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

I love science.  My wife takes a bestseller novel to the beach to read, I take a book on quantum physics.  I love science.

And in my professional practice I’ve always been an old-school conservative psychologist.  Show me the data.  Scientifically grounded practice. 

And my background in early childhood mental health has grounded me in the neuro-development of the brain – Bowlby; Stern; Tronic; Shore; Fonagy (Fonagy’s work on parental “mentalizing” of the child’s psychological state is wonderful).

I love science, and I love scientifically grounded professional practice.  There is a beauty and elegance to scientifically grounded practice.

When I was supervising interns and post-doctoral fellows as a pediatric psychologist at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and again when I was supervising interns and post-docs as the Clinical Director for an early childhood assessment and treatment center, I would always hold my trainee’s feet to the fire on diagnosis and…

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