“It stands now with the professional organizations. Will they back up their standards for professional competence with enforcement? Or are their standards requiring professional competence just words without meaning or substance? Platitudes to appease but not to be taken seriously.
Will professional organizations allow – and by allowing, will they collude with – such rampant disregard in so many mental health professionals for basic standards of professional competence in the assessment of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce?
That’s the question now before ALL professional organizations. Do they mean what they say in establishing standards requiring professional competence?
Attachment-related symptoms are a standard form of pathology within mental health.
Personality disorder traits are a standard form of pathology within mental health.
Delusional pathology is a standard form of pathology within mental health.
All we are asking is that all mental health professionals who are assessing, diagnosing, and treating any form of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce ASSESS for and document these symptoms in the child’s symptom display.
That all. Just assess for the symptoms. That’s all we’re asking.”
The current mental health response to the attachment-related pathology commonly called “parental alienation” surrounding divorce is abysmal. The field of professional psychology is rampant with profound professional ignorance and with profound professional incompetence. Professional psychology should be ashamed of itself.
Assessment leads to diagnosis. Diagnosis guides treatment.
The first step to establishing professional competence is to obtain appropriate assessments of symptoms from ALL mental health professionals who are dealing with any form of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce.
Notice I didn’t say “parental alienation.” We must return to standard and established psychological principles and constructs in assessing and diagnosing this form of attachment-related pathology.
All mental health professionals who are involved in assessing, diagnosing, and treating any form of attachment-related pathology surrounding divorce must be held professionally accountable for conducting an appropriate professional assessment of the attachment-related pathology within the family…
… including the trans-generational transmission of attachment trauma from the…
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