I’m a clinical psychologist in forensic psychology world. That’s very dangerous for me. That’s very dangerous for them. Court-involved psychology world is entering a dangerous time.
Times of change are like that.
The pathogen thought it had gotten rid of all us clinical psychologists, and it did. I tripped. I was curious and oops, I fell down the rabbit hole. Once I saw I couldn’t leave.
I have duty to protect obligations, and I’m a trauma psychologist out of foster care. This is my pathology – child abuse. I was headed a different direction but I changed direction and I stayed here. I am treating the trauma being created by the forensic psychologists.
Weird, right? A clinical psychologist is in the family courts treating the trauma being created by another group of psychologists, the forensic psychologists. Weird world, but true.
You’ve been abandoned by clinical psychology. I’m sorry, that shouldn’t have happened. It did. We need to fix that. Once I saw, I remained until we could get you and your kids safe. That’s what clinical psychologists do – we go where the pain is and we remain there – helping.
You were abandoned by clinical psychology. I’m a clinical psychologist. I’m not going to abandon you, I’m here now. We need to fix things.
We’re not there yet – but we’re getting there. The pathogen was well-entrenched with many allies. We will be exposing the pathogen. We will be exposing its allies.
We are not stopping until the pathology in the family courts is solved. We never abandon a single child to child abuse – not one. We’re going to fix what’s broken, and there’s a lot broken – so we’re going to fix a lot.
It’s easy. We just need to do things differently. We need to start doing the fixing things instead of the broken things. If we just keep doing the broken things over-and-over, nothing gets fixed.
We need to do things differently. We need to do the fixing things.
Diagnosis means identify
Pathology means problem
Treatment means fix it
You want a treatment plan to fix the problem in your family. To develop a treatment plan to fix the problem, you will first need to identify what the problem is – the treatment for cancer is different than the treatment for diabetes.
What is the diagnosis for the problem in the family?
A child rejecting a parent is an attachment pathology, a problem in the love-and-bonding system of the brain. The differential diagnosis for severe attachment pathology is child abuse by one parent or the other.
1) Is the targeted parent abusing the child, thereby creating the child’s attachment pathology toward that parent?
2) Or is the allied parent psychologically abusing the child by created a shared persecutory delusion and false attachment pathology in the child?
Diagnosis guides treatment. The treatment for child abuse by the targeted parent is different than the treatment for child psychological abuse by the allied parent. What is the diagnosis?
An accurate diagnosis is crucial with child abuse.
If you believe a shared delusion, you become PART of the shared delusion, you become part of the pathology. When that pathology is psychological child abuse, you become part of the child abuse, you, the mental health person, become the child abuser.
In all cases of court-involved custody conflict involving attachment pathology displayed by the child, a proper risk assessment for possible child abuse needs to be conducted to the appropriate differential diagnosis for each parent.
The assessment for a delusional thought disorder is a Mental Status Exam of thought and perception. Google negligence: failure to take proper care in doing something.
Are the opinions contained in their recommendations, reports, diagnostic and evaluative statements, including their forensic testimony, based on information and techniques sufficient to substantiate their findings?
9.01 Bases for Assessments
(a) Psychologists base the opinions contained in their recommendations, reports, and diagnostic or evaluative statements, including forensic testimony, on information and techniques sufficient to substantiate their findings. (See also Standard 2.04, Bases for Scientific and Professional Judgments.)
The APA ethics code says what it says, and the APA ethics code is mandatory – required. Note the citation in Standard 9.01 to Standard 2.04.
Was the established scientific and professional knowledge of the discipline applied as the bases for their professional judgments?
Did they apply the knowledge? 2.04
Do they know the knowledge? 2.01
If they do not know and did not apply the established scientific and professional knowledge of the discipline as the bases for their professional judgments, then the opinions contained in their recommendations, reports, and diagnostic or evaluative statements, including forensic testimony, are NOT based on information and techniques sufficient to substantiate their findings.
The established scientific and professional knowledge of the discipline required for application is:
• Attachment – Bowlby and others
• Family systems therapy – Bowen and others
• Personality disorders – Millon and others
• Complex trauma – van der Kolk and others
• Child development – Tronick and others
• Self psychology – Kohut and others
• DSM-5 diagnostic system – American Psychiatric Association
They are not allowed to be incompetent. But they are. That needs to end. The patient should NEVER have to educate the doctor about pathology – they should already know.
The APA ethics code says what it says. They have obligations.
Where are the licensing boards enforcing ethical standard of practice in forensic psychology? Nowhere to be seen. Why is that?
The pathogen and its allies are dangerous to me. I have made you dangerous to the pathogen and its allies in return. Knowledge is immensely dangerous to ignorance.
You need to be empowered to protect your children. Knowledge is power. You be safe. Have a plan. Be centered. Do the right thing, let outcomes take care of themselves.
What’s the right thing to do? I dunno. I just know how to find that path for me.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY 18857