Hi Dorcy. I have a thought about times coming and I want to put the thought with you as well.
As you’re aware, I’m focused on bringing Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) to the family courts, adapted to the parent-child conflict. That will give us immediate competence in cognitive therapy for the delusional beliefs, Applied Behavioral Analysis behavior therapy to identify the inauthentic conflict, and Mindfulness to de-stress the child and teach self-authenticity skills.
It also brings any fighting about treatment to an end. We bring the fighting about diagnosis to an end. Then we bring fighting about therapy to an end. And we import professional competence in multiple levels.
DBT is weak on attachment – that’s Tronick & Gold, the Power of Discord. But we’ll work that in once the structure is established.
Traditional DBT is also a treatment team model. DBT relies heavily on skills instruction in addition to the CBT and Mindfulness therapy components. Traditional DBT in the treatment team model often uses coaches to deliver the skills training, such as in Distress Tolerance skills for the borderline personality, while the mental health therapist delivers the CBT and Mindfulness components.
Here’s my idea.
I’ve hired a grad-student assistant from the University of Washington, Rachel. She’s been with me for the past year learning the pathology and my practice. The University of Washington is home to Linehan and DBT.
As Rachel progresses into next year’s studies, I’m going to ask for her help in some initial adaptations of DBT to the family court pathology. Specifically, I want to develop the modified skill set for instruction to the parents – targeted and pathological – and the child.
Why re-invent the wheel?
I am anticipating that sometime in the future, I’m going to ask Rachel to contact you asking if you have a Conscious Co-Parenting Skills Training protocol. I would like to import it trademarked to you into the recommended adapted DBT skills training curriculum.
Heads up, think about packaging the Parent & Child Skills Training protocol from the Conscious Co-Parenting Institute for inclusion in a DBT court-adapted therapy model.
Also… DBT is accustomed to working with a therapist-coach treatment team model. As you’re aware, I think that’s an excellent model for the family courts. The CCPI coaches would deliver the skills training packages, the DBT therapist would deliver the CBT and Mindfulness components.
Your knowledge regarding recovery could then ‘back-flow’ into the mental health system as part of an integrated team. You understand the model, I’ll be recommending it with DBT as the core.
Heads up. Plant in the spring to harvest in the fall. The idea organizes, we move toward the idea, the strange attractor in the chaos of the pathology. We need a treatment plan, for that we need an accurate diagnosis.
There was before the Balkans. There is after the Balkans. We will be advancing into a different phase of potential chaos, from which order arises… proper order… sane order… one based in actual reality and professional competence.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY 18857