Everything is Seen

This pathology hides.  It’s power comes from concealment.

The antidote is light.  Everything in the open, everything disclosed.  No secrets. 

This is the time.  We know what the pathology is and we need to make it stop.  Now.  Today.  No excuses.  Professional psychology can absolutely solve this pathology.  It requires professional knowledge and expertise, but we can absolutely solve it.

So why aren’t we?  A: Because of profound and rampant professional ignorance and incompetence in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of attachment-related family pathology surrounding divorce.

Clinical Definition 1: Family Systems

The child’s “triangulation” into the spousal conflict through the formation of a “cross-generational coalition” with one parent against the other parent, that results in an “emotional cutoff” in the child’s relationship with the targeted parent.

Clinical Definition 2: Attachment Trauma

The trans-generational transmission of attachment trauma from the childhood of a narcissistic/(borderline) parent to the current family relationships, mediated by the personality disorder pathology of the parent that is itself a product of this parent’s childhood attachment trauma.

June 6-9, we are taking your voice to the American Psychological Association.  You have the right to professional knowledge and competence in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of your children and families.  We are asking that the APA become your ally in achieving that.

APA & Washington, D.C.

I am beginning my outreach to the American Psychological Association asking to schedule an appropriate handoff of the Petition to the APA to a representative of the APA. 

The Board of Directors for the American Psychological Association is meeting June 8-12.  I am respectfully requesting of the APA the possibility of a meeting with a representative from the Board of Directors to hear your voice, 17,817 strong and growing, as carried by Wendy and Rod, with my professional support.

Professional decorum typically keeps negotiations private.  However, not with this pathology.  This  pathology hides in concealment and darkness, and it’s malevolent.  With this pathology, everything must be in the open, everything must be entirely visible.  When everything is in the open, the pathogen can be seen.

I am therefore blogging the outreach letter I sent to the American Psychological Association requesting a meeting June 6-9th to receive the Petition to the APA.  I sent it to several contacts identified by Howie and to the entire Board of Directors.

Letter to the APA:



I am a clinical psychologist and APA member.  I am also the author of the Petition to the American Psychological Association posted to Change.org in January, 2018.  The Petition to the APA currently has over 17,000 signatures since January, 2018.

Petition to the APA

During the first week of June (6/6 through 6/9), a delegation comprised of myself and two parent and child advocates, Wendy Perry and Rod McCall, will be traveling to the APA offices in Washington, D.C. to present this Petition to the APA.   The voices of thousands of parents are reaching out to the APA for help.

Wendy Perry is a leading parent and child advocate for families involved in post-divorce conflict surrounding child custody, and Rod McCall is a parent-child advocate and speaker, having lost his son to a murder-suicide by the mother because of this devastating family pathology surrounding divorce and child custody.

We are reaching out to the APA at this time to explore planning and scheduling for a meeting with a representative of the American Psychological Association during this period from June 6-9 to receive the Petition to the APA. 

We are aware that the Board of Directors for the APA is meeting from June 8-12 in Washington, D.C., and, if possible, we would respectfully request to meet with a representative of the Board of Directors, either on June 7th prior to the start of the BoD meeting (to limit our intrusion into the scheduled agenda for the BoD), or on June 8th the first day of the BoD meeting if this is gauged to be more appropriate.

We are asking that this request for a meeting be forwarded to the appropriate representatives within the American Psychological Association to discuss scheduling for our delivery of the Petition to the APA during the first week of June.

Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to working with the American Psychological Association.

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857

Wendy Perry
Parent & Child Advocate

Rod McCall
Parent & Child Advocate

Asking for Your Support

Wendy Perry, Rod McCall, and I are in the midst of planning our trip to Washington, D.C. to deliver the Petition to the American Psychological Association, bringing your voice to the APA and calling on them to become your allies in solving the pathology of “parental alienation.”

We have a question for you…

Do you, the community of parents fighting for your children, want us to hold a press conference when we arrive in Washington?

I’d strongly recommend it. 

The power of the Petition to the APA is in the content of the petition introduced into the structure of the APA.   But media attention and focus on the pathology of “parental alienation” is an important weapon in our fight for your children, and our Washington, D.C. trip provides a valuable opportunity to begin generating this media attention.

I would strongly recommend a press conference to begin our trip to Washington.

The problem is… Wendy, Rod, and I cannot financially afford to put on a press conference.  We need help.  To put on a press conference will cost $500 for a room at the National Press Club and an additional $3,000 for a press consultant to help us get the press to the press conference. 

With all of the other financial expenses that Wendy, Rod, and I are personally incurring surrounding our trip to Washington, we simply don’t have the money to create a press conference.  We need your support.

If you want a press conference for your voice in Washington and with the APA, you will need to help us finance it.  We need your help.

I have formed a nonprofit 501c3, The Childress Institute for Child Development, with the goal of bringing education, training, and solution to the pathology of “parental alienation” in high-conflict divorce.  Working with my attorney, The Childress Institute for Child Development is now available to accept donations to support its work.

Childress Institute for CD LogoThe Childress Institute for Child Development: Donations

We are asking for your help in funding a press conference.  If The Childress Institute for Child Development receives enough donations, then we will hire a press consultant ($3,000) and schedule a room at the National Press Club ($500), and we will host a press conference for your voice.

If we don’t receive enough donations, then we will figure that a press conference is not something that the community of parents is interested in.

Additional Funding:

The Childress Institute for Child Development would also like to host an Erasing Family event on Friday evening in Washington, D.C.  The documentary Erasing Family is an important voice for parents and children caught in the pathology of “parental alienation.”  Supporting the documentary is exceedingly valuable and important.

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), the major legal-psychological professional organization involved in child custody, is holding its annual convention in Washington, D.C. during the period of our trip to Washington.  The Childress Institute for Child Development will be purchasing a vendors table at the AFCC convention ($750), paid for by me personally. 

We would like to use this forum of The Childress Institute for Child Development table at the AFCC convention to drive the family law attorneys, child custody evaluators, and court-involved therapists to an Erasing Family event on Friday evening.  At the Erasing Family event, the legal and psychological professionals will be treated to clips from the documentary, and cocktail party access to Dorcy and I for professional-level cocktail party discussion, professional dialogue, and conversation.

What we want to achieve is to make watching the documentary Erasing Family a requirement of professional responsibility when it is released, for all family law attorneys, guardians ad litem, minors counsels, child custody evaluators, and court-involved therapists.  Promoting a Friday evening Erasing Family event to the AFCC convention is immensely valuable in achieving this goal.

Our goal in Washington with the APA is also to schedule a meeting with representatives of the APA’s Board of Directors while we are in Washington.  The APA’s Board of Directors is meeting from June 8-12 (we are in Washington from June 6-9, overlapping with the BoD meeting).

In addition to increasing the awareness of the AFCC, we would also like to make watching of the documentary Erasing Family a requirement of professional responsibility for the Board of Directors for the APA.  Erasing Family is your voice, the voice of parents and children caught in the devastating family pathology of “parental alienation.”  We would like to provide the Board of Directors of the APA with complimentary tickets to the Friday evening (June 8th) Erasing Family event.

We will also be scheduling meetings with our congressional representative’s offices while we are in Washington.  We would like to encourage the congressional staffers we meet with to also come to the Erasing Family event, to increase the knowledge of congressional representatives regarding the devastating family pathology of “parental alienation.”

If parents choose to fund a press conference, then promoting the upcoming release of the documentary, Erasing Family, will also go a long way in our next phase of enlisting media attention to the pathology of “parental alienation.”

A Friday evening Erasing Family event is immensely valuable for a variety of reasons.  The problem again is financing.  Wendy, Rod, and I cannot afford to personally finance such an event (location and appetizer nosh).  We need your help.

Your contributions to The Childress Institute for Child Development will go toward funding this Friday evening Erasing Family event, allowing us to keep ticket prices to the event reasonable ($25) rather than a barrier to attendance ($150) to cover expenses.  Tickets to the Erasing Family event at $25 sold through an ipad at the Childress Institute for Child Development vendors table at the AFCC convention, and provided as complimentary to the Board of Directors of the APA and to congressional staffers, will encourage the greatest level of participation from family law attorneys, child custody evaluators, and court-involved therapists (the nominal cost encourages commitment to attend and provides us with a head count for the event).

We need your help.  If The Childress Institute for Child Development receives enough donations from the community of targeted parents, then we will pay for the Erasing Family event.  Otherwise, we cannot personally afford to finance such an event.

This is your voice.  We need your help.

Personal Note

On a personal note, I am deeply appreciative of both Wendy Perry and Rod McCall in agreeing for come with me to Washington, D.C. to deliver the Petition to the APA.  They are doing so at their own personal expense.  Their hotel and airfare costs are not inconsequential for them at a personal level.

I would like to use any additional money that may be collected by The Childress Institute for Child Development surrounding the Washington trip to help Wendy and Rod with their travel expenses.  They are traveling to Washington to represent your voice and the voice of your children.  Helping them with travel expenses is the right thing to do.

Donations

The time is now.  We are on the battlefield for your children and families now.  We need your support.

If you, the community of targeted parents, want a press conference for your voice, then we need your help in funding it.

If you, the community of targeted parents, want an Erasing Family event on Friday night for family law attorneys, child custody evaluators, court-involved therapists, the Board of Directors for the APA, and congressional staffers, then we need your help in funding it.

If you, the community of targeted parents, want to provide support to Wendy and Rod in representing your voice to the APA, to the AFCC, and to Congress, then we need your help.

I established The Childress Institute for Child Development specifically to serve as the organizing core in education, training, and solution for the attachment-related family pathology of “parental alienation” in high-conflict divorce.  Funding a press conference, funding an Erasing Family event in Washington, D.C., and supporting travel for parent-child advocates carrying your voice and the voice of your children, is consistent with the mission and goals of The Childress Institute for Child Development.

Please consider making a financial contribution to The Childress Institute for Child Development.  Whatever you can afford, $25, $50, more if you can. 

I know fighting the pathology of “parental alienation” is expensive for parents.  I know you’ve spent thousands and thousands of dollars fighting against the lies and trying to restore the healthy emotional and psychological development of your children.  I understand.

I am also asking you to consider where the solution is.  Did the money spent on attorneys lead to a solution?  Did the money spent on “reunification therapy” result in a solution?

Supporting a press conference, Erasing Family event, and travel for your parent-child representatives to speak your voice in Washington, D.C. will lead to a solution.  Please join us in solutions.

The Washington, D.C. trip is the empowerment of voice, your voice.  It is time.  We are on the battlefield for your children and families now, to end this pathology for all children everywhere.  Please consider our request for your support.Childress Institute for CD Logo

The Childress Institute for Child Development:
Donations

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857

Prove me wrong…

To my professional colleagues…

The field of professional psychology surrounding high-conflict divorce is rife with professional ignorance and incompetence. 

Prove me wrong.  I dare you.  I double-dog dare you.  Go ahead, prove me wrong.

Because you know what?  I’m not wrong.  The field of professional psychology surrounding high-conflict divorce is rife with professional ignorance and incompetence.

A Bowlby-Minuchin-Beck description of attachment-related family pathology surrounding divorce identifies four domains of professional knowledge required for professional competence:

The attachment system;

Personality disorder pathology;

Family systems pathology;

Complex trauma.

The vast majority of mental health professionals who are assessing, diagnosing, and treating attachment-related family pathology surrounding divorce do NOT possess the professional knowledge required for competence.

Prove me wrong. 

You can’t.  Because I’m right.  This needs to change.

High-conflict divorce surrounding child custody is not a legal problem, it’s a professional psychology problem.  Interpersonal family conflict is not illegal, it’s unhealthy… and it’s solvable through professional psychology.

The abject failure of professional psychology in solving the attachment-related family pathology of parent-child bonding and in helping the family to successfully adjust to a new and healthy post-divorce separated family structure is then spilling into the legal system through continual litigation of family conflict.

The attachment-related family pathology of “parental alienation” is NOT a legal issue, it is a professional psychology issue.  It only becomes a legal issue because professional psychology is failing in its obligation to solve the pathology. 

Why is professional psychology failing in its responsibility to solve pathology?  Because of professional ignorance and incompetence. 

Prove me wrong.

Trauma Informed Care

The pathology of “parental alienation” (Bowlby-Minuchin-Beck; AB-PA) is a trauma pathology

Clinical Definition:  Prominent attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce represents the trans-generational transmission of attachment trauma from the childhood of an allied narcissistic/(borderline) parent to the current family relationships, mediated by the personality pathology of the parent that is itself a product of this parent’s childhood attachment trauma.

The attachment-related family pathology of “parental alienation” (Bowlby-Minuchin-Beck; AB-PA) is a trauma pathology.  This pathology requires “trauma-informed care” in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. 

Failure to possess the professional knowledge required for trauma-informed assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of attachment-related family pathology surrounding divorce represents practice beyond the boundaries of professional competence, in violation of Standard 2.01a of the APA ethics code. 

If professional ignorance of trauma-informed care leads to harm to the child and parent in their bonding following divorce, such as by preventing or delaying their bonding through inadequate assessment, inaccurate diagnosis, and ineffective treatment, then this would be a violation of Standard 3.04 of the APA ethics code.

To my professional colleagues… prove me wrong.

Because if I’m not wrong – and I’m not – then things need to change, and change quickly.  Causing harm to clients, potentially irrevocable harm to children and families, because of professional ignorance and incompetence is entirely unacceptable.

We are done tolerating professional ignorance and incompetence.  Those days are over.  All mental health professionals will be held accountable for the professional knowledge and expertise required to SOLVE pathology.

Trauma informed care.

Professional-level knowledge and expertise in:

The attachment system;

Personality disorder pathology;

Family systems pathology;

Complex trauma.

The world is changing.  Professional ignorance and incompetence are no longer acceptable.

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857

Siege

I tend to think visually and in imagery.  I see our current situation as a battle, a siege of the citadel that is the American Psychological Association.

We have drawn up our forces on the plains before the citadel.  We are laying siege to the citadel of the APA.  We are reclaiming the APA as an ally of targeted parents and children in solving the pathology of “parental alienation” (defined through a Bowlby-Minuchin-Beck model; AB-PA).

The key element of a siege to to draw up one’s troops to surround the fortress, and then just remain there.  Don’t go anywhere.  That’s all there is to it.   It takes time, but eventually the citadel will fall.

The Petition to the APA is a siege engine, a trebuchet if you will.  The united voice of parents is the trebuchet.  Article 3 of the Petition to the APA contains some mighty big boulders, violations of the APA ethics code.  Standard 2.01a Boundaries of Competence is a mighty big boulder.  Standard 9.01a Competent Assessment is a mighty big boulder.  Standard 3.04 Harm to the Client is an absolutely huge big boulder.

We are going to use the trebuchet of your voice, your signatures to the Petition to the APA, to batter the walls of the citadel with the  boulders of Standard 2.01a, Standard 9.01a, and Standard 3.04.

By relying solely on established professional constructs and principles, a Bowlby-Minuchin-Beck model defining attachment-based parental “parental alienation” (AB-PA) activates Standards 2.01a, 9.01a, and 3.04 of the APA ethics code.  We are now going to leverage the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association to achieve widespread professional knowledge and competence in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of attachment-related family pathology surrounding divorce.

We are going to rid the field of professional ignorance and incompetence, and the remaining mental health professionals will know what they’re doing, they will be knowledgeable and competent, and they will be able to resolve the family pathology of attachment-based “parental alienation.”

We are laying siege to the APA.  The American Psychological Association is your rightful ally in achieving a solution to your family”s deep tragedy and struggles.  Professional psychology can absolutely solve this pathology, once we return to the standard and established constructs and principles of professional psychology.

Bowlby, Minuchin, Beck, Millon, van der Kolk…

Clinical Psychology: Assessment leads to diagnosis, and diagnosis guides treatment.

We are drawing up our forces at the walls of the citadel (17,570 signatures to the Petition and rising).  We will identify our allies and we bring our allies to the battlefield before the walls of the APA. 

And we won’t leave.  The delivery of the Petition to the APA is just the arrival of the trebuchet on the battlefield.  We will continue to batter the walls of the APA with Standards of the APA ethics code…

Until they listen, and until they act. 

And we will impress upon them that there is urgency.  Every day that passes without a solution is one day too long.  There is immense suffering and lost childhoods.  There is urgency.

With a siege, we engage the citadel and we just don’t leave.  The citadel of the APA will fall to you, and the APA will become your ally in solving the pathology.  You are more powerful than you know.

The Walls

A year ago, an assault began on the walls of the APA.  Many have been participating in the assault on the walls of the APA, but two notables deserve mention, Howie Dennison and Jason Hofer. 

It was primarily through Jason’s efforts, with assistance, that the first petition to the APA was written a year ago.  I wasn’t involved in creating or writing this petition and I was impressed by both the concept and its execution.  The scholarship in this first petition by Jason and colleagues was excellent and extensive.

Howie has been a relentless advocate in developing his relationships with the people in power at the APA.  The APA is an organization, it doesn’t attend to a person.  A person is shunted into the bureaucracy.  A person isn’t heard.  So it’s all the more remarkable that Howie has made himself heard.  He has been pleasantly relentless in his assault on the walls of the APA.

We actually own the walls of the APA thanks to Howie and Jason.  We still don’t have the APA as your ally, the citadel has yet to fall, but we have the walls.  It is entirely possible and it is my complete expectation that the APA will become your ally in relatively short order.

On June 6-9 we are bringing up the siege engines.  There is a chance, and it is my hope, that we will be welcomed by the APA as allies in solving the pathology of attachment-based “parental alienation.”

Breaking the Siege

In most sieges, the besieged citadel draws into its fortifications and tries to outlast the siege.  In some cases, however, the beleaguered citadel may try to break the siege by attacking, either from the citadel itself or through a relieving force from the outside.

There is a possibility this may occur in our siege of the APA. 

If this attack occurs, it will likely be directed toward me.  An attack from within the citadel will be the APA’s concern regarding my allegations of ethical violations toward professional colleagues.  An attack by a relieving force from the outside will be to say that this is a “new theory” of Dr. Childress that needs to be “investigated.”

For the attack from the citadel, the allegations of ethical misconduct by psychologists contained in the Petition to the APA are consistent with my professional obligations under Standards 1.04 and 1.05 to take appropriate action “when psychologists believe that there may have been an ethical violation by another psychologist” (Standard 1.04).

APA Standard 1.05: 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. Such action might include referral to state or national committees on professional ethics, to state licensing boards, or to the appropriate institutional authorities.

It is my professional judgement as a clinical psychologist, that the appropriate institutional authority to refer these 17,579 parents regarding the rampant and unchecked professional ignorance and incompetence being displayed by professional psychologists is to the American Psychological Association, and that the “further action appropriate to the situation” is to formalize that voice from parents into a Petition.

I am fulfilling my professional obligations under Standard 1.04 and 1.05 of the APA ethics code.  I’m fine.

As for the attack from outside forces trying to relieve the siege, none of this is Dr. Childress.  This is Bowlby, and Minuchin, and Beck, and Haley, and Millon…  Are they saying that they want to investigate Bowlby?  Minuchin?  Beck?  Because none of this is Childress.

Poof.  That attack vanishes.  Because none of this is Childress.

Diagnosis is the application of standard and established constructs and principles of professional psychology (Bowlby, Minuchin, Beck) to a set of symptoms.  Diagnosis.  AB-PA is not a theory, it’s diagnosis; the application of standard and established constructs and principles to a set of symptoms.

They will be unable to break the siege.  We won’t go anywhere.  As the trebuchet of your voice begins hurtling boulders of Standards 2.01a, 9.01a, and 3.04 against the walls of the APA, we will look to increase the media’s attention to your voice, and to the continuing reluctance of the APA to help you solve the pathology.

The Walls Are Ours

However, we may not need to enact a long protracted siege of the APA, because Howie and Jason and their colleagues have already taken the walls of the APA.  The people at the APA know of us.

Their response last year to the assault on the walls was to “deflect into committee” – they said they’d develop a “working group” to look into the research.   It’s been over a year and there is no progress on a working group.  That dodge is done.  They can’t use it again this time.

What the assault on the walls by Howie, Jason, and others did was to expose and use up the APA’s “deflect to committee” defense against doing anything.  They’ve already used that dodge last year.  One year later, no change.  We are now on much stronger ground demanding concrete and immediate action (Article 4: Remedy 1).

It is possible, and it is my hope, that the APA will recognize the legitimacy of your voice and the issues, and that the APA will take active and concrete steps to help you in finding solution (Article 4: Remedies 2 & 3).  I fully expect the APA to become your ally in relatively short order.

If not, then the trebuchet will begin the assault on the walls.  We’re not going anywhere until there is change, until there is a solution for all children and all families.

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857

 

Venice Seminar: Saturday 6/23/18

I am pleased and excited to announce that I will be presenting a full-day 6-hour seminar in Venice, Italy on Saturday 6/23/18.

This six-hour seminar on Saturday is separate and additional to the one-hour seminar I will be presenting at the EFCAP Congress.  The EFCAP Congress runs from Wednesday through Friday, 6/20 – 6/22. 

On Saturday, 6/23, in collaboration with Peter Knudsen, Director of Bps Jurisfirma and Bpm Parental Alienation Awareness EU, I will be presenting an additional 6-hour seminar at the Park Hotel Ai Pini on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce and the solution for the family court system.

Venice Seminar Flyer: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Attachment Related Pathology Surrounding Divorce: Solutions for the Family Court System

I am excited by this opportunity to present a substantial seminar in Europe. 

This full-day seminar will cover:

Foundations: The professional foundations in the attachment system, family systems pathology, and personality disorder pathology for an attachment-based model of “parental alienation.”

Diagnosis: The core and expanded symptoms of attachment-based “parental alienation” in high-conflict divorce.

Assessment Protocol: The structure and clinical content for a six-session clinical assessment protocol.

Treatment:  The treatment considerations for resolving attachment-related family pathology surrounding divorce.

Contingent Visitation Schedule: A Strategic family systems intervention for the treatment of ongoing attachment-related family pathology following divorce.

Family Court Solution: The framework for a structured and standardized approach to solution in the family court system for all cases of attachment-related family pathology surrounding divorce.

This will be a professional education seminar of substance and importance. 

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857

 

Washington, DC: Media Statements by Dr. Childress

June 6-9, Wendy Perry, Rod McCall, and I will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to deliver the Petition to the APA:

Change.org: search term “parental alienation”

The Petition to the APA

These are the statements I am prepared to provide to the media in my professional capacity as a clinical psychologist.

According to Dr. Childress…

 1.)  Children are not weapons

Children are not weapons, children should never be used as weapons in their parents’ spousal conflicts.

But that’s exactly what’s happening.  Professional psychology and the family courts are allowing, and indeed rewarding, parents who use their child as a weapon in the divorce.

Children have the right of childhood to love both parents, and to receive the love of both parents in return.

We are here to give all children that right, a healthy and normal childhood of love and affection with both parents.

2.)   Professional ignorance and incompetence

Families are being destroyed, childhoods are being destroyed, by rampant and unchecked professional ignorance and incompetence in professional psychology and the family courts, and no one is stopping the destruction of children and families.

The loving bond of shared affection between children and parents is being systematically destroyed by the spiteful malevolence of the other parent in revenge for the divorce, and professional psychology is allowing it, in fact, colluding with it.

We are asking for the help of the APA in upholding standards of professional practice in professional psychology, its own documented standards of professional practice.

Professional-level knowledge and professional competence in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children and families is the right of all parents and children.  We are asking the APA’s support in our achieving that right for all parents, all families, and all children.

3.)  Financially motivated corruption in professional psychology

Professional psychology in the family courts is corrupt.  The mental health professionals in the family courts are financially feeding off of the suffering of children and families without ever solving anything. 

Professional psychology in the family courts is a corrupt financial system of failed professional practices.  Professional psychology knows this, and there is a conspiracy of silence in professional psychology to allow their continued feeding off of the suffering of families.

We are seeking the APA’s help in cleansing the corruption that is rampant throughout professional psychology in the family court system.  We are seeking standards of professional practice, consistent with the APA’s ethical code governing the practice of all psychologists.

It is the obligation of professional psychology to provide children and families with solution and healing through competent professional practice.  We are here to end the corruption in the family court system that feeds off of the suffering of families while never providing solution.

4.)   Abandoning children to child abuse

Alienating the child from the love of a parent is child abuse.  It is psychological child abuse.

Intentionally and malevolently destroying the child’s healthy bond of love and affection to a parent, to exact a spousal revenge for the divorce, is child abuse, psychological child abuse.

Professional psychology and the family courts are colluding with and supporting the psychological abuse of children.

We are here to end the psychological abuse of children.  We are here to restore children’s loving bonds of shared affection with both parents.

Children have the right to love, and to be loved.  We are here to protect the children from the psychological child abuse of “parental alienation” in divorce. 

Children are not weapons.  Children have the right of childhood to love both parents, and to receive the love of both parents in return.

This is my voice as a clinical psychologist.  Wendy and Rod will bring the voice of parents and children to Washington, D.C… 17,482 signatures on the Petition to the APA brings the voice of parents and families to Washington, D.C.

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857

 

Venice, Italy

I’m going to Venice, June 20-22.

My submission for a presentation to the EFCAP Congress in Venice, Italy has been accepted.

EFCAP Congress

 The title of my presentation is:

An Attachment-Based Model of Parental Alienation: Solutions for the Family Court.

There are separate discussions underway, that as long as I will be in Europe for the EFCAP presentation, for me to also hold a separate longer seminar at a location to be determined.  So there may be additional information about this in the days ahead.

In my Venice presentation, I will be introducing the pathology of AB-PA in an abbreviated way, moving into a structured and standardized assessment protocol, DSM-5 diagnosis, the Contingent Visitation Schedule, and the AB-PA Pilot Program for the family courts. A lot of ground to cover in a brief talk.

The central core of my Venice talk will be: Solutions for the Family Court

The world is changing.  The change is not incremental.  It is a reliance on the standard and established constructs and principles of professional psychology. 

Professional psychology can absolutely solve the pathology, and help the family courts solve the pathology, of attachment-related family pathology surrounding divorce.  We know what the pathology is:

Clinical Psychology:  The trans-generational transmission of attachment trauma from the childhood of the allied narcissistic/(borderline) parent to the current family relationships, mediated by the personality disorder pathology of the allied parent that is itself a product of this parent’s childhood attachment trauma.

(Bowlby, Beck, Millon).

Family Systems Therapy: The child’s “triangulation” into the spousal conflict through the formation of a “cross-generational coalition” with an allied parent against the targeted parent, resulting in an “emotional cutoff” in the child’s relationship with the targeted parent.

(Bowen, Minuchin, Haley)

We absolutely know what the pathology is.  It’s simply a matter of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, i.e., standard clinical psychology.

It is axiomatic in clinical psychology:

Assessment leads to diagnosis, and diagnosis guides treatment. 

This is the foundation of professional clinical practice.  It all begins with assessment.  Attachment-related pathology is always created by pathogenic parenting.  It’s simply a matter of differential diagnosis… which parent?

This becomes the differential diagnosis between child abuse (the targeted-rejected parent) and a cross-generational coalition (the allied and supposedly “favored” parent).

Children are not weapons.  A parent should never use a child as a weapon in the spousal conflict.  Children are not weapons.

If a parent weaponizes the child (a cross-generational coalition), professional psychology needs to stop this.  Using the child as a weapon in the spousal conflict is extremely bad parenting and is extremely destructive to the child.

Professional psychology needs to stop the parent from using the child as a weapon, and professional psychology must de-weaponize the child, restoring a healthy child and allowing the child to return to a normal childhood.  Children are not weapons.  Children should never be used as weapons.

Professional psychology will need the help of the Court.  This is a tough pathology.  In order to obtain the support of the Court, professional psychology must first bring the Court professional expertise.  Professional psychology must bring a solution.

The solution is found in the standard and established constructs and principles of professional psychology: assessment leads to diagnosis, and diagnosis guides treatment.

We know what the pathology is, and we know how to solve it.  It’s simply a matter of returning to the standard and established constructs and principles of professional psychology.

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857