APA , Childress agree, not such thing as parental alienation , it’s Child Psychological Abuse, continuation of Malignant , intimate partner violence

I have tried to change my site to CPA , and will need help doing so.

I’m self taught , with some help from friends on all things computer

Am I clear? I want to be entirely clear. I agree with the American Psychiatric Association.

I’m an old-school conservative clinical psychologist. I apply knowledge, I don’t create it.

The Gardnerian PAS “experts” are a rag-tag group of misfit toys. Am I being vague? I don’t want to be vague, I want to be clear.

They reject the diagnostic guidance of the American Psychiatric Association – they think the APA is wrong and that they know more about diagnosis than the APA – and they reject the ethical guidance of the American Psychological Association – they think ethical standards don’t apply to them.

They’re wrong, they do. Ethical Standards of practice are mandatory. Ethical practice is not optional, it is required.

In 2013 the American Psychiatric Association made its determination on the diagnostic construct of “parental alienation” with the publication of the DSM-5. They said no – the APA said there is no such thing as “parental alienation”. For all professionals, that’s the end of it. That’s the end of the discussion. The APA said no, it does not exist as a diagnostic entity.

I agree 100% with the American Psychiatric Association. The construct of “parental alienation” is the worst diagnostic model for a pathology ever constructed since the beginning of time. It is awful, absolutely awful in so many ways.

The American Psychiatric Association is right. I agree with the American Psychiatric Association, there is no such thing as “parental alienation” – Childress, year 1.

The Gardnerian PAS “experts” assert that the APA is wrong. They assert that they know more about diagnosis and pathology than the American Psychiatric Association does, and they CONTINUE to use a diagnostic construct that does NOT exist in professional psychology.

In continuing to use the construct of “parental alienation” in a professional capacity, the Gardnerian PAS “experts” substantially degrade the quality of mental health services in the family courts.

The Gardnerian PAS “experts” are a fringe group of professionals who reject the diagnostic guidance of the American Psychiatric Association and the ethical guidance of the American Psychological Association.

Meanwhile, the forensic custody evaluators in the family courts are ignorant, incompetent, and unethical – and no one cares. They are simply financially exploiting the parent while solving nothing.

We need a pilot program for the family courts with university involvement for evaluation research to develop standardized high-quality diagnostic assessment and treatment protocols.

Amicus Letter for CA SB-331

Risk Assessment Handout

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY 18857

Childress : The Drain of Family Courts & More

I just finished traveling for testimony. I hate traveling. I walked to the airport. I no longer live in the known universe.

The fairies bring me over from my tropical island paradise off the coast of Seattle and I walk up to the trains that drop me off at the SEATAC airport. I literally walk to the airport, and baseball games.

I have left the known universe and live is some parallel multiverse of reality now. That’s not possible but it just happened.

And I’m exhausted. I can only stay in your universe for short bits of time or like Marty McFly I begin to disappear.

Two days of travel and one day of testimony wipes out an old-guy like me, and it is immensely disruptive to my life and practice. It is also majorly expensive for the client to pay for three full days of my time.

I think I may need to add a wear-and-tear surcharge for the wear-and-tear on an old guy, making me cross universes and all, that portal of passage is tough.

The portal of passage’s not tough, I just walk into it like a Stargate thing, the fairies are very accommodating at dropping me off in your world. It’s remaining in your world that’s the wear-and-tear part. I start to vanish.

I live in the Internet now. Howdy. I can easily testify remotely. Remote testimony is a good thing. Holy cow, I’m so much less expensive when it’s just a couple of hours rather than days.

Is my in-person testimony more powerful because I’m in-person? Probably. It feels that way. When I’m sitting right next to the judge in my witness stand chair, I’m present.

I think I’m pretty good at testimony by this point. I’ve done it a lot. I’m way more experienced as a testifying expert than either of the attorneys are at examining me.

As an expert witness, I’m not an advocate. I’m evidence. That’s my role in the courts. I allow the attorney to present the evidence. I listen to the question, I answer the question, then I stop and wait for the next question.

I don’t fight with opposing counsel. They have a job to do in the courts and I understand what their job is. It’s to discredit my testimony in any way possible. They try. I listen to their question, I answer their question, then I stop and wait for the next question.

Opposing counsel has two options, 1) attack my opinion… the problem is, I don’t have an opinion, I apply knowledge and I can explain the knowledge all day, or 2) they try to slander my professional reputation. I don’t think that works either.

The opposing counsel can make the argument to the judge that I’m somehow an unethical psychologist who is not credible in my testimony as a result. I don’t think the judges believe it, and I think it’s less-and-less believable as I become a known entity in the courts.

I don’t fight with opposing counsel. They have a job to do. Ultimately, the legal system will need to reevaluate the role of opposing counsel when possible child abuse is a consideration. As an attorney, they are an officer of the court. To mislead the court through deception or tactics of delay that results in the court’s participating in the child abuse is problematic professional behavior.

When possible child abuse is a consideration, the zealous advocate role for the abusive parent needs to be tempered with truth.

We’ll have that discussion someday when the legal system wants to have that discussion – the respective roles of Forensic and Clinical Psychology in the family courts. I’ll speak for clinical psychology – treatment not custody.

I have couple of appointments today. I’m exhausted but at least I’m home. Mr. Pippin’s glad to have me back, and I’m glad to be back in my universe-of-origin again.

I don’t like being in your world anymore. I’m perfectly content on my tropical island in the Pacific Northwest drinking tropical drinks with little umbrellas – climate change, adapt and get used to it.

Don’t make me travel. Don’t make me come back to your world to often. I start to fade until I get back to my island with my fairies and trees and mermaids and stuff.

I have to board Mr. Pippin when I’m away from home. He doesn’t like that. I don’t like that. Don’t make me travel. I live in the Internet now, I’m in the otherworld not your world. I can be anywhere on the planet in a blink at the speed of our connection into the world-wide web.

Don’t think of me as young-Luke, think of me as a dead Yoda, still around but all kinda glowing and twinkly now, smiling with Ben and your dad. Go get ’em Luke… use the force, Luke. You can do it.

If you need my testimony, channel me in through the Stargate portal between your universe and mine.

Covid came and got everyone used to using the Internet. Use it. I can testify remotely nowadays. Because if you want me to travel for testimony, it’s gonna cost you for days of my time, because it costs me days of my time and more, I’m exhausted today.

It’s hard on an old-guy to travel. It used to be an adventure. I’ve adventured enough. I wanna be home with Mr. Pippin.

There are typically two-phases of my involvement on a matter – report writing and then testimony. My report is my power, my testimony is the support. My support can be through the world-wide web of our connections.

If I am required to manifest across the portal into your world, it’s going to cost you money because it costs me my life. I’m not in your world anymore. I walk to a Mariner’s baseball game, I walk to a Bob Dylan concert. I party with fairies in the woods and have esoteric conversations with a cat.

Don’t make me come out there. You people are nuts. I’m not. It’s like matter and anti-matter, and it doesn’t matter because I can testify remotely through the Internet and be anywhere in the world you need me to be, any office, any courtroom, anyplace at all.

I need to get ready to see a client. I’ll be in the next room in my home-office location. The client will be half-way around the world. Clients in Australia make me nuts trying to schedule, they are a whole day away. Am I in the future or are they. Is my today their tomorrow, or is their today my tomorrow?

It makes my brain hurt.

I’m a traveler of both time and space now, when you work with Dr. Childress, we’re always on Seattle time because that’s my home-universe now. Weird world.

Craig Childress, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY 18857

The Collapsed Narcissist

I have been aware that though I explain there is no understanding in the part of folks who block me ( blocking feelings , trauma , healing ) and keep false witness to soothe their own needs .

Helping one who has done much harm and still harbors ill feelings and abusive intentions blocks my progress . It’s as if I were compliant and accepting when I’m trying balance within and out and the other is still playing games and wearing a smile throughout .

So I’ve had the force that brought change and much was not my choice and educated choices are much better in the long run .

Separating myself from all attachments to be that 3rd person ; and observing along with research ,experience and dedication to knowing myself , being true to myself and surrendering to Divine ; Thy Will Be Done ✅

Others have Free Will ; I try to provide facts and my thoughts which have repelled by children and I’m surrendered to that .

I’m dedicated to balance in my life and folks who have no agenda and show respect , and love ❤️ and trust 🎁

That’s my Heaven On Earth

My physical home , and peace to be … to cook my meals, bake and alchemy with healing natural methods . Gardening , preserving food , writing ( I’m a poet at heart ❤️) and walking , plus a pet or 2 . It’s been since 2017 since I had space that welcomed pets without a great deal of money and conditions that were not safe for me , nor a pet .

2016 I had a natural habitat for what developed 3 dogs and 2 cats ; an eviction cost me all but 1 who moved with me twice and finally died of what I believe was Lyme related .

It’s been hard but that’s part of Retaliatory Landlord Abuse .

I learned retaliatory at the hands of a master to whom I have detached from long ago .He has not received the message,not accepted that I don’t belong to him .


Lawyer : Industry of Family Law Fail

I am a lawyer.  It didn’t help me any.  We need to create a network of lawyers in all 50 States who are experts in this.  I have attended Family Law bar meetings (not lately) but the INDUSTRY of family law from a lawyer’s perspective is “for profit” and “winning.”  Until we have a group of lawyers that actively believe that the for profit/winning mentality is superceded by saving a relationship (good luck) no one ever can win.

We need to start collating cases.  That means, having court observers, reading the dockets for your county, and finding ALL the targeted parents.  I am sure everyone knows the AMBER law, for a missing child, but there isn’t crap for the targeted parent.  Sadly as a pragmatist, and a survivor, venting is one thing, but changing things is another.  I want ANOTHER.  

This only works if this group wants to do the hard work.  I know that I LOST at every turn.  I was outsmarted and out maneuvered and I have exactly zero trust left.  None. I don’t trust anyone, anywhere.  Everything I did was used against me.  

Tonight on 60 minutes was a young man who started teaching the law to men in African prisons 13 years ago.  He is making change and was on Amanpour and 60 minutes.  Lawyers are smart.  They will find an answer to every answer.  So we have to be smarter.

I have lost both my children.  I have nothing better to do for the rest of my life.   Who wants to do this?  Not alone.  I can’t do it alone.  I waited to long. 


12 year old bullied hangs himself

Let me introduce you to Drayke Hardman.

He was 12 years old.

This week, he hung himself with his favorite hoodie from his bunk bed.

His bunk bed.

“Children are resilient”


They are people.

They have huge feelings and minimal coping skills, because THEY ARE BABIES.

It’s our job to change the narrative.


It starts with us, as parents.

It stops with us, as parents.

His story is below.

Let it break your heart.

Let it change you.

Let it change all of us.

We have to do better.

Please, stop right now and talk to your kids.


💔 #juststay

“Drayke Andrew Hardman was born to his loving parents Samie and Andrew Hardman on May 26th 2009. Drayke was incredibly loved by his family, he loved sports and had such a kind spirit. Drayke just wanted to be friends with everyone. Drayke had the biggest, bluest eyes. Sadly, Drayke had been experiencing bullying at school. His bully would pick on Drayke for every little thing, but despite this, Drayke desperately tried to be his bully’s friend. His school and parents were aware, and his bully had been previously suspended for bullying Drayke. On Monday, Drayke had come home with a black eye, he confided in his sister that his bully had hurt him. Two days later, on February 9th, 2022 Drayke’s older sister found him hanging with his favourite hoodie from his bunk bed. Drayke’s father immediately started CPR until paramedics took over, after 15 minutes, his heart started beating but the damage had already been done. On February 10th, 2022 Drayke passed away surrounded by his family, he was 12 years old. After his death, his family have started raising awareness for suicide and bullying. Drayke will forever be remembered as a loving boy with a kind heart. RIP Drayke (26th May 2009 – 10th February 2022)”

Please be kind and stand up for others. Be proactive. Teach your kids.

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 https://kidshelpline.com.au/

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/

Headspace: 1800 650 890 https://headspace.org.au/

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

Lifeline: 13 11 14 https://www.lifeline.org.au/

#draykehardman #doitfordrayke #suicide #suicideawarness #mentalhealthawareness #bullying #stopbullying #bekind

Family Courts : Craig Childress PsyD

There’s a problem in the family courts. Professional psychology is not meeting the needs of the families, the children, or the court.

We need a solution. What’s the solution?

We need an established diagnostic assessment protocol that everyone agrees on. We need a clearly established and agreed-to treatment protocol that fixes the pathology.

We need to stop the fight-and-fight surrounding the child, and we need to fix things.

How? How do we do that? What’s the solution?

We need turn to our universities to develop the diagnostic assessment and treatment protocols to fix things in the family courts, along with the supporting legal arguments needed to obtain the necessary diagnostic assessment and treatment.

Stop fighting about it. Put it to a top-university to develop the diagnostic assessment and treatment protocols for the attachment-related child pathology in the family courts.

Dr. Childress and Dorcy Pruter can provide the structure for an AB-PA/High Road pilot program for the family courts. What’s needed is university involvement for the evaluation research, i.e., to provide the organizational guidance in developing the diagnostic assessment and treatment protocols, and with developing the legal arguments of support.

We need to stop the fighting.

I’ll serve as the Clinical Director for an AB-PA/High Road pilot program for the family courts, and Dorcy Pruter will be a contracted consultant for recovery of children from complex trauma and child abuse using the High Road workshop.

We need university involvement for the organization and evaluation research. The university will need funding for their role in organization and research. They like that, they like receiving money to do research on something.

The best funding source would be state legislatures seeking a solution to the problems and endless fighting in the family courts. Put your best universities on it. Which university would serve as the Principle Investigator for an AB-PA/High Road pilot program for the family courts?

In California, I’d give the PI to Stanford’s Forensic Psychiatry Department. Because it’s CA, I’d also fund a second site location at UCLA-Pepperdine-Alliant universities in Southern California for geographic balance and for different focal interests.

My proposal would be to have Stanford Forensic Psychiatry be the PI organizing the multi-site research, with Stanford Forensic Psychiatry taking the leadership in developing the diagnostic assessment protocol (with involvement from a diagnostic team at UCLA in So Cal).

The So Cal site would, in-turn, focus more on developing the treatment protocol, i.e., court adapted Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT; Linehan), informed by court adapted Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT; Johnson). Susan Johnson has an academic appointment to Alliant University in San Diego.

I would anticipate that Sue Johnson’s International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy in San Diego would take leadership in developing the treatment protocol for the family courts at the So Cal site collaboration.

University researchers like receiving money to do things. So let’s bring them here to develop the diagnostic assessment and treatment protocols for the family courts – and the legal support arguments for obtaining the diagnostic assessment and treatment.

In a California AB-PA/High Road pilot program, the So Cal location with the EFT Center for Excellence could organize the integration of DBT adapted to the family courts, with the attachment therapy of EFT, coordinating with the diagnostic team at Stanford through the diagnostic team at UCLA.

Both Stanford and UCLA have world-class law schools. So just as both Stanford and UCLA lead two sites in the development of the diagnostic assessment and treatment protocols for the family courts, the law schools for those two universities could develop the supporting legal arguments for the diagnostic and treatment approach.

That’s what I’d recommend for a California solution. I would anticipate that this solution then spreads out to other locations nationally and internationally (i.e., the CA-Stanford diagnostic model). In a different state I might recommend only a single university with one big-city and one small-city site coordinated by one university.

In a two university approach in two different locations, one site leads development of the diagnostic protocol. One site leads development of the treatment protocol, i.e., court-adapted DBT informed by the attachment therapy of EFT.

Dr. Childress and Dorcy Pruter can provide the organizing structure through an AB-PA/High Road pilot program for the family courts – we need university involvement for the evaluation research.

When we were in the Netherlands in 2019, we proposed an AB-PA/High Road pilot program when we met with the Dutch Ministry of Justice, with Maastricht University for the evaluation research.

I’d propose an AB-PA/High Road pilot program for Canada, and for any state in the U.S. Pick your top universities and fund them to develop the diagnostic assessment and treatment protocols for the family courts.

Once they are developed… we can all use them everywhere.

It’s a win-win-win-win-win all the way around. Families win. Children win. Courts win. Everyone who wants to solve the pathology in the family courts, wins. Everyone wins – and we have a solution that everyone agrees to.

We stop the fighting. We now have a path to follow.

I would anticipate a 2-year grant for an AB-PA/High Road pilot program for the family courts, but only one year of that is active research. The first six months would be preparation, the last six months would be data analysis and writing up the results. In the middle would be a year of an active AB-PA/High Road pilot program for the family courts.

We’d need about 10 mental health therapists and 10 family law (amicus) attorneys at each site location, and then access to a court referred population based on the entry criteria into the AB-PA/High Road pilot program for the family courts. I’d like about 20 families, but that’s up to the research PI.

The actual program is not all that expensive. The most expensive part is likely to be the university teams and involvement.

I’d serve as the Clinical Director for an AB-PA/High Road pilot program for the family courts. I’ve been Clinical Director for two other projects, one a FEMA-DOJ project to develop a diagnostic assessment protocol for a court-involved child pathology. The other was Clinical Director for an assessment and treatment center for children in foster care, i.e., child abuse and attachment pathology.

I have background clinical expertise in assessing, diagnosing, and treating all four types of child abuse – and child abuse is the anticipated diagnosis, the only question is… which parent?

I’ve worked on major NIMH research projects with top university investigators. AB-PA is my work from Foundations. I can develop and implement an AB-PA/High Road pilot program for the family courts that can serve as the framework for developing the diagnostic assessment and treatment protocols.

Dorcy Pruter would serve as Consultant in recovery from complex trauma and child psychological abuse. The High Road workshop would be delivered at the mid-point between diagnosis and treatment. Once the diagnosis of Child Psychological Abuse (DSM-5 V995.51) is made and confirmed, the transition to the treatment phase would be through the High Road workshop into the follow-up maintenance care therapy of court-adapted DBT-EFT.

I anticipate Dorcy would do half of the High Road workshops, and that she’d train the university clinical research team in the High Road protocol, and they’d do half. That allows us to compare and replicate across workshop providers, with the workshop delivered to a high level of fidelity to the protocol developed by Ms. Pruter.

In this way, Ms. Pruter transfers the intellectual property of her approach that she developed with the High Road workshop into the healthcare and educational sectors for further research and development of the model.

I would encourage the applied expansion of Ms. Pruter’s approach into other trauma recovery domains like substance abuse recovery and reducing prison recidivism.

Ms. Pruter would retain her rights to the High Road trademark, but by training a university clinical research team she would also lose her intellectual property rights to the general approach. Following the AB-PA/High Road pilot program for the family courts, the involved university would be free to develop its own versions based on the principles, expanding them, modifying, testing, researching them in any way they’d like.

In return for her intellectual property transfer to the university, Ms. Pruter becomes the recognized goddess of trauma recovery. That is a status she already occupies, it’s just the formal recognition part that’s the addition.

The knowledge and skills of Dorcy Pruter are too valuable to be doing High Road workshops, as valuable as those are. She can train others to conduct the workshops to recover the kids, but it needs to be done properly.

There needs to be university involvement for the evaluation research.

You don’t think Dorcy’s the real deal? Put Dorcy to the test, ask her to recover the children you send to her based on an AB-PA diagnostic protocol. Have you ever seen My Cousin Vinny? You wanna put Dorcy to the test? Paaaleeese, be my guest.

Dorcy knows this pathology better than anyone on this planet. She’s seen it and worked it and recovered it up-close and personal for years-and-years.

I know this pathology better than anyone on this planet. Of course I do. I’m the best because that’s what my kids need. Dorcy Pruter is my first referral. Anytime Ms. Pruter and I are on a matter together, I consider her part of my treatment team in charge of recovery.

I listen to my treatment team. We work together toward a common goal – treatment – fixing things.

What things? Whatever things you have that need fixing? Diagnosis guides treatment. You tell me the diagnosis, I’ll tell you the treatment plan – for anything.

That’s how healthcare works.

Do you want to solve things in the family courts? Bring in your top universities and ask them to develop the diagnostic assessment and treatment protocols. Dr. Childress and Dorcy Pruter can provide the structure of an AB-PA/High Road pilot program for the family courts on which to layer the university evaluation research.

That’s the solution. I recommend the money come from a state legislature who wants to solve the pathology in the family courts. Give the issue to your best universities and let them solve it.

What are the top universities in Pennsylvania? Does Denver have any universities? How about the University of British Columbia?

Dr. Childress can bring a solution. Dorcy Pruter can bring a solution. We just need the invitation to bring a solution to the family courts. Don’t believe us? We’d like university involvement for the evaluation research please.

Put Dr. Childress & Dorcy Pruter to the test. Thank you, that’s much appreciated. I can identify it and Dorcy can fix it. So let’s do that, let’s fix it.

That’s what I think.

Craig Childress, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY 18857

Geivence Against Psychiatric Abuse

State Legislators: they represent you.

There are multiple lines all moving forward simultaneously – one of them is the legislative line with your state legislators – they represent you.

You have a grievance… with the licensing board’s failure to act to discipline incompetent and unethical malpractice by forensic psychologists.

This is child abuse. The courts and mental health professionals need greater guidance from the legislative branch regarding their obligations to protect children from child abuse. That means amending the child abuse reporting laws to more clearly define all forms of child abuse – including Child Psychological Abuse, DSM-5 V995.51 – and the obligations to protect the child.

Previous legislation was introduced in Florida to do this. There are forces that don’t want change… then there was the Trump era that sucked all the oxygen from the political room – then there was Covid that sucked all the oxygen from the political room.

We are starting to get our oxygen back within state legislatures and their interest in the injustice and child abuse occurring in the family courts.

The state licensing boards will be increasingly exposed for their cover-up of the unethical malpractice in forensic psychology. Parents only have two options when the licensing boards don’t protect the consumer and instead protect the ignorant, incompetent, and unethical forensic psychologist from accountability for their unethical malpractice.

1) Malpractice lawsuits filed in the courts.

2) Complaints to state representatives for legislative review of licensing boards and the corruption and exploitation within forensic psychology and the family courts.

A parent is in contact with their state legislator’s office regarding their matter. An aide was assigned. The parent, the aide, and I met in my doxy.me/drchildress office for background.

There was no opportunity to intervene on the individual matter, but the representative’s office requested more information about any prior legislation that has been helpful. That’s the way of things – we fight for each other – we move things forward step-by-step, no step is lost when we move together.

I sent this parent the following resources to provide to their state representative’s office:

The Florida proposed changes to the child abuse reporting laws that provide greater clarity to the courts and mental health professionals regarding child psychological abuse (DSM-5 V995.51) would be extremely helpful. The courts and mental health professionals need greater guidance and clarity from the legislative branch regarding the obligations surrounding child abuse.

Florida House Legislation Proposed: SB1342 Child Psychological Abuse (Torres) https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=58975

Florida Senate Legislation Proposed: HB1279 Child Psychological Abuse (Antone) https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=59358

In addition. Kentucky passed a rebuttable presumption of equal shared parenting legislation in 2018, and these laws too for a rebuttable presumption of equal shared parenting are also very helpful to calming court-involved custody conflicts.

Kentucky Equal Shared Parenting Law

US News: Equal Shared Parenting

Forbes: Equal Shared Parenting

I also have a presentation to the Pennsylvania House Children and Youth Committee on the situation in the family courts.

Pennsylvania Legislature: Dr. Childress Testimony

Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, CA PSY 18857

Trump’s separation of families constitutes torture, doctors find | US news | The Guardian

I can testify to this , and am doing my best to get these facts out there .


Evaluations of 26 people by Physicians for Human Rights provides first in-depth look at policy’s psychological impact
— Read on www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/25/trump-family-separations-children-torture-psychology

Robert De Niro, Grace Hightower reach custody deal on Valentine’s Day

With his immense wealth , and time invested , Robert can afford to be more

generous .

Robert De Niro and his estranged wife Grace Hightower rendezvoused in Manhattan court on Valentine’s Day to seal a custody deal.
— Read on pagesix.com/2020/02/14/robert-de-niro-and-grace-hightower-reach-custody-deal-on-valentines-day/