Craig Childress, Psy.D. Category

Standard of Practice in Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Attachment-Related Pathology A child rejecting a parent is an attachment-related pathology.  The attachment system is the brain system governing all aspects of love and bonding throughout the lifespan. A child rejecting a parent is a problem in the love and bonding system of the brain; in the attachment system. Craig Childress, Psy.D. Clinical Psychologist, PSY […]

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The Parenting Practices Rating Scale

Originally posted on Dr. Craig Childress: Attachment Based "Parental Alienation" (AB-PA):
The Parenting Practices Rating Scale is designed to document the clinical assessment of parenting by the targeted parent.  The scale contains four primary items: 1.)  Category Level of Parenting: Item 1, the Category Level of Parenting, identifies deviant-abusive parenting relative to broadly…

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Fighting Parental Alienation

Dr. Childress likens the Parental Alienation dynamic to a puppet show where the audience invariably addresses the puppet, without even noticing the puppet-master who is pulling the strings.  Friends and family members, even well-educated mental health and legal professionals take the child’s claims at face value, and remain ignorant to the psychological damage that is really taking […]

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AB-PA Certified Professionals – Dr. Craig Childress – concordiafamilies.com

Change is Coming This is not about me. This is about you. You are the change. I am merely a catalyst. I am simply the clarion call returning professional psychology to the ground foundations of professional psychology; Bowlby, Minuchin, Beck, Millon, Bowen. You are the agents of change. We are establishing a ground foundation of […]

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Really Bad Clinical Psychology – Dr. Craig Childress: Attachment Based “Parental Alienation” (AB-PA)

What is even more difficult is to show how the alienating parent manipulates the child to do his dirty work. My ex husband is a skilled imposter who uses our son as a puppet. My once sweet son began to fly into rages and threaten to attack me or his aunt, (my sister) Then after […]

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Question to Craig Childress, Psy.D.

I recieved the question in an email from Denmark: Q: I am located in Denmark, where it appears that we are using the icd-10. Where can the “ab-pa” “child psychological abuse” fit in that system? Just so everyone knows the difference of the ICD to the DSM diagnostic systems, let me explain. The DSM is […]

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Understanding the Child’s Experience – Dr. Craig Childress: Attachment Based “Parental Alienation” (AB-PA)

In order to reestablish their structural organization, the pathology of the narcissistic/(borderline) parent must externalize onto you their own primal self-inadequacy and fears of abandonment. They must make you the inadequate and abandoned person, and they can accomplish this through the child. By inducing the child into rejecting you, the child’s rejection of you defines […]

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A single voice – Dr Craig Childress

Targeted parents and their children need us to solve this. This is an immensely tragic and serious pathology of the highest order. There is no room for professional egos in solving this. Leave your ego at the door. Bring your A-game. Nothing less is acceptable. AB-PA is not Dr. Childress. The solution available through AB-PA […] […]

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Dr. Craig Childress endorses Erasing Family

At this event, the movie’s director showed rough cuts of some of their filming to date, stories told by targeted parents and by their now reunited children. Most powerful were the statements by the now-reunited children. Strong stuff. Good stuff.

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The end of a chapter – Parental Alienation

Today is a special day, its the end of a chapter in my life!! On a recent routine visit to the Doctors he asked about my family. My doctor has known me for over 10 years now and when he asked me about my children and grandchildren I told him that: I had not been […]

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