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An Attachment-Based Model of Parental Alienation: Foundations Paperback – May 28, 2015
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Dr. Childress is a licensed clinical psychologist currently in private practice in Pasadena, California. He teaches graduate level courses in Models of Psychotherapy, Assessment and Treatment Planning, Diagnosis and Psychopathology, Research Methods, and Child Development. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Childress served as the Clinical Director for an early childhood assessment and treatment center primarily working with children in the foster care system. The clinical focus of Dr. Childress is the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), angry and oppositional children, parent-child conflicts, parenting, and marital problems. He also has an additional clinical expertise in early childhood mental health, with a focus on the neurodevelopment of the brain during childhood.
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Awareness is psychoactive and opens up new options previously clouded out by ignorance. If you are up against an egosyntonic personality disordered person, usually a borderline/narcissist, you already have four major advantages over them: your relative mental health, your knowledge of their condition which means you know more about them than they do about themselves, their behavior is quite predictable and falls into familiar pathological patterns that you can document, and narcissists tend to get worse as they age so time is on your side. Knowledge, understanding, and awareness help you leverage all of these advantages. Outsmart them.
I believe we will look back on 2015/2016 as the turning point in our deeper understanding of pathogenic parenting as a particularly destructive form of coercive control that perpetuates the intergenerational cycle of domestic violence due to Dr. Childress' synthesis of two subfields of psychology with family systems thinking into a new paradigm for explaining the phenomenon previously known as 'parental alienation' but more accurately understood as pathogenic parenting.
Dr. Childress's pathogenic parenting stands in relation to parental alienation as coercive control does to domestic violence: a paradigm shift in our understanding of how borderline/narcissists use children for their own purposes, thereby damaging the child while hurting the other parent.
P.S. A greatly appreciated aspect of Dr. Childress's writings on this important subject is that they are not dumbed-down to an 8th grade level as most books on parental alienation. His writings do not insult the intelligence of the reader, most of whom are quite motivated to learn more in order to save their children's mental health.
Like many others comment, I too found it shocking and fascinating is how much the construct of Parental Alienation outlined in this book mirrored my own personal situation.
After reading Foundations, I truly felt I understood pathogenic parenting, attachment trauma and what is commonly referred to as Parental Alienation. Dr Childress uses clinical terms, not typically understood by the layman, but through repetition and careful explanation....I learned.
This is a must read for those affected by this horrible family situation.
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