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/
HERE ARE 3 SIGNS SOMEONE IS SUFFERING FROM POST NARCISSIST STRESS DISORDER
3. DIFFICULTY RETURNING TO NORMAL LIFE
HOW TO HELP SOMEONE SUFFERING FROM POST NARCISSIST STRESS DISORDER
2. VALIDATE THEIR EMOTIONS
3. SUPPORT THEM
2019 is going to kick off with an interesting thing… I’m going to file an ethics complaint with the APA Ethics Committee against all of forensic psychology, the entire field, for violations of:
Standard 2.01a: Boundaries of Competence
Standard 9.01a: Competent Assessment
Standard 3.04: Harm to the Client
Standard 2.03: Maintaining Competence
Principle D: Justice
Duty to Protect
This same ethics complaint will also formally allege that the APA itself is colluding with the violation of ethical standards by covering up the violations of forensic psychology through not responding to the Petition to the APA.
That should be interesting, shouldn’t it… an ethics complaint to the APA alleging the APA is colluding with the violation of the APA ethics code by an entire field of psychology.
The media loves uncovering a cover up.
The Petition to the APA, signed by over 20,000 parents, was delivered to the APA offices in June of this year. It’s been six months. They’ve had more than enough time to respond.
Our first of three remedies in the Petition to the APA was for the APA to issue a simple press release affirming its support for Standard 2.01a of its own ethics code. That’s it. That’s all we’re asking for with the first remedy… a simple press release affirming that psychologists must know what they are doing.
The APA refuses to support its own ethics code requiring professional competence. Their silence speaks.
So that should be interesting, an ethics complaint to the APA that the APA is colluding with the violation of its own ethics code.
That starts 2019. Then… in February of 2019 I’m traveling to the Netherlands to present at a Symposium on February 25, at Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam. I will be presenting on AB-PA, it’s foundations, assessment, and diagnosis.
I have the great pleasure to be joined in this Symposium by Dr. Ad Oud who will present on trauma, along with presentations from Prof. Dr. Louis Tavecchio, Prof. Dr. Corine de Ruiter, and Prof. Dr. Maurits Barendrecht regarding the psychological, family, and legal issues surrounding “parental alienation” pathology in the Netherlands.
Knowledge is knowledge. Science is international.
van der Kolk (complex trauma),
Minuchin (family systems),
Beck (personality disorders)
This is established professional knowledge. There is zero-nothing “new” about AB-PA. There is only knowledge and ignorance.
The force of knowledge is powerful, and it is relentless.
I know the established knowledge in all four of these professional domains; attachment, complex trauma, family systems therapy, and personality disorders. All mental health professionals who are working with your children and families (court-involved attachment pathology) should know all four of these professional domains of knowledge as well. If not, why not? What’s their justification for their ignorance?
Curriculum Knowledge Checklist
I am taking the quietude of the holiday season to read, in preparation for the coming days. Here is my December’s reading list:
Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models. Courtois & Ford.
Principles of Trauma Therapy: A Guide to Symptoms, Evaluation, and Treatment. DSM-5 Update: Briere & Scott.
Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Szalavitz & Perry.
Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy. Courtouis.
Changing Relationships: Strategies for Therapists and Coaches. Madanes.
I already know the trauma literature. But it’s time that everyone who works with your children and families knows this information, so I want to brush up.
Four trauma books, one family systems. The Madanes book is just a treat-bonus that was published earlier in the year. It just dropped in from heaven. Cloe Madanes is a top-top tier family systems therapist, and her linkage of family therapy and coaching is wonderful for what we are doing here in developing court-involved family solutions.
As for the trauma books, I already know the trauma literature (Perry, Briere, van der Kolk, Courtois, etc.) from the actual research studies they’ve published. Their books are based on their research and as a clinical psychologist working in any field (trauma, ADHD, autism, etc.) we are expected to know and stay current on the actual research.
But I’ve been away from complex trauma for a while, over here in court-involved clinical psychology, so I’m freshening my knowledge and looking for good quotes for the coming days.
To my professional colleagues: I’m reading this, why aren’t you? Have you read Bowlby when you’re working with an attachment pathology? Have you read Beck and Millon and Linehan and Kernberg when you’re working with personality disorder pathology? Have you read Minuchin and Bowen and Haley and Madanes when you’re conducting family therapy?
And have you read Briere and van der Kolk and Perry and Courtois when you’re working with the generational transmission of complex trauma?
Why not? Don’t you think it would be useful to know what you’re doing? I do. These children and families are placing their entire lives in your hands. Don’t you think you should know what you’re doing?
To my professional colleagues: Going forward, we’re going to see which one of us the administrative bodies of our society agree with, you or me. We are going to ask the APA, your licensing boards, and the legal system to render their opinions about that question; Do you need to know stuff or not? Let’s find out their opinion on the matter.
Bowlby – Minuchin – Beck – van der Kolk; attachment, family systems – personality disorders – complex trauma.
To my professional colleagues: I know this information and I am asserting that it is essential that all mental health professionals working with court-involved attachment pathology know this information. Your position is what? That you don’t need to know this information? That ignorance is acceptable?
That’s an interesting position to take, that ignorance is acceptable and that knowledge is unnecessary.
To my professional colleagues: I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on that, and we’ll just have to see which one of us the APA and your licensing boards and the courts agree with; you… or me. Is the standard and established knowledge of professional psychology required for the practice of psychology or not? Is ignorance acceptable?
Oh… and to my professional colleagues, one more thing… If you’re wrong… then you may have failed in your “duty to protect” by not conducting an appropriate (trauma-informed) assessment of the family pathology – because of your ignorance. Yikes, you missed diagnosing child abuse – failing in your duty to protect – because of your ignorance of the standard and established knowledge in professional psychology.
2019 is looking to be an interesting year.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857
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