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

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