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Petition to Dr. Antonio E. Puente, Dr. Arthur C. Evans Jr., Dr. Jared L. Skillings, Dr. Earl A. Turner, Dr. Ashley M. Butler, Dr. Mary A. Fristad, Dr. Mary Ann McCabe, Dr. Marianne Celano, Dr. Gerald P. Koocher

New APA Position Statement: Some children are manipulated into rejecting a parent.

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 122,500 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members. This prominent group of leading professionals currently has no official position on whether children can be manipulated by one parent to reject the other parent who does not deserve to be rejected. This has provided too many people with the ammunition they need to cast doubt on innocent victims and to deny the existence of such a situation. The demands outlined below, if they are publically acknowledged, will end the debates and the controversies. A position statement by the APA will lift the long-standing stigma surrounding our situation that has driven away the vast majority of psychologists and other professionals. It will start to protect our families from therapists who do not have the expertise required to fully diagnose and treat our situation. It will start to protect our children from the abusive influence that has overtaken them. It will open the doors for adult children to find the true help and understanding they need so they can reunite with those they were pulled away from. A position statement will be the first step toward ending this nightmare. Our situation is not a child custody issue, it is a child protection issue. If you sign, and if you are comfortable with it, please consider sharing a summary of your story. Our stories are the force that will drive the changes we want to see. Thank you. As parents who have lost children to this epidemic, as well as those who support us: We demand that the APA formally acknowledge and bring to the attention of the general public that children can be manipulated by one parent to reject the other parent who does not deserve to be rejected.At the June 2010 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Annual Conference in Denver, audience members at the Opening Plenary Session were asked to complete a one page survey. About 300 of the estimated 1,000 audience members completed the survey. Nearly all of the respondents to the survey (98%) endorsed the question, “Do you think that some children are manipulated by one parent to irrationally and unjustifiably reject the other parent?”AFCC eNewsletter, Vol. 6 No. 5, May 2011 (Page 5)The APA already recognizes that "refusal to visit a parent" and "parental undermining of the child’s relationships with the other parent" are "complex post-separation situations":Guidelines for the Practice of Parenting Coordination, APA, Jan. 2012 (Guideline 2a)The DSM-5 already recognizes "excessive parental pressure" and "unwarranted feelings of estrangement" as "Problems Related to Family Upbringing" under "V61.20 Parent-Child Relational Problem":American Psychiatric Association, (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders: DSM-5. Washington, D.C: American Psychiatric PublishingThe American Psychiatric Association already recognizes the existence of pathogenic parenting practices found within "the marriage and family lives of patients with BPD" (Borderline Personality Disorder):– "parentify their own children" (role-reversal relationship)– "excessively bind their children to themselves" (cross-generational coalition)– "exert extreme possessiveness of their children" (suppression of child's attachment motivations toward the other parent)– "demand absolute, unlimited control [over their children] while threatening rejection" (child becomes a regulatory object)– "projection of disavowed elements of the self onto the spouse" (projection)– "revive the feeling of attachment to early traumatic and disappointing objects" (trauma reenactment)The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Personality Disorders, (2005) (Page 364) We demand that the APA formally acknowledge and bring to the attention of the general public that manipulating a child in the manner outlined above is a form of psychological and emotional abuse which makes it a systemic, social problem that impacts society and causes devastation in families.Manipulation is a form of "coercive control" which the APA considers psychological abuse:Childhood Psychological Abuse as Harmful as Sexual or Physical Abuse, APA Press Release, Oct. 8, 2014Forcing isolation from family is considered a form of psychological abuse by the US Department of Justice:Domestic Violence, US Department of Justice, Oct. 6, 2015The APA considers childhood psychological abuse to be as harmful as sexual or physical abuse:Childhood Psychological Abuse as Harmful as Sexual or Physical Abuse, APA Press Release, Oct. 8, 2014“The U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect has declared the problem of child maltreatment to have reached the level of a national emergency.”“[Child abuse (including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse) and neglect] often impedes the development of children and fosters psychological harm.”“Abused and neglected children often are not provided with treatment that may alleviate such harm and that may prevent further ill effects.”Psychological Issues Related to Child Abuse and Neglect, APA“Of greatest concern is the pattern of violence characterized by coercion and control, psychological abuse, intimidation and threats of harm, economic control, and often severe physical and sexual violence. Victims of such violence are at very high risk following separation and in contested custody cases and may be best served before and after divorce by court intervention.”Guidelines for the Practice of Parenting Coordination, APA, Jan. 2012 (Guideline 4)We expect that all mental health professionals would agree that teaching, conditioning, and/or empowering a child to be psychologically and emotionally abusive toward another person is itself a form of child psychological abuse.We expect that all mental health professionals would agree that this form of abuse becomes especially horrific if the child had previously formed a deep attachment to the person that they are now being manipulated into abusing. We demand that the APA formally recognize our families as a special population who require specialized professional knowledge, training, and expertise to appropriately and competently diagnose and treat.“Family law cases involve complex and emotionally charged disputes over highly personal matters, and the parties are often deeply invested in a specific outcome. The volatility of this situation is often exacerbated by a growing realization that there may be no resolution that will completely satisfy every person involved.”Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Family Law Proceedings, APA, Dec. 2010 (Guideline 5)“The complex conflicts of interests and values present in many child maltreatment cases create needs for special training of psychologists and other professionals involved in such cases.”Psychological Issues Related to Child Abuse and Neglect, APA“Particular competencies and knowledge are necessary to perform psychological evaluations in child protection matters so that adequate and appropriate psychological services can be provided to the court, state agencies, or other parties.”“Professional competence in performing psychological assessments of children, adults, and families is necessary but often insufficient to address, competently and ethically, many referral questions in child protection matters. For example, because child protection proceedings specifically focus upon allegations or findings of abuse and/or neglect of a child, psychologists conducting assessment in these matters seek to develop sufficient expertise in assessment of child maltreatment that is often beyond the scope of general clinical psychology practice.”Guidelines for Psychological Evaluations in Child Protection Matters, APA, Jan. 2013 (Introduction & Guideline 5)“The practice of parenting coordination requires the acquisition and application of specialized psychological knowledge relevant to effective implementation of the PC (Parenting Coordinator) role.”“Review of these topics may not reflect a sufficient and exhaustive understanding of the content relevant to all parenting coordination cases. The PC may need to gain additional specialized knowledge or training.”“Given the unique and complex role of the PC, competencies for standard psychological practice are generally insufficient for competent functioning as a PC.”Guidelines for the Practice of Parenting Coordination, APA, Jan. 2012 (Guidelines 2a & 3)We expect a therapist who diagnoses and treats our families to be required to have much greater specialized knowledge, training, and expertise than a Psychological Evaluator or a Parenting Coordinator. We say "much greater" because, when acting within these roles, Parenting Coordinators are not allowed to diagnose nor treat, and Psychological Evaluators are not allowed to treat. We demand that the APA formally acknowledge and bring to the attention of the general public that attempting to clinically treat a child who is being psychologically abused in the manner outlined above, without a period of separation of the child from the abusive parent, can present a serious risk of harm to the psychological well-being of that child.“[Parenting Coordinators] understand that when intimate partner violence and/or child maltreatment is present or alleged in a custody case or ongoing litigation, parent–child contact may create opportunities for renewed intimidation, violence, or trauma and pose risks of abuse and exposure to the children.”Guidelines for the Practice of Parenting Coordination, APA, Jan. 2012 (Guideline 4) We do not bring you these demands because we think they are "a nice idea". We bring them to you because our children have been kidnapped from us, they are being psychologically abused, and we expect the proper authorities to protect them and to restore our families. We have found ourselves powerless to protect them ourselves. Only the mental health and legal systems have that power, but they have failed our families in every way. So now we are beginning to band together in order to demand that the mental health system listen to us and help us. There are an estimated 22 million families in the United States alone who are affected by this epidemic, and we intend to recruit every one of them to continuously contact the APA and make demands until action is taken to protect our children and to restore our families. What is happening to us is not some "new" phenomenon that just surfaced 30 years ago. What is happening to us is a timeless issue that has been happening since families ever existed. There is no need for the APA to conduct extensive research into our situation before they can help our families. The APA has already done such an incredible job of defining pathologies and psychological constructs that there is already a way to diagnose and treat our problem. Our situation is not some form of "new" disorder, our children are not suffering from some form of mental illness, "new" or otherwise. There is no need to define our situation as a "new" syndrome or a "new" pathology. Defining our situation as some sort of "new" pathology would be like trying to say that a person with athlete's foot and a cold has some sort of "new" disease, when in fact they just happen to have athlete's foot and a cold at the same time. Imagine the confusion if people kept insisting that when you have athlete's foot and a cold at the same time, you actually have some "new" disease that nobody knows how to treat yet. Imagine if doctor's couldn't get past the idea that if you have athlete's foot and a cold, then there was nothing they could do for you because nobody has done any research on this "new disease", so nobody knows how to diagnose it or treat it. So now hundreds of patients suffer with athlete's foot and a cold, without treatment, until years and years of research are completed, only to discover that, all they ever really had was athlete's foot and a cold. This is exactly the situation that our families are in. Everything that is happening to our families can already be diagnosed and treated using existing and well-established psychological principles and constructs. For all of us, we have found our situations to be composed of the following components: Cross-generational coalition Narcissistic/borderline personality pathology The pathology of splitting The pathology of projection The psychological decompensation of narcissistic/borderline personalities into delusional beliefs under stress Role-reversal relationships The attachment system Internal working models of attachment (schemas) Attachment trauma (disorganized attachment) The association of childhood attachment trauma to the formation of narcissistic and borderline personality traits The reenactment of attachment trauma patterns The misattribution of anxiety The misunderstanding of a grief response Any therapist whose domain of professional competence includes "Attachment Theory", "Narcissistic and Borderline Personality Disorders", and "Family Systems Theory", should be able to accurately diagnose and treat our families. They should already have everything they need to help us. When you mix a cross-generational coalition with the pathology of "splitting", you end up in the situation that our families are in. In order to survive emotionally, our children have had to become allied and enmeshed with a highly manipulative parent. The "allied" parent, through the enmeshment of our children, has created a trauma reenactment narrative where our children are induced into the role of the allied parent as a "victimized child". This trauma reenactment narrative is a false drama created from the decompensating delusional pathology of the allied parent. Our children have been assigned the allied parent's internal working model of the "victimized child" role. By way of our children's rejection, we have been assigned the allied parent's internal working model of the "abusive parent" role. This has allowed the allied parent to self-adopt and conspicously display their internal working model of the all-wonderful, ideally nurturing and "protective parent" role. The "bystander" therapists, attorneys, social workers, teachers, and judges will then become witnesses to and validate the authenticity of the false narrative being created by the pathology of the allied parent. In all of our situations we have found that the allied parent has: censured our children for expressing love toward us; coerced our children into adopting the allied parent's negative beliefs about and attitudes toward us; deceived our children into believing that we are bad and/or abusive parents, despite evidence to the contrary. The above actions of the allied parent have, over time, caused our children to: entirely reject us; treat us as dangerous, and/or treat us as inferior and punish us without mercy; hold grudges against us with no avenue of recompense and/or falsely accuse us of abuse. Psychologically speaking, the clinical symptoms that our children display in relation to the above are: a complete suppression of their attachment bonding motivations toward us; narcissistic/borderline personality disorder traits (but only in regard to us) which include:– grandiosity;– absence of empathy;– entitlement;– haughty and arrogant attitude;– splitting;and in some cases our children display the following phobia characteristics:– persistent unwarranted fear (DSM-5 Phobia criterion A);– severe anxiety response (DSM-5 Phobia criterion B);– avoidance of us (DSM-5 Phobia criterion C). intransigently held, fixed-and-false beliefs (delusions) regarding our supposedly "abusive" parental inadequacy. A therapist with the proper expertise, when they see all three of these clinical symptoms in our children, will be able to come to the conclusion that the symptoms could not possibly have spontaneously developed in our children. They had to have been induced by someone close to them. It will become evident to the therapist that the allied parent is inducing these symptoms in our children. The therapist, seeing that the allied parent is inducing 1) Developmental Pathology, 2) Personality Disorder Pathology, and 3) Psychiatric Pathology, will conclude that this is psychologically abusive, make an official diagnosis of V995.51 "Child Psychological Abuse, Confirmed", and take the appropriate measures to protect our children. The appropriate DSM-5 diagnosis for each of our situations is: 309.4 – Adjustment Disorder with mixed disturbance of emotions and conduct V61.20 – Parent-Child Relational Problem V61.29 – Child Affected by Parental Relationship Distress V995.51 – Child Psychological Abuse, Confirmed An accurate assessment of us and our parenting will find that: we love our children dearly, and they openly and freely loved us prior to succumbing to the influence of the allied parent; we are not dangerous and have done nothing to deserve being treated or punished by our children in such a harsh manner; we have not been "bad" nor "abusive" parents; our parenting will be found to have been entirely normal-range. You will find that all of us, as so-called "targeted" parents, act consistently with the findings of Dr. Jennifer J. Harman PhD and Dr. Zeynep Biringen PhD, who conducted research on a large group of targeted parents and found that: we are well versed in all the research findings; we are active in mental health and/or legal reform movements; regardless of the fact that we exhibit signs of severe trauma as a result of ongoing intimate partner abuse, complex grief from the unresolved loss of our children and being continually re-victimized by family court, we remain steadfast and persistent in trying to protect the health and well-being of our children; in the face of torturous adversity:– we stay true to our family values;– we do not engage in retaliation;– we do not discourage our children from having a relationship with the other parent, as long as it is safe. We, the "targeted" parents, and all of our families are all the empirical evidence that the APA needs to move forward toward a solution. A solution that does not involve years and years of court battles costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. A solution that mirrors what any abusive situation warrants: protection of the victim from the source of the abuse. We demand that the APA publish a position statement that acknowledges our four demands outlined above. Before any professionals can seriously help us, or even decide to look into helping us, it needs to be universally understood that this situation is real, it is abusive, it requires specialized expertise to diagnose and treat, and it is severe enough to warrant protection. A position statement with those four items will act as a springboard for mental health professionals to start digging into what is going on, without fear of being marginalized or ostracized. For more information on The American Psychological Association visit the APA website.  

Parental Restoration
8,436 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to British Columbia Utilities Commission, Vancouver, Canada, British Columbia Utilities Commission Secretary, Vancouver, Canada, BC Premier, Honourable Christy Clark

Anmore demands that BC Hydro's new and old high-powered transmission lines go underground

BC Hydro's final decision: BC Hydro made its final decision to go ahead with their "Metro North Transmission Project" through Anmore and Belcarra into Burnaby and Vancouver, ignoring all communities inputs and concerns raised over the past year, to stick to their original-unchanged plans to boost their net-profit and construct additional "overhead" high-powered transmission lines through private 1-acre properties in Anmore and through Parklands in Belcarra starting in 2018.   BC Hydro's misleading Strategies: BC Hydro is continuously pushing ahead its MNT-project with hiding data, misleading the public, presenting wrong data in the wrong context in order to cover up health risks and financial losses in many affected property values.   BC Hydro is further ignoring: - The facts of many known health risks and many serious concerns of affected residents; - The fact that the maximum emission right under these types of high-powered transmission lines is about 190-200 mG worldwide, and about 170 mG currently in Anmore - BUT, BC Hydro states safe 2,000 mG emissions for their future project; - The fact that single pulses of 2,000mG applied to the human brain for just a few seconds activates local brain areas, a technique called TMS or Trans-Magnetic-Stimulation, AND the fact that long-term stimulation of 2,000mG for a few minutes per day, once a week, over a few months changes the human brain's cognitive network (used for clinical intervention). A permanent stimulation of 2,000mG, 24/7 over a few months will probably be deadly based on the expertise of one petition-lead, a renowned world-expert in neuroscience; - The fact that the Toronto Public Health Report (2008) states risks for long-term health effects with above 1mG constant long-term emissions (living close to power lines), AND with average levels of 3-4 mG, a doubling risk of childhood leukemia (related to reports of the US National Institutes of Health NIH and the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer IARC in 2002); - The fact that one child recently died of child-leukemia, who has been living adjacent to the high-power lines in Anmore; - The fact that at least 2 adults were recently diagnosed with cancer and others suffer major health issues also living adjacent to the high-power lines in Anmore (only through personal communication, without assessment); - The fact of up to 30% losses in individual property values adjacent to high-powered lines according to the Wall Street Journal, affecting up to 140 homes in Anmore alone (or up to ~$100M of total private financial losses); - The fact that BC Hydro is obsessively insisting in their outdated Right-of-Way (RoW) through Anmore, which was established nearly 60 years ago and bought for $1, AND, only signed by one property owner in Anmore without any Council, AND, at a time before the moon-landing when we had no personal computers, no internet, no cell phones, no Wi-Fi and no modern passenger jet-planes, BUT, going now through 1acre private properties currently worth ~$3,000,000 each; - The fact that BC Hydro is overloading its current RoW and illegally expanding from acquired 66m to 75+m without mentioning to the public and property owners; - The fact that BC Hydro will erect new large Monopoles with large required foundations in the middle of septic fields and close to 20m in front of people's living rooms on 1-acre private properties (see pictures); - The fact that the new larger 40+m Monopoles are designed to have a weak point to tilt outside the RoW in case of an earthquake (according to BC Hydro Engineers) and most likely falling on people's homes 20m away, killing them instantly - such projects in earthquake country considered reckless in other countries around the world; - The fact that their advertised terms “transposed phasing” or “optimum phasing” are correct for "some" cancellations of magnetic fields, BUT, that these technologies are nothing new and are standard procedures used everywhere for a long time, according to a former senior BC Hydro Engineer; (Moreover, BC Hydro's proposed active cancellation [like headphone noise cancellations], i.e. by shifting 180 degrees out-of-phase is not true, it is not possible and would be catastrophic based on the large power involved, also according to a former senior BC Hydro Engineer); - The fact that BC Hydro, and the BC Ministries of MEM and Health do not indicate any responsibilities for the potential resulting health issues as well as enormous financial property losses in the future; - The fact that Anmore residents voted and requested safe underground lines at the last open house with BC Hydro (June 23, 2016); BUT, BC Hydro is completely ignoring and going forward with their original plan of new overhead (not underground) high powered transmission lines through Anmore and Belcarra; - The fact that safe underground lines costing only differential $26M (or much less), translating into only 0.09% of BC Hydro's reported assets, or into only 0.04% of their total annual revenue, or into only 4.47% of their net annual income (BC Hydro reports a net annual income of ~$600M every year; i.e., these costs will be paid in 15 days!); - The fact that safe underground lines will avoid health risks to about 140 homes and 550-700 people, and in addition will avoid large financial property losses of up to $100M in Anmore alone; - The fact of neglecting Engineering Ethics Codes to take responsibility and disallow any act which would potentially affect public health or safety - Code of Ethics APEG-BC, 14(A); - The fact that Anmore has on average at least 1 power outage per month for about 4-6 hours due to overhead local power lines, translating into ~60h/yr, or ~1yr over lifetime (compared to ~0min in Europe); - The fact that BC Hydro's new upgrade through Anmore, Belcarra and Burnaby into Vancouver has to be diverted across the inlet because the new line needs to be separate from the existing one, possibly crossing through untouched Parklands in Belcarra among others; - The fact that BC Hydro promotes to build by going deep, planning to build new high voltage substations underground in Vancouver. "If the utility were 'only looking at it from a safety lens, it would prefer its substations to be underground", AND, that the BC Hydro's CEO further explained their offer to move the nearby downtown schools in terms of 'health and safety' concerns (!); - The fact that BC Hydro's current infrastructure has enough energy for entire BC for the next half century, BUT, that the BC government currently spends billions of dollars for producing more electricity than needed AND sells that same amount of energy to the USA (~20% of total energy), AND sells that same amount of energy for less than half of the cost of its production (under the Columbia River Treaty between Canada and the USA):  (a) B.C. government gave a green light to proceed with the $8.8-billion Site C dam; (b) BC Hydro officials also noted that the project is well timed because of the large number of workers available; (c) The Columbia River Treaty:   - The important fact that BC Hydro's communicators are using "correct terms with incompetent interpretations", do mostly not answer questions to the public, often invent answers, distract with out of context numbers, and that their goal is not to find a solution but to make people quiet (!); - The fact that all eleven BC Hydro's Board Directors, who are collecting fees of the province’s utility the last fiscal year, have all records as one (and the same) party contributors or close associates of politicians. Some have business dealings impacted by business activities of BC Hydro (actual conflict of interest); - The final fact to honestly answer the critical question: Does BC Hydro really care anything about health or is it primarily their own money that drives their policy? That is the main issue!   Therefore, Anmore strongly opposes the current "BC Hydro's Metro North Transmission Project" - AND - Anmore demands that the new projected high-powered transmission lines, including the existing ones, are buried safely underground, as its is projected for Burnaby going into Vancouver. - -   Petition Lead: - Dr. Urs Ribary,  Professor and BC Leadership Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience Childhood Health and Development, Director, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Institute, Simon Fraser University (SFU), University of British Columbia (UBC) and BC Children's Hospital; - Marcus Schmieder, Engineer, PEng, M.IE&M; - Evelyne Ribary, Co-founder and President, The Samanta S. Ribary Foundation (Charity supporting orphans and children in need).   This Letter is signed by affected and widely concerned residents who support this petition. Anmore, February 4, 2017.  

Urs Ribary
465 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Surrey City Council, Concord Pacific, Rancho Management

Fight Light Pollution in Surrey - Turn off Fountain Uplighting

We object to the uplighting at 13696 100 Avenue, Surrey, BC, Canada. The uplighting is polluting to the night sky, detrimental to nocturnal species and harmful to human health.  Currently, the coloured lights point straight up towards the sky and are turned on 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. We ask that the lights be turned off immediately and indefinitely. We have 3 main areas of concern: 1. Human Health Studies have shown that exposure to artificial light at night is damaging to human health.  Living in an area with light pollution disrupts our circadian rhythms, and is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, obesity, diabetes, depression, reduced immunity, and sleep deprivation.  It also results in delayed bedtime and wake up time, shorter sleep duration and increased daytime sleepiness, which is a threat to human safety during the day.  Constant exposure to bright light at night can also accelerate vision degeneration.  Overall, quality of life is decreased for people living in areas with light pollution. 2. Native Animal Behaviour Light pollution is also harmful to nocturnal animals. It affects normal circadian behaviour, reproduction, and predator-prey interactions. Many species can no longer survive in our cities because light pollution has taken away their dark sky habitat and driven out the smaller animals that they normally eat. 3. Safety However, light is a necessary human tool for safety and navigation at night. Well designed lighting should be aimed down towards the ground to get more of the light where we need it to navigate and to see potential threats. Aiming light into the sky does not aid with any human nighttime functions, and can in fact increase glare and decrease visibility for people navigating around it. Considering the negative effects to the night sky, nocturnal animals, and human health, we ask that the lights at 13696 100 Avenue, Surrey, BC be turned off immediately and indefinitely. We hope that this case will serve as a first step in establishing regulation for light pollution in Surrey. To learn more about light pollution, check out the International Dark Sky Association's website:  

Laura Stepney
194 supporters