Oh boy, the APA has proposed new Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Family Law Proceedings.
They are inviting “public comment” on a website they set up, I’ve got some comments.
They’re only allowing five comments in their five little boxes before they ratify the Guidelines and pass them.
Five’s not enough, there’s way more things wrong than just five. So I’ll be providing them with their five little box-comments, and then I’m doing a line-by-line analysis I’ll be posting to my website.
That’s going to be my first Comment – “See my line-by-line Commentary posted to my website.” Then I’ll give them my four most important critiques:
2) Violation to Principle D Justice
3) Violation to Standards 2.04 and 9.01 and failure in their duty to protect.
4) No inter-rater reliability, so they are not valid assessments of anything.
5) Harm to the client parent and child
If I’m the APA, I’d be worried about a class-action lawsuit with these Guidelines being the smoking gun for their collusion with and cover-up of unethical and negligent malpractice in the industry and practice of child custody evaluations.
And holy cow, if any child custody evaluator follows the Guidelines, they will become immensely vulnerable to a malpractice lawsuit on multiple counts. So that’s going to be kind of a problem for them.
I’m obviously available to testify in a malpractice or class-action lawsuit. I’m not a lawyer, I’m a psychologist, the lawyers need to do what lawyers do. My line-by-line Commentary on the proposed Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Family Law Proceedings is likely to be helpful with that.
In the next day or two, I’ll be posting my little box-comments here on my Public Facebook page. Feel free to use any or all of my comments as your own in your comments to the APA.
Here we go, cowabunga baby.
There is a reason for the APA ethics code. Because unethical practice hurts people, like here.
If you believe the shared delusion, you are part of the shared delusion, you are part of the pathology. When that pathology is child abuse, you, the mental health person are part of the child abuse – you, the mental health person are the child abuser.
If you are a mental health person who is colluding with the psychological abuse of the child, you need to lose your license to practice.
Google ignorance: lack of information or knowledge
Google incompetence: inability to do something successfully; ineptitude.
Google negligence: failure to take proper care in doing something. Law: failure to use reasonable care, resulting in damage or injury to another.
It’s not my license on the line.
Listen to this from the Guidelines: “These guidelines endeavor to provide aspirational direction to those psychologists who are asked to perform child custody evaluations.”
“endeavor” – you either provide or you don’t… they try.
“aspirational direction” – absolutely nothing – these Guidelines provide absolutely nothing – wait – they endeavor to provide absolutely nothing. That’s their goal, we’ll see if they achieve providing “aspirational direction” to child custody evaluators who don’t know what they’re doing; i.e., are incompetent by definition of the English language.
From the Guidelines: “Many training programs offer at least limited forensic exposure to family law, and psychologists are asked to perform child custody evaluations with varying levels of supervised experience in this area.”
Oh good, that’s probably so reassuring to parents, your child custody evaluator may have at least limited training exposure to what they’re doing, with varying levels of supervised experience actually conducting assessments of family conflict.
So for all the child custody evaluators who are incompetent and don’t know what you’re doing, good news. A secret “Working Group” of forensic psychologists are providing you with “aspirational direction.”
Whew. Boy, I’m sure glad these child custody evaluators with at least some limited training and experience in assessing family conflict now have “aspirational direction” in conducting assessments they only have minimal training to conduct.
Oh my goodness, and what about all the child custody evaluators who do NOT have at least limited exposure to assessing court-involved family conflict? I guess the “aspirational direction” provided by the APA for their ignorance and incompetence will help tremendously.
Thanks APA for your endeavor to provide “aspirational direction” (absolutely nothing) for ignorant child custody evaluators in the conduct of child custody evaluations.
From the Guidelines: “These Guidelines provide general recommendations for psychologists who seek to increase their awareness, knowledge, and skills in performing child custody evaluations.”
Are the Guidelines providing “general recommendations” or aspirational direction? Why would competent child custody evaluators need “general recommendations.”
General recommendations: 1) do the right thing, make accurate decisions, don’t be biased. There, all solved. Things are so much better now. I guess that child custody evaluators just start doing evaluations without these aspirational directions, so they get lost and confused about what they’re doing.
It’s so useful to have these aspirational general recommendations for the ignorant child custody evaluators who only have limited (or no) training and experience in assessing family conflict.
Stay tuned – the Dr. Childress Five Comments to the Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Family Law Proceedings are on their way here to my Public Facebook page – share to your heart’s content.
Followed by a line-by-line Commentary from Dr. Childress posted to my website.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857
From Dr Craig Childress:
“We are family. All of us.
There’s not you and me – there’s us.
The only reason we see you and me instead of family is because we’re insane. True. It comes from our biological-mind (Sapolsky), we do things based on how we’re wired up.
Yet we also have the ability to over-ride the wiring – that’s our amazing adaptability – frontal lobe executive function systems.
We all came from Africa. That’s where we are all from. All of us. All of us are on an unbroken line of ancestors, from our parents to our grandparents, to theirs and theirs, all the way back. We are on an unbroken chain of life.
Many – many – many died in their pixelated journeys through time, they left no progeny, no children. We are not descended from any of those journeys through life. We are directly descended from the ones who survived.
We were one once. We still are. We’re not them and us, we’re family… of African origin, that’s our homeland, all of us. Some of our family maintain their original beautiful hue and features, some of us have become pale and washed out from living up north in the snow and cold. We’re still family, you, me, us, you’re tall, you’re short, you’re in a wheelchair, you’re gay, you’re straight, you’re non-binary, black, white, brown, yellow, purple, plaid, you are an absolutely beautiful child, welcome to the world.
They’re not the enemy – their family. And… they are insane. And… so are we. Them and us, we are both insane, because we see enemies and not family… and because of that we do insanely violent and immensely cruel things to each other – to family.
That’s not right. We shouldn’t do that. We shouldn’t hurt them… and they shouldn’t hurt us. We started in Africa and some of us left, we wandered around a lot and forgot who we are, where we came from.
Then we met each other again, and we got scared. We had lost our connections as family, we didn’t understand. We remained pockets of small family governed by our biological-mind.
Then something changed 10,000 years ago. We began our journey to transformation, out of our biological-mind and into our humanity. It has been an immensely violent, sad, and traumatic journey.
We have reached the end. We are the final generations of the rippling trauma of our transformation, our children will be free of our traumas – they will face their own – but their traumas will be of their own choices and decisions – conscious and aware and handled differently.
We have been insane for so long, the violence and trauma was so vast and deep. It was a long-long journey of much suffering… too much… far too much. Our violence and insanity was out of control.
We’ve spasmed our recovery in the French Revolution (1790s), the Trail of Tears (1850) and the Civil War (1860), and in the Holocaust (1940). We are not so far away, we are still rippling the traumas of those who came before, our parents, their parents, and their’s and their’s.
I’ve watched the change, from Eisenhower and WW-II that I ripple, to Obama and Trump that are rippling our traumas still, our fears.
Our children are watching, are children are being traumatized in their childhoods, by economic uncertainty, a pandemic society of social isolation and fear, and social unrest and injustice.
We have two old-guys running to lead America. I remember both from their entire histories. I predate both in my cultural history, I’m Kennedy and Johnson, they’re 1980s and 90s. They’re both old as dirt, they are from a different era, a different time.
They all are, all of our leaders are old. That needs to change, and I suspect it will change once we clear pandemic. There is immense motivation for change, from our children, to create something better – for them – which is their absolute right.
I support their voice for change – we need to do a lot about providing economic opportunity for them… for our children. We need to do a lot about providing them with a safe, affordable, and top-tier education… for our children. We need to do a lot to ensure that our children have affordable healthcare for themselves and their families… for our children.
These are not “them” – they are family – our brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, cousins, grandparents, and our children… most importantly our children – not your children and my children – our children – we’re family… we are not enemies. You are simply insane. That’s okay, we’re still family… with an insane member, you, who simply needs some compassionate help to find sanity again. You’re still not my enemy, you’re just my crazy uncle Joe, or crazy aunt Mable.
First thing… stop being so mean. Social skills, you learned those in preschool. Use them. Second thing… stop shooting people. Everyone, stop it. Holy cow, everyone thinks that’s okay… no… it’s not. Stop shooting people.
“What if they’re a bad guy and they want to take my stuff and hurt me?” That’s crazy Bob, he’s the son of Mary and Joseph, no don’t shoot him, he’s family, let’s get him some help. Don’t kill him… let’s get him some help, he’s family and he’s having a hard time.
Stop shooting people.
“What about Nazis in WW-II, can we shoot them?” First off, there shouldn’t be Nazis, that should be a DSM-5.1 disorder; Pathological Anger and Pathological Violence. That should be a diagnosable psychiatric condition that receives treatment.
Craig Childress, Psy.D.Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY 18857”
In the finale of compiling , completing the same situation
in my experience of partnership , that gets worse in intent .
Exposing it lends a voice to the cause of better laws in lieu
of current , multi fractured corporate , oppositional
is intended to render more revenue .. Erasing families
The main factor in high conflict experiences , is the
malignant, never ending desire to destroy the financial
spiritual, and mental/physical health of their target .
I have no doubt of the abuse by leaders , with so much
shadow , and consciousness that’s displayed for
effect, as the mask of social norm decries .
No one seemed to note the horrific adverse behavior
but me , in what was the culture of suicide …
I am so blessed to note the awareness grows daily
as many awaken to the opportunities provided
in this crisis .
My preference thus to stay in that place of balance .
Now we know who , what , where , and when , we may
better act and enact as a conscious body in the best
interest of the family of Gaia …
Blessings & Peace
Last year, these improper payments totaled $140 billion – that’s about $12 billion per month.
— Read on www.forbes.com/
Stefanie Rodriguez is one of four social workers who are charged with child abuse and falsifying records in Gabriel Fernandez’s case.
Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services—the state agency that provides child protective services—has a practice of obtaining blank emergency custody orders pre-signed by judges. Social workers then fill out the documents with the necessary information after they’ve been signed by a judge and then use them to take custody of children from parents who have come under investigation. Let me repeat that: no judge actually reviews these orders, or the evidence used to justify separating a family, before signing them.
“Children are being illegally taken from their home without judges’ proper authority.”
— Read on reason.com/2019/05/09/kentucky-cabinet-family-health-child-services-judges-pre-signed/
I totally concur , in the family who fails to consciously
and spiritually educated a child ; the adulting can be
in mid 30s after careers and families are established ,
spirituality begins to tug at the near 40 year old , who
reviews their life so far. Feeling the need to stand for
something , as if unaccomplished can motivate unnecessarily
instead of simply reviewing , setting intentions , and
enjoying the journey .
It was at 37 , as our youngest was 6 , that my mothering
was challenged by RX addiction , 17 days in hell that is
a psychiatric unit , establishing the matrix of domestic
abuse ignored in lieu of mental illness.
I tried to go with the flow for the next 5, allowing I was
mentally ill, as no one supported domestic abuse, hearing
or seeing the truth .
A definite hindered effort to mature …
Experts say it’s “increasingly absurd” to say we move instantly from childhood to adulthood
— Read on www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/people-don-apos-t-become-100300736.html
She’s good, charging over $1500 per hour, unobtainable for many
the humongous need for education is vital . Thwarted by the
control of all involved professionals who must stick to government
guidelines is not the best thing for families , being erased largely
for profit and control .
Ms Baker is expert , and does have truths to educate the public
who has accepted the abuse normal.
How can one parent turn a child against the other parent? Amy Baker, Ph.D, a researcher and author, explains parental alienation.
— Read on www.cbsnews.com/video/psychological-manipulation-an-expert-explains-parental-alienation-to-48-hours/