This is a page of assorted files.

Meaning of Professional Competence

I am competent in early childhood mental health.  This means that I know all the information required by Domain 1 A-H and Domain 2 listed on page 15-17.

In addition to early childhood mental health, I am also competent in autistic-spectrum disorders, ADHD and regulatory disorders, and trauma disorders in childhood.  The standard for professional competence is to know everything there is to know, and then read journals to stay current.  That is the definition of professional competence.

Dr. Childress knows all the information listed for professional competence on pages 15-17, and autism, and ADHD, and trauma.  Each of those domains has their list of required knowledge.


Assessment Protocol: Juvenile Firesettting (Childress & Fineman, 2004)

The assessment of court-invoved family pathology needs an assesment protocol.  The term “assessment protocol” refers to the structured set of procedures and forms used to collect the data from the assessment.

How is data collected and recorded?  What are the data forms? For example, with an intelligence test the protocols would be the forms used to record the person’s answers and scoring for the various subtests.  This is called the test’s “protocol,” and the sentence from one psychologist to another is, “Let me look at the protocol,” meaning let me look at the list of tests used and the actual data recording forms for each of the tests.

That’s different than the test’s scores.  If I ask to look at a test’s scores, I just need to see the numbers.  If I ask to look at the protocol, I want to see the list of tests given and each of the forms used to collect the data.

In the early 2000s, I was the Clinical Director for a FEMA & Department of Justice project to develop a national model for the psychological assessment of juvenile firesetting behavior (a court-involved pathology).  I worked with Dr. Fineman, a forensic psychologist and Executive Director for the project.  Dr. Fineman is a world-recognized expert in juvenile firesetting behavior, he was the content expert.

My expertise was in developing the structure for the clinical assessment protocol.  There are two domains of knowledge involved in developing an assessment protocol, the what – in this case juvenile firesetting, which was Dr. Fineman’s expertise – and the how – the construction of assessment instruments and batteries of test instruments to assess a pathology – which was my area of expertise.

In 2004, we submitted a progress report to FEMA.  This is that progress report.  The protocols are in the Appendices.

These are work product samples of prior work from Dr. Childress in developing an assessment protocol for FEMA and the Department of Justice, representing a national model for the clinical psychology assessment of juvenile firesetting behavior.

These are the individual elements of the assessment protocol:

This is the Summary Information form for the information produced by the assessment protocol:

These are two additional standardized instruments used in the assessment protocol.  The Pediatric Symptom Checklist was provided at the screening point, and the Personality Inventory for Children was provided at the mental health assessment point.


Proposed Treatment Team Model (Childress, 2014)

This is a proposal for a coordinated treatment team to work with families in court-involved complex family conflict.


Intake Assessment Example (PTSD)

This is a sample standard of practice intake assessment report I provided to graduate students in my course on Assessment & Diagnosis at the University of Phoenix in-person classroom.

Old Wine & Old Skins: Dr. Bernet Response to Foundations (2015)

This is Dr. Bernet’s response to Foundations.


Unnecessary Diversion: Karen Woodall’s Critique of Foundations

This is Karen Woodall’s Critique of Foundations


Childress Response to Woodall Critique

This is my response to Karen Woodall’s critique of Foundations as unnecessary.


Powerpoint: Treatment of AB-PA (Childress, 2013)

This is a handout of my Powerpoint slides from 2013 on the treatment of AB-PA (“parental alienation”)


Trans-generational Structure of Parental Alienation (Childress, 2010)

This is a very early handout describing the trans-generational transmission of trauma, the core of the pathology.


Pathogenic Parenting Concern Scale (Childress, 2011)

This is an early version of the Diagnostic Checklist for Pathogenic Parenting.


Instructions for the Pathogenic Parenting Concern Scale (Childress, 2011)

These are the instructions for using the Pathogenic Parenting Concern Scale (Childeress, 2011)


DSM-IV Diagnosis of AB-PA

This is an early handout for the DSM-IV diagnosis of the “parental alienation” pathology (AB-PA)


ABAB Single Case Booklet Chart of Phases

This is a chart from my booklet: ABAB Single Case Assessment & Remedy


Intervention Guidelines for AB-PA

This is a discussion of intervention guidelines surrounding the pathology of AB-PA.


AB-PA in a Legal Context (Childress, 2014)

This is one of my early essays applying AB-PA within the court system


Possible Cause of Action

This is a discussion of possible causes of action against an incompetent mental health professional surrounding Standard 3.04 Avoiding Harm and the professional “duty to protect.”


Excerpt from a Dr. Childress Report: Analysis of a Mental Health Professional (Childress, 2015)

This is a de-identified excerpt from a report I wrote in which I analyze the professional practices of a mental health professional


California Laws Regarding Release of Records

This is a handout of the California laws regarding the release of patient records.


Strategic-Behavioral Family Systems Intervention

This is an early formative stage for the Contingent Visitation Schedule


Letter to Minor’s Counsel

This is a generic letter written to minor’s counsel provided to parents to help educate minor’s counsel to the pathology.  Minor’s counsel is essentially appointing an attorney to represent the pathology.


Compendium Conflictorum: Coding The Pathology of Parental Alienation (Childress, 2014)

This is a side project I have, A complete coding system for all types of parent-child conflict.  I call it the Compendium Conflictorum. This applies the Coding System to the “parental alienation” pathology.


Social Skills Handout: Lucifer & Michael (Childress, 2013)

This is a playful attempt to teach basic human social skills to problematic children who have problematic parents and lack appropriate parental guidance.


Example of a Clinic Intake Form (2006)

This is the clinic intake form we used at our chldren’s clinic for foster care children in 2006.  It is an example of the scope and type of information that should be collected for all families at intake.


Letter of Concern to a Forensic Psychologist (Childress, 2018)

This is my letter of concern (pursuant to Standard 1.04 of the APA ethics code) to a forensic psychologist.  They are not cooperating with parents, they are not cooperating with other mental health professionals, they are entirely out of control.


Letter of Concern to a Forensic Psychologist (Childress, 2019)

This is my letter of concern (pursuant to Standard 1.04 of the APA ethics code) to a forensic psychologist.  They are not cooperating with parents, they are not cooperating with other mental health professionals, they are entirely out of control.


Written Treatment Plan Examples

Student Treatment Plan Example with Feedback

These are from my files. They are two examples from a student class assignment for a course in Assessment and Diagnosis.  These are examples of what a student class assignment on written treatment plans looks like. Written treatment plans are standard of practice EVERYWHERE but in forensic psychology.

Dr. Childress Example Treatment Plan for ODD (2010)

This is from my files.  It is a treatment written treatment plan from 2010 for a child with Oppositional-Defiant Disorder.  Written treatment plans are standard of practice EVERYWHERE but in forensic psychology.

County of San Bernardino Written Treatment Plan Form

This is the written treatment plan form required by the County of San Bernardino, California for all county mental health services. Written treatment plans are standard of practice EVERYWHERE but in forensic psychology.


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