To my professional colleagues in forensic psychology… Just so you’re aware… I am currently working with attorneys and their parent-clients on ways of going after your license to practice.
First, we’re going to get your written treatment plan. If you don’t provide one, that’s grounds right there for a board complaint under informed consent for treatment (Standard 10.01). You can discuss with the licensing board why you think parents don’t need to know what your treatment is.
Once you give us your written treatment plan, forensic psychology, I’m going to dissect it, and that won’t be hard because your treatment plan will be so simplistic, and it won’t use ANY knowledge or principles from any form of psychotherapy.
That’s where I will take you apart, forensic psychology… there are four schools of psychotherapy: psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic-existential, family systems.
If you did NOT employ one of these schools of psychotherapy, then you are NOT doing psychotherapy. Ooops for you. Because you’re supposed to be doing psychotherapy – but you’re not.
You see, you can fool these normal people and the courts, because they don’t know what you’re supposed to be doing… but I do. oops for you.
Then I’ll look at your vitae. Where is your training in family systems therapy? uh-oh again.
You have no training in family therapy yet you are doing “family therapy” — that is NOT family therapy, but just something you’re making up entirely on your own.
Standard 2.01a of the APA ethics code (and every ethics code for each profession has a Standard like this) says you’re not allowed to practice outside the boundaries of your competence.
If you are doing family therapy… then you have to know family therapy – Bowen – Minuchin – Haley – Madanes – Satir…
Oh… but you think because you are a court-involved “forensic psychologist” you don’t need to know family therapy in order to do family therapy – that you’re exempt from knowing things – like about how to actually do family therapy.
You think family therapy is just something you “make up” (because truth and reality are whatever you say they are).
No. There is actual truth and actual reality. And actual family therapy – Bowen – Minuchin – Haley – Madanes – Satir…
But I’m not going to argue with you, forensic psychology. The parent-client is not going to argue with you. You can take it up with the licensing board – Standard 2.01a of the APA ethics code – competence. We’ll let you argue with them about what you do and don’t need to know.
So just an FYI, forensic psychology people… there’s a chance that Dr. Childress will be working with the targeted parent-client that you’re working with (that you are psychologically and emotionally abusing with your ignorance and incompetence; Standard 3.04 Harm to the Client), and I will be advising them on how to go after your license for your ignorance and incompetence that is causing substantial harm, maybe even writing a harsh and critical report to your licensing board regarding your apparent absence of competence.
Treatment plan. Let’s see your written treatment plan.
What’s that? You don’t provide written treatment plans? I know. Because then your ignorance and incompetence will be exposed – and you’ll be vulnerable to a licensing board complaint (or malpractice lawsuit for Tarasoff-range failure in the duty to protect).
Oh, did I mention that, forensic psychology? Did I mention the potential for Tarasoff-range lawsuits for failure in the duty to protect?
Did you do a trauma-informed assessment of the family pathology?
No? You don’t even know what that is, forensic psychologist? Yikes for you.
So you have no idea about the potential trauma factors influencing the family… and you didn’t even assess for a DSM-5 diagnosis of V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse… didn’t even assess… failure in the duty to protect… because of your ignorance and incompetence (Standard 2.01a)… resulting in harm to the child client (Standard 3.04), and… also to the targeted-parent client (“betrayal trauma,” traumatic grief, and “second injury” to the targeted parent).
And we’re just entering the year 2019. We’re not going anywhere. We’ll be doing this in 2020, 2021, 2022… going after your license – with my full consultation and help to the parents and their attorneys who are requiring you to know what you’re doing and to do a competent job of protecting children and treating family pathology.
And forensic psychology, you can’t say you didn’t know… because Dorcy and I were back in Boston in 2017 at your national convention… and I told you back then. These are the specific slides from my Boston AFCC presentation.
Oh, and if there is ever a RICO lawsuit, I’d recommend the AFCC and APA be included as the “organizing” syndicate agencies. The APA may ultimately be dropped from the lawsuit, but I’d start with them on it and make them disassociate themselves from forensic psychology in order to get off the lawsuit. But that’s just me, and I’m a psychologist not a lawyer, so I don’t know about these legal things.
But as a psychologist… I do understand that this “failure in the duty to protect” thing is pretty important. We can get sued for that. The landmark case on that was Tarasofff – it involved a failure in the duty to protect because of a failure in the duty to warn. In the case of these court-involved families, it would be failure in the duty to protect because of a failure to properly assess (a violation of Standard 9.01a of the APA ethics code).
I warned you over a year ago, forensic psychology, right at your convention, that you need to start knowing what you’re doing.
And then there’s Standard 2.03 of the APA ethics code that says psychologists have a responsibility to stay current – Mincuhin: 1974; Bowlby: 1980; Kernberg: 1977; Linehan: 1993; Bowen: 1978; Beck, 2004; van der Kolk 1987.
Not new stuff.
APA Standard 2.03 Maintaining Competence:
Psychologists undertake ongoing efforts to develop and maintain their competence.
It’s not our job to educate you, forensic psychology. Not our job. Salvador Minuchin in his 1993 book Family Healing provided a structural family diagram for exactly the pathology in the family. Top family systems therapist – from the school of psychotherapy for family therapy – family therapy – 1993 – twenty five years ago – a structural family diagram for the family pathology… cross-generational coalition and emotional cutoff – do you court-involved forensic therapists and evaluators know this diagram and what it means?
No, you don’t. Uh-oh again, a violation of Standard 2.03 on maintaining competence. This is not about Dr. Childress – none of this is Dr. Childress – Bowlby-Minuchin-Beck – standard knowledge.
That’s a big-big problem… for parents because their lives are being destroyed by the ignorance and incompetence of the mental health person… for the child because the mental health person is failing to assess for child abuse and is leaving the child in a psychologically abusive relationship (or is colluding with the abuse of the child)… and for the mental health person, because their ignorance is a violation of professional standards of practice (2.01a, 9.01a, 3.04, 2.03, and failure in the duty to protect).
The APA knows this. They’ve known it since June of 2018 when Wendy, Rod, and I delivered the Petition to the APA. We asked the APA for a press release affirming support for Standard 2.01a. The APA refuses to issue a statement in support of Standard 2.01a despite a direct request by over 20,000 parents asking for the APA’s support for professional competence.
APA: Complicity in Child Abuse
The forensic psychology therapist refuses to give parents a written treatment plan for their child.
The forensic psychology therapist refuses to document the child’s symptoms for the parent.
The forensic psychology therapist refuses to state specifically what problems the targeted parent has, yet blames the targeted parent for the child’s behavior.
The forensic psychology therapist has no background, training or experience in family therapy, in attachment pathology, in complex trauma, or in personality pathology in the family, yet they are assessing, diagnosing, and treating all of those pathologies in a family, despite knowing nothing about any of those factors.
And the APA is silent. Complicity in the ignorance and incompetence of psychologists, complicity and cover-up of child psychological abuse.
And we’re just starting 2019… 2020… 2021… 2022… we’re not going anywhere. All we are asking for is professional competence – Standard 2.01a of the APA ethics code.
They refuse. Okay then, next step… licensing board complaints and malpractice lawsuits. Not by our choice.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857