I can diagnose this pathology. I can identify when it is present, and when it is absent. I know how to assess for it, and I know how to treat it. I can achieve a successful resolution of the family conflict in 12-weeks, six is my goal, two is my hope.
Those are the assertions of Dr. Childress:
I know how to assess the pathology in all its dimensions and factors, and how to document that in my chart notes and reports.
I know how to make a diagnosis of the pathology, including the DSM-5 diagnosis of V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse (p. 719) when warranted.
I know how to treat the pathology of Child Psychological Abuse by a pathogenic allied parent, with a written treatment plan of six-weeks, full recovery.
If you can’t do that… then you don’t know what you are doing. Stop working with these children and families until you know what you’re doing.
Do you see the double-bind? Their professional practice has to at-least match mine.
I am applying the established knowledge of professional psychology, I can reliably assess for and identify the presence or absence of the pathology,
Applying the established knowledge of professional psychology, I can reliably assess for Child Psychological Abuse (DSM-5) and IPV spousal abuse, using the child as a weapon.
Applying the established knowledge of professional psychology, I can bring in a complete recovery of the authentic child and a healthy and bonded relationship of the child with the formerly targeted-rejected parent in six weeks – written treatment plan. I’m shooting for six weeks, hopefully substantially less.
Can they? Are they able to identify when the pathology is present and when it’s not? How? How is the presence or absence documented, in their assessment? By what criteria?
I can explain that for my assessment, how and criteria, documented in the patient record.
Are they able to diagnose Child Psychological Abuse, DSM-5? How? How is the presence or absence documented, in their assessment? By what criteria?
Note something very important about the DSM-5… it is a real diagnostic system with real pathologies in it. They don’t add made-up stuff. Everything in the DSM-5 is a form of pathology.
The DSM-5 lists four types of child abuse It’s in a Section called “Child Maltreatment and Neglect Problems” beginning on page 717.
V995.54 Child Physical Abuse (p. 717)
V996.53 Child Sexual Abuse (p. 718)
V995.52 Child Neglect (p. 718)
V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse (p. 919)
Four types. All equal in severity. The DSM-5 doesn’t say take the two physical forms – aggressive physical assault and profound neglect of basic food and care – and make those more important than the relationship-based child abuse of sexual and psychological child abuse.
It doesn’t say that. Four types. All equal. All very-very serious.
Dr. Childress can diagnose for V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse when warranted by the child symptoms and family relationships.
Can you? If not, then you are likely failing in your duty to protect, simply by not doing an assessment for it.
If you cannot do a reliable and documented assessment for a DSM-5 diagnosis of V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse, stop working with this pathology… now.
If you cannot do a reliable diagnosis of schizophrenia, don’t work with schizophrenia until you learn how to diagnose it. If you cannot do a reliable diagnosis of autism, don’t work with autism until you learn how to diagnose it. If you can’t do a reliable diagnosis of major depression, or eating disorders, or ADHD… don’t work with these pathologies until you learn how to diagnose them.
Dr. Childress can make a reliable DSM-5 diagnosis of V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse when warranted… can you? How, by what criteria? Documented in the patient’s medical record.
If you cannot do a reliable and documented assessment for a DSM-5 diagnosis of V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse, stop working with this pathology… now. You are not competent to be working with this pathology.
That’s not Dr. Childress saying stop, that’s Standard 2.01a and 9.01a saying stop, until you learn how to make a reliable diagnosis, using established criteria, documented in the patient’s medical record.
APA ethics code and duty to protect. Non-negotiable, not optional. Required, 100% of the time, all case. Mandatory.
I’m not the top standard… I’m the minimum standard.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857ch