This innovative, focused and precision approach marks a paradigm shift – a breakthrough and turnaround for resolving seemingly intractable contact disputes which perpetuate instead of alleviate misery for the children involved. This method concentrates on identifying the causes and diagnosing the symptoms to then goes further to expose the root causes in order for the parental alienation to be treated while protecting the child/ren from further harm.
“Child Protection Issue
That is the framing for the clinical psychology legal argument package.
The “custody” symptom (the child refusing court orders for custody and visitation) is a symptom of the family pathology. This is not a child custody issue, this is a child pathology issue. Is the targeted parent an “abusive” parent creating the child’s rejection, or is it the allied parent who is creating the child’s pathology through pathogenic parenting of psychological control and manipulation?
The referral question for the (“trauma-informed”) clinical psychology assessment is:
Referral Question: Which parent is the source of pathogenic parenting creating the child’s attachment-related pathology, and what are the treatment implications?
If the pathogenic parenting of the allied parent is creating significant developmental pathology in the child (attachment system suppression; diagnostic indicator 1), personality disorder pathology in the child (narcissistic personality traits; diagnostic indicator 2), and delusional-psychiatric pathology (encapsulated persecutory delusion; diagnostic indicator 3), the DSM-5 diagnosis is V995.51 Child Psychological Abuse, Confirmed, and the considerations shift to child protection.
In all cases of child abuse, physical child abuse, sexual child abuse, and psychological child abuse, the professional standard of practice and duty to protect requires the child’s protective separation from the abusive parent. The child’s healthy development is then recovered and restored, and once stabilized, contact with the formerly abusive parent is reestablished with sufficient safeguards to ensure that the child abuse does not resume once contact is restored.
This is true for physical child abuse, this is true for sexual child abuse, this is true for psychological child abuse.
That’s the shift that is occurring. The legal argument package being presented to the court, both in it’s foundations (Bowlby, Minuchin, Beck) and in the remedy sought (a clinical psychology assessment; psychological child abuse diagnosis; protective separation period and treatment recovery) is shifting to a clinical psychology legal argument package of solution
The world is changing. An attachment-based and trauma-informed model of complex family conflict surrounding divorce represents the return of clinical psychology to court-involved practice.”