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These are resources for parents.


Booklets written for parents to give to involved professionals:

This booklet is written for parent to provide to their involved legal professionals and mental health professionals.  It is structured around direct quotes from the professional literature.

This booklet is written at a professional-level for parents to provide to their involved mental health professional.  It specifically alerts the mental health professional to their ethical obligations.

This booklet is written for parents and their legal counsel to provide to involved mental health professionals and the court when seeking a treatment-focused clinical psychology assessment of the family pathology.  It describes the type of assessment protocol sought.

This booklet is written for parents and their legal counsel to provide to involved mental health professionals and the court when seeking a Strategic family systems treatment plan for the family conflict in lieu of a protective separation for Child Psychological Abuse.


DSM-5 Dagnostic Formulations from Foundations. (Childress, 2015, p. 312-313).

This is the DSM-5 diagnostic formulation for an attachment-based model of “parental alienation” as described in the book, Foundations.  Parents can provide this handout from Foundations to their involved mental health professional.


Reference Lists

These are professional-level reference lists that parents can provide to their involved mental health professional regarding aspects of this pathology.  The Psychological Control reference list might be helpful, and the Dark Triad references list is often appropriate for this high-intensity family conflict pathology.

The Reference List for AB-PA is my personal reference list from 2015 surrounding Foundations.  If anyone asks for “peer-reviewed research” for AB-PA, this reference list is the appropriate response, this is the peer-reviewed research for an attachment-based description of “parental alienation” pathology surrounding divorce.

Reference List for AB-PA

This is the personal reference list of Dr. Childress for AB-PA.  Note the quotes from the relevant literature, reading these direct quotes is a good way for a mental health professional to become oriented to the scope of the pathology.

All mental health professionals treating this pathology should have read all of the material on this Reference list for professional competence.  Ignorance is not acceptable professional practice.

Reference List for Psychological Control

This is a reference list and citations of research from Barber & Harmon regarding the construct of parental psychological control of the child.

Reference List for Dark Triad

This is a reference list regarding the Dark Triad personality.


Child Testimony: Chapter from The Narcissistic Parent (Childress, 2016, p. 34-37)

This is the Chapter from The Narcissistic Parent: A Guidebook for Legal Professionals Working with Families in High Conflict Divorce.


Professional-to-Professional Consultation Letters:

Regarding Family Therapy (Childress, nd)

This is a professional-to-professional consultation letter to the family therapist discussing treatment approaches for AB-PA pathology.

Professional-to-Professional Consultation Handout (Childress, nd)

This is a handout for parents to provide to their involved mental health professional explaining the pathology.

Letter of Diagnostic Concern: Hostile-Rejecting Child:

This is a letter for parents to provide to their involved mental health professional explaining the pathology surrounding the hostile-rejecting child.

Letter of Diagnostic Concern: Anxious Child

This is a letter for parents to provide to their involved mental health professional explaining the pathology surrounding the anxious child.

Professional Consultation Booklet Introduction

This is the introduction to my booklet, Professional Consultation.  This booklet is written for parents to provide to their involved mental healtlh therapist.


Email Advice to a Parent Regarding Diagnosis (Childress, nd)

This is a response to a parent’s email requesting advice on assessment and diagnosis of AB-PA (“parental alienation”).


Symptom Rating Request Letters

The first letter is one I began writing and providing to parents because their involved mental heath people are refusing to provide information to parents regarding the child’s symptom display. The second letter is the same time of letter addressed to the court.


Narcissistic Pathology: Quotes Handout

I gave a presentation on the narcissistic personality.  This is the handout of professional quotes I provided.


Silence is Complicity in Child Abuse

This is an essay I wrote extending responsibility to the professional organizations that remain silent regarding the rampant and unchecked violations to the APA ethics code, and about the rampant and unchecked psychological abuse of children.



Pathogenic Parenting and the Attachment System: Question & Answer Format (Childress, 2012)

This is an early general handout to educate about the attachment system and the pathology of “parental alienation” (pathogenic parenting).


Enmeshed Relationship: Question & Answer Format (Childress, 2012)

This is an early general handout to educate on the enmeshed relationship (psychological fusion)


Licensing Board Complaint Letter Template

This is an example template for the ethical code violations surrounding “parental alienation” pathology.


Dr. Childress: Letters to the Child

Letter to Mary

This is a generic letter to a female child with a targeted parent mother.

Letter to Jason

This is a generic letter to a male child with a targeted parent father.

Letter to Jessica

This is a generic letter to a female child with a targeted parent father.

Letter to John

This is a generic letter to a male child with a targeted parent father.


Professional Rationale for Protective Separation (Childress, nd)

This is my formal response to the question, “Is there research available that proves the statement that children, once removed from the alienating parent and placed with the targeted parent, recover soon?”


Excerpt from an Initial Consultation Report for a Parent (Childress, nd)

This is an excerpt from an Initial Consultation report I wrote for a parent client (a father) regarding directions and his raising concerns about the mother’s new boyfriend.

  1. Exerpt from Parent Initial Consultation Report (Childress, nd)