AB-PA Has Teeth

Dr. Craig Childress: Attachment Based "Parental Alienation" (AB-PA)

In a comment to my recent Facebook post regarding Moving Forward, a targeted parent lamented that mental health professionals refuse to assess for the attachment-related pathology of AB-PA.  In this lamentation, the parent alleged that AB-PA has “no teeth” to compel professional competence.

I thought my response to this parent may be more broadly of interest, so I am making it as a blog post.

AB-PA most definitely has teeth.


The reason I spent nearly seven years researching and developing a description of the pathology from entirely within standard and established psychological constructs and principles is so that ALL mental health professionals can now be held accountable.  The rampant professional incompetence that has been allowed to flourish unchecked for 30 years by the Gardnerian model of PAS  – MUST END.

The APA ethics code requires professional competence (Standard 2.01a.).  Mental health professions are not allowed to be…

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