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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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This attachment model offers incredible explanatory depth, clearing up baffling mysteries about what happened and how it all works. I am most familiar with a "non cookie cutter case", but yet the theory is fully accurate.
This book also explains why mental health professionals, community members, family friends, and courts "get it wrong" much more often than not and unwittingly harm these suffering children.
If you can own only one book about children, it should be this book.
In many ways what Dr. Childress has developed in his outstanding book “Foundations” is a “disruptive psychology” … and we can all be extremely grateful for that. The legal and mental health fields most definitely need to be shaken up in the way that they address (or perhaps more accurately, fail to address) pathogenic parenting that leads to the highly unnatural suppression of a child’s bonding motivations with a normal-range parent.
In one of the articles that Dr. Childress has posted on his website (which along with his blog, Facebook site, and YouTubes are excellent resources) he wrote the following ...
Prior to entering private practice I was the Clinical Director for an early childhood assessment and treatment center. Our primary population of clients were children in the foster care system and we worked with some of the most severely abused children. Children who were physically and sexually abused, children of methamphetamine addicted parents, children who were severely neglected, children who were prenatally exposed to drugs and alcohol. Given this background, it is my professional judgment as a licensed clinical psychologist and as a child and family therapist that the interpersonal processes of a parental alienation dynamic represent a severe form of psychological child abuse commensurate with the most severe forms of child physical and sexual abuse and neglect.
When I read the passage above it makes me think back to the outrage people directed at former football coach Joe Paterno when the sexual molestation scandal broke out at Penn State. The underlying theme of their outrage was that Mr. Paterno was in a position to do something to stop the abuse and he didn’t.
“Foundations” represents a wake-up call that is about to hit practitioners in both mental health and the family court system. By replacing ignorance with an unassailable, scientifically supported, extremely detailed explanation of the the psychodynamics and interpersonal processes that trigger this extremely toxic form of pathogenic parenting, along with the tools to diagnose and treat this virulent form of relational cancer, Dr. Childress has taken away all excuses that those in the legal and mental health professions may have once had for not addressing this severe form of psychological child abuse more effectively.
Dr. Childress, via Foundations, is providing professionals in mental health and the legal system with a challenge. On the other hand what he is offering targeted parents and their children are two of the most powerful things that any one person could offer to another person and those are HOPE and EMPOWERMENT. I personally can’t thank him enough for the talent, empathy, effort, persistence, and courage it took for him to write this amazing, much-needed book. There is no one better than Dr. Childress to champion the movement to allow children to love and be loved by both parents. My only advice to those who wish to challenge him on what he has written is make sure to bring your A-game. You will most definitely need it if you choose to engage this brilliant man in an academic battle with respect to the validity of his work.
When it’s all said and done, hopefully the greatest impact of Dr. Childress’s work will not involve helping targeted parents successfully go through the reunification process with their alienated children, but rather having the court system and mental health professionals so well-educated that they are able to proactively take steps to prevent the alienation from happening in the first place. Foundations is a first, and highly significant, step in that direction.
I found it helpful that Dr. Childress explains that NPD is an Axis II illness, in the same category as mental retardation and that it is non-responsive to treatment. I know that from many counseling sessions that were abruptly ended when anyone questioned my ex-spouse about her contributions to family dysfunction. "Narcissists do not present themselves for treatment" is a quote I recall. So I realize that my efforts must be focused on my children to help them understand what is happening. This ground-breaking work by Dr. Childress makes that possible.
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