An Attachment-Based Model of Parental Alienation: Single Case ABAB

Assessment and Remedy

CA Childress Psy.D [30Jun2015]

Assessing the cause of parent-child conflict following divorce can be a complex undertaking, especially in the context of allegations that one parent is exercising negative parental influence on the child that undermines the child’s relationship with the other parent. While securing testimony or conducting an extensive child custody evaluation are ways to assess the possible causes of parent-child conflict and allegations of negative parental influence, a more scientifically-based approach offers an alternative solution. Single-case research designs are an established scientific methodology for determining causality as well as treatment efficacy. A Single-Case Assessment and Remedy protocol offers the Court an empirically based approach for systematically collecting the information on child and family relationships that is needed to address the custody decisions before the Court.

An Attachment-Based Model of Parental Alienation: Foundations

CA Childress Psy.D. [28May2015]

The construct of “parental alienation” has a controversial history. An attachment-based model of “parental alienation” brings the controversy to an end. An attachment-based model of “parental alienation” uses established constructs and principles of professional psychology to fully describe the psychological and interpersonal processes that create the symptom features of “parental alienation.” By defining “parental alienation” within standard and established psychological principles and constructs, an attachment-based model identifies a set of specific diagnostic indicators that can reliably identify "parental alienation" while differentiating "parental alienation" from other sources of parent-child conflict. An attachment-based model for the construct of "parental alienation" also identifies specific domains of professional expertise and knowledge necessary for the professionally competent diagnosis and treatment of this special population of children and families. Children deserve a childhood free from the stress of their parents’ conflict, and parents deserve to love and be loved by their children. An attachment-based model of "parental alienation" represents an important step in creating a solution to the family tragedy of "parental alienation" in high-conflict divorce.

Dr Craig A Childress, Psy.D. BLOGS
drcraigchildressblog.org


01  Diagnosis of Attachment-Based Parental Alienation  [Jun 18, 2014]                                                 DIAGNOSIS

02  
Gardener’s Model of PAS and the Need for a Paradigm Shift  [Jun 18, 2014]                                     THEORY

03  
Attachment Foundations: Regulation Systems (1)  [Jun 18, 2014]                                                   ATTACHMENT

04  
Parental Alienation as Child Abuse: The Regulatory Other  [Jun 21, 2014]                                        ATTACHMENT, CHILD ABUSE

05  
Legal: Psychological Fingerprints  [Jun 30, 2014]                                                                           LEGAL, DIAGNOSIS

06  
Question: The Violent Child  [Jun 30, 2014]                                                                                  THERAPY

07  
Therapy: Initial Considerations (1)  [Jul 03, 2014]                                                                         THERAPY

08  
Therapy: Cross-Generational Parent-Child Coalition  [Jul 08, 2014]                                                  THERAPY, THEORY

09  
Online Seminar: Theoretical Foundations for an Attachment-Based Model of “Parental Alienation”       ALL

10  
Three Levels of Analysis  [Jul 20, 2014]                                                                                        THEORY

11  
The Legal Context: Control the Language  [Jul 20,2014]                                                                 LEGAL

12  
On Unicorns, The Tooth Fairy and Reunification Therapy  [Jul 22. 2014]                                           THERAPY

13  
Standards of Practice for Court Ordered Parent-Child Therapy  [Jul 23, 2014]                                   LEGAL, THERAPY

14  
Stark Reality  [Jul 29, 2014]                                                                                                        OBSERVATIONS

15  
The Detective and the Psychologist  [Aug 01, 2014]                                                                       LEGAL, DIAGNOSIS

16  
Diagnostic Indicators and Associated Clinical Signs  [Aug 03, 2014]                                                LEGAL, DIAGNOSIS

17  
Nothing New - No Excuse  [Aug 16, 2014]                                                                                   LEGAL, DIAGNOSIS, THEORY

18  
The Appointment of Minor’s Counsel Must Stop  [Aug 19, 2014]                                                      LEGAL, CHILD ABUSE

19  
Guardians Ad Litem and the Best Interests of the Child  [Aug 22, 2014]                                           LEGAL

20  
Finding Authenticity  [Aug 25, 2014]                                                                                            THERAPY

21  
Dealing with the Alienating Parent  [Sep 06, 2014]                                                                        THERAPY

22  
Finding Empowerment  [Sep 07, 2014]                                                                                        OBSERVATIONS

23  
Diagnostic Checklist for Pathogenic Parenting  [Sep 11, 2014]                                                        DIAGNOSIS

24  
Diagnostic Checklist for Attachment-Based “Parental Alienation”  [Sep 11, 2014]                               DIAGNOSIS

25  
What Can I Tell the Court  [Sep 14, 2014]                                                                                    LEGAL, OBSERVATIONS

26  
Key Concept: Splitting  [Sep 16, 2014]                                                                                         DIAGNOSIS, THEORY

27  
False Allegations of Abuse: Technical Issues [Sep 18, 2014]                                                           LEGAL, CHILD ABUSE, DIAGNOSIS

28  
Restoring Authenticity: Compassion, Empathy and Gentle Kindness  [Sep 21, 2014]                          THERAPY, THEORY

29  
Parenting and Protest Behavior  [Oct 05, 2014]                                                                             ASSESSING PARENTING, THEORY

30  
Assessing Parenting  [Oct 07, 2014]                                                                                             ASSESSING PARENTING, THEORY

31  
Assessment of Parental Capacity  [Oct 20, 2014]                                                                           ASSESSING PARENTING

32  
All That Glitters… [Oct 21, 2014]                                                                                                 ASSESSING PARENTING, ATTACHMENT

33  
The Solution  [Oct 24, 2014]                                                                                                       LEGAL, THERAPY, CHILD ABUSE

34  
Online Seminar: The Diagnosis & Treatment of Attachment Based Parental Alienation                        ALL

34a
Seminar Slideshow: The Diagnosis & Treatment  [Nov 21, 2014]                                                   THERAPY, DIAGNOSIS

35  
High Road to Family Reunification  [Dec 02, 2014]                                                                         THERAPY

36  
False Allegations of Parental Alienation  [Dec 11, 2014]                                                                 DIAGNOSIS

37  
Trauma Reenactment in Parental Alienation  [Dec 13, 2014]                                                            DIAGNOSIS, OBSERVATIONS, THEORY

38  
The Regulatory Other  [Dec 21, 2014]                                                                                          ASSESSING PARENTING, THEORY

39  
Subjective Reality of the Narcissistic/(Borderline) Parent  [Dec 31, 2014]                                        THEORY

40  
There is No Such Things As Reunification Therapy  [Jan 08, 2015]                                                 THERAPY

41  
Is Reunification Therapy A Defined Construct  [Jan 09, 2015]                                                         THERAPY

42  
The Exclusion Demand Symptom  [Jan 16, 2015]                                                                         DIAGNOSIS

43  
The Exclusion Demand as Independence  [Jan 18, 2015]                                                              ASSESSING PARENTING, DIAGNOSIS

44  
Testimony by a Treating Therapist  [Jan 18, 2015]                                                                         LEGAL, THERAPY

45  
Court Consideration of Adolescent Wishes  [Jan 20, 2015]                                                             LEGAL, ASSESSING PARENTING, DIAGNOSIS

46  
Dominoes Part 1: Paradigm Shift  [Jan 25, 2015]                                                                           THEORY

47  
Dominoes Falling: The Sequence  [Jan 25, 2015]                                                                          CHILD ABUSE, DIAGNOSIS, THEORY

48  
Generic Letter to Minor’s Counsel [Jan 27, 2015]                                                                           LEGAL

49  
Synthesis [Jan 27, 2015]                                                                                                            CHILD ABUSE, OBSERVATIONS

50  
Personality Pathology and Disorganized Attachment [Feb 02, 2015]

51  
Changing Paradigms [Feb 21, 2015]

52  
You Are All in This Together  [Mar 03, 2015]                                                                                 OBSERVATIONS

53  
Understanding the Child’s Experience  [Mar 06, 2015]                                                                  OBSERVATIONS

54  
Coping with the Trauma [Apr 03, 2015]                                                                                        THERAPY


​55  Remedy Single Case ABA Design [Apr 18, 2015]                                                                            ASSESSING PARENTING, DIAGNOSIS, LEGAL ISSUES


56  Psychologist Consultant Model [Apr 18, 2015]                                                                               OBSERVATIONS, THERAPY


57 Foundations: The Book [May 12, 2015]                                                                                        THEORY


​58  Foundations: Recovering Your Children [May 23, 2015]                                                    


59  Identifying Pathology [May 28, 2015]                                                                                           DIAGNOSIS, THEORY                                 


60  Child Custody Evaluation [Jun 06, 2015]                                                                                       ASSESSING PARENTING, LEGAL                                 

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Dr Craig A Childress

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Dr Craig Childress is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Pasadena, California, where he specializes in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); child and family therapy; parent-child conflict; marital conflict; and child development. He has an additional specialty in early childhood mental health involving the attachment system and the neuro-development of the brain during childhood.

Prior to entering private practice, Dr Childress served as the clinical director of an early childhood assessment and treatment centre operated under the auspices of California State University, San Bernardino, working primarily with children in the foster care system. He also worked as a paediatric psychologist at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County and served on a collaborative project with the UCI Child Development Center regarding the early identification of ADHD in preschool-aged children.

Dr Childress also currently teaches graduate-level courses in Models of Psychotherapy, Assessment and Treatment Planning, Diagnosis and Psychopathology, Research Methods, and Child Development through the University of Phoenix. He has written extensively on what he terms “an attachment-based model of parental alienation” and has served as an expert consultant and witness in legal cases involving “parental alienation” across the United States and Canada.