Powerpoint slides in the days to come. I’m still on the road, I have another presentation in Houston tomorrow – Texas is rockin’ – don’t mess with Texas. In fact, the entire country is rocking. I’m hearing ripples of change occurring in many-many locations.
I need to get back to work preparing for tomorrow’s talk in Houston. But I wanted to say thank you to Wendy and to everyone who helped make Dallas such a wonderful experience, and I want to make my Powerpoints available to everyone. They belong to you.
Things have changed. We are now on the path to the solution. This pathology ends. That is a certainty.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Psychologist, PSY 18857