Professional practice with court-involved family conflict surrounding divorce requires competence in five domains of professional psychology:
- Family systems therapy
- Personality Disorders
- Complex trauma
- Neurodevelopment in childhood
Leading figures in each of these domains would be:
John Bowlby, Mary Ainsworth: attachment
Salvador Minuchin, Murray Bowen: family systems therapy
Aaron Beck, Otto Kernberg, Theodore Millon, Marsha Linehan: personality disorders
Bessel van der Kolk: complex trauma
Edward Tronick, Daniel Stern: neurodevelopment of the brain
Trauma & Complex Trauma
Professional competence in the educational curriculium for trauma and complex trauma can be gained, and demonstrated on the vitae, through the PESI 2-day Continuing Education course from Bessel van der Kolk:
Bessel van der Kolk: The Body Keeps Score
It is my strong professional recommendation that all mental health professionals working with court-involved family conflict take this Continuing Education course from PESI to acquire and demonstrate current educational curriculum knowledge regarding trauma and complex trauma.
This two-day course from Bessel van der Kolk would not satisfy practice requirements as a trauma therapist, but would be sufficient for court-involved family conflict mental health professionals. Of note is that PESI offers a separate 75 hour Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies.
Also of note regarding additional information, training, and competency in trauma and complex trauma is the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857