I received the following essay from my colleague Bill Soules, PhD a week ago. Dr. Soules is a New Mexican state senator and educator—a champion working to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). I am publishing his article, a call to action, with his permission. —Dominic Cappello Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such as abuse, neglect, and witnessing experiences like parental conflict and substance abuse, have been found to have devastating effects on the future health and…
— Read on www.acesconnection.com/blog/a-teacher-discovers-the-magnitude-of-childhood-trauma-in-his-classroom-aces-at-onate-high-school
The U.S. was the only country to vote against the language.
— Read on news.vice.com/en_us/article/ev38j7/the-us-tried-to-take-language-on-reproductive-health-out-of-a-un-resolution-to-prevent-violence-against-women
Trauma repeats patterns. One of the abuse patterns of this pathogen is to isolate the victim from any potential rescue or support… in this case, that’s you… you are being isolated in “forensic psychology” and the courts from any possible rescue and support.
You are the intended victim of the emotional and psychological abuse, the other parent is using the child as the weapon to abuse you. The loving bond you share with the child is the vehicle that the other spouse-and-parent is using to inflict immense emotional and psychological suffering on you (punishing you for the marriage and divorce).
The pathogen (the rippling of trauma) has isolated you from support and rescue. It has created a situation where you must do the most difficult thing possible in order to have a relationship with your child… you must document and expose the pathology in court through trial, using standards of legal evidence, in an exceedingly expensive court trial, before a judge who does not understand complex psychological pathology. What could possibly be more difficult?
The diagnosis of pathology is NOT accomplished through litigation. If a child has ADHD, we don’t litigate the diagnosis to prove ADHD to the court in trial. If a young person develops schizophrenia, we don’t have to prove the diagnosis to a judge, in court, by trial. Pathology is diagnosed by psychologists, not judges.
But you are isolated away from clinical psychologists (the fixing psychologists) and you are given entirely to “forensic psychologists” who are stone-cold stupid. They know absolutely nothing about attachment, trauma, family systems therapy, or personality disorders.
Don’t believe me? Ask them to complete the Curriculum Knowledge Scale to show us just what they know… or don’t know.
Curriculum Knowledge Scale
They will refuse to complete this scale because it will expose them for being stone-cold ignorant.
We need to extract you from your isolation in the courts and forensic psychology, and we need to return the diagnosis of pathology to clinical psychology. AB-PA represents the return of clinical psychology (complex trauma, attachment, personality pathology, family systems therapy) to court-involved practice.
There are two extraction packages in development to extract your families from the court system and return your families to diagnosis by clinical psychology (by professionals who know about the attachment system, complex trauma, personality disorder pathology, and family systems therapy).
The first extraction package is from clinical psychology, it is the six-session treatment focused assessment protocol.
Assessment of Attachment-Related Pathology Surrounding Divorce
This is a clinical psychology assessment protocol for the referral question:
Referral Question: Which parent is the source of pathogenic parenting creating the child’s attachment-related pathology, and what are the treatment implications?
This extraction packet will require the consent of both parents for the clinical psychology assessment… or by court order. The current goal is to obtain this court order by stipulation of both parties in pre-trial agreement, the long-term goal is to structure a progressive intervention process of increasingly focused interventions.
This stipulated agreement by both parties for a treatment focused clinical psychology assessment was acheived in one case I was involved in, and I will be sharing the structure for the court order that both parties agreed to once that case concludes (I do not want to interfere with any actively open case by posting specifics until it’s closed).
But this was a major advancement. Both parties reached a stipulated agreement for a treatment-focused clinical psychology assessment of the family, structured around the Diagnostic Checklist for Pathogenic Parenting and the Parenting Practices Rating Scale.
The goal is NOT to prove “bad parenting,” the goal is to identify the treatment needs of the family – solution focused – the goal is to restore the family’s successful transition to a healthy separated family structure, in which the child’s loving attachment bonds to both parents are rich, full, and complete.
Solution focused goal: A healthy post-divorce separated family structure. That’s non-negotiable because a healthy separated family structure is always in the child’s best interests following divorce.
The six-session, treatment focused assessment protocol requires the participation of all the family members (both parents and all the children), so it requires the agreement of both parents or else it needs a court order.
The second court extraction method is through the Custody Resolution Method (CRM) from Dorcy Pruter and the Conscious Co-Parenting Institute. CRM is a systematic compilation and organization of documented data into themes and indicators of concern, using standard research methodology for data compilation with “archival data” (existing documented data sets).
CRM uses all documented data sources – reports, emails, text messages – all documented data – to compile frequencies for themes and identify family symptom indicators of concern based on structured definitions for each indicator.
Trained data taggers go through the documented data piece-by-piece, tagging each piece of evidence for the indicators of concern. This yields a compiled frequency profile for each indicator of concern from the data set.
A “family code” can be generated from this data tagging procedure using the Diagnostic Checklist for Pathogenic Parenting and the Parenting Practices Rating Scale. This family code can then be interpreted by professional psychology relative to family processes of concern.
The “family code” generated by CRM is based on the documented data set, and because symptom identification was not done by a mental health professional directly with the family members, the indicators of concern and the family code generated would need verification by a mental health professional directly through clinical interviews.
However, data compilation by CRM does not require the agreement of both parents (the targeted parent provides the data set for compiling) nor a court order. It can be sought by one parent – the targeted parent.
Whereas a six-session treatment focused assessment requires the agreement of both parents or court order… CRM does not. One party – the targeted parent – can supply the documented data set of reports, emails, texts, etc. to the Conscious Co-Parenting Institute CRM team for data tagging and compilation.
CRM compiles and organizes the data set into meaningful categories, identifying frequencies for each category in the documented evidence for each indicator of concern. This CRM data profile can then be used in the legal argument for the next-level intervention of a six-session treatment focused assessment that will document through direct clinical interview with a mental health professional the indicators of concern identified in the CRM data compilation profile.
The goal is to achieve a pre-trial stipulated agreement to solutions rather than requiring court orders. If we need court orders we will have the legal argument package for those orders, but our goal is a stipulated agreement to solutions.
Once we achieve this framework, we then layer on the lower-level solutions advancing to the higher-order solutions, and it all becomes structured, low-cost, and as low-conflict as possible (recognizing that the severity of the pathology may require higher order intervention if needed).
There are now three alternative approaches available to parents and the courts:
Traditional Custody Evaluation: A traditional $20,000 to $40,000 child custody evaluation and report taking six to nine months to complete.
CRM: Data compilation and profile report from all sources of documented data (reports, emails, texts, etc.) for identified indicators of concern within the family.
Treatment Focused Clinical Psychology Assessment: A structured limited-scope clinical psychology assessment to answer the referral question: “Which parent is the source of pathogenic parenting creating the child’s attachment-related pathology, and what are the treatment implications?”
Change is here. As family law attorneys develop the various court orders for solutions in cases that I’m involved in, I will provide the structure for these orders to Dorcy at the Conscious Co-Parenting Institute (CCPI) as an available inter-professional resource.
Dorcy and her coaches can then collaborate with parents and their attorneys on acquiring the proper court orders that lead to solution. We are building solution. Change is happening.
Our goal is to extract your families from the legal system and return assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of pathology back to clinical psychology – NOT “forensic psychology”; we are rescuing you from forensic psychology as well; it is forensic psychology who are colluding with your abuse.
Change seems new and different, until it’s not. Things need to change.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857
If you haven’t watched the movie Gandhi, I’d suggest you watch it. It is the strategy we’re using. Martin Luther King, Jr. too. It is a strategy of exposing the injustice by forcing it into its cruelty.
In 2019, one of the things I’m going to be asking targeted-chosen parents to do is to get trauma recovery therapy for you – for yourself. Your trauma is traumatic grief – it is a form of complex trauma.
As a clinical psychologist, I am referring targeted-chosen parents to therapy for your sadness, grief, and loss.
I want targeted-chosen parents to find a trauma-informed therapist or domestic violence therapist, and to get treatment for their complex trauma… at least six months.
These therapists are your allies in professional psychology. We will want to incorporate them into the treatment team for your families. We want them to provide consultation to other mental health professionals involved with your family.
Besides your own recovery, the other thing this does is exposes your trauma to your abusers – forensic psychology, who is colluding with the pathology in creating your traumatic grief and loss. Clinical psychology is going to start treating the emotional trauma created by forensic psychology.
That will create an interesting position, one component of professional psychology treating the trauma created by another component of professional psychology.
This is a trauma pathology. You are the target. You are being abused; emotionally and psychologically abused. You are being emotionally traumatized by the loss of your children; it is a form of complex trauma called “traumatic grief” – it is a sadness so deep, and a grief so profound and for so long, that it is traumatic. Complex trauma; traumatic grief.
Forensic psychology is colluding with your abuse and traumatization. We are going to expose that by treating your abuse and trauma.
We will recruit your therapists to add their professional voice to yours in seeking solutions. Don’t you recruit… you just get therapy. Let me recruit them. When the time comes I will provide you with letters to give to your trauma therapist. You let me handle that. You… get therapy for your traumatic grief, at least six months.
One component of professional psychology is going to begin treating the emotional and psychological trauma being systematically created by another component of professional psychology.
Gandhi was kind and compassionate… always kind… and he was tough as nails – relentless, and immensely annoying to the injustice of British colonial rule. He fought injustice by exposing it. That is our approach, we are going to expose the pathogen.
You are being traumatized. Get therapy for the trauma, the emotional trauma, your traumatic grief. Clinical psychology treating the trauma created by forensic psychology and the family courts.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857
A pathological liar does not even start to describe a Narcissist’s use of lies when they are on the prowl for their supply!
— Read on afternarcissisticabuse.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/a-pathological-liar-does-not-even-start-to-describe-a-narcissists-use-of-lies-when-they-are-on-the-prowl-for-their-supply/