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Petition to John Horgan

Grant Tetyana Melnychuk her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree which UNBC withheld through discrimination and abuse

Chairs of nursing schools can declare any nursing student "unsuitable" just as a matter of personal dislike for that person. The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) waited until the end of my registered nurse training  program to fail me in the last course, thereby maximizing their revenue, the bank's profit, and my student debt.  This happened even thought I was one of the top nursing students.  It was part of ongoing discrimination, abuse, and persecution against me by three nursing instructors and the chair of the nursing program at UNBC, who did not like the fact I am an immigrant English Second Language student and a single mother. UNBC consistently supports the chair of UNBC's School of Nursing, no matter what she and some of her faculty members do to nursing students. UNBC officials turn a deaf ear to the students' complaints unless the student can afford a lawyer.  Not surprisingly, since 2011 UNBC has banned lawyers from the student appeal process. I now owe a huge student debt with no means of repaying it or of supporting myself and my minor son. According to a lawyer, I have a human rights case against UNBC. However, without legal representation, I am unable to defend my rights against UNBC and obtain my registered nurse degree.  Moreover, Legal Aid and pro bono legal services do not provide help for low income people in cases such as mine. Provincial governments have privileged universities, but failed to protect students' rights and interests.  Publicly the BC government deplores the increase in child poverty! Please do not ignore this family; help and make one child's life better.                                                                                                                    I am asking you to help me obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNBC, so that I can write my registered nurse exam, receive my registered nurse license, find work, pay off my student debt, support myself and my minor son, and become a self sufficient member of society.                                                                                                                      What Martha MacLeod and some other UNBC instructors have done to some UNBC students is horrible.                                                                                                                UNBC must be compelled to treat its students fairly.  Students' rights need to be protected, and one of the best ways to do that is to allow students to have representation by a lawyer through all four stages  (instructor, chair, dean, senate) of the appeal process. This assistance needs to have funds available so that low and middle income students can enjoy the same effective rights as the wealthy. Please support us and pass this petition to others. Thank you very much for your support.   To know more about how UNBC has mistreated me, follow this link      

Tetyana Melnychuk
1,760 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

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
16,721 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to School Board Trustees

Pursuing a 21st Century Learning Model

This petition is being used to build public awareness of how schools can better serve our children, and to gain support for innovative educators working to bring real change to public education. The short film How Society Kills Our Creativity helps to convey the problem being addressed. Anyone, anywhere who wants to support responsible investigations of a promising new approach to public education can help by supporting this petition.  Concerned educators have said, “We know what we need. We just don’t know how to transition to it.” OPERI offers an answer. It promotes a workable starting point for fundamentally changing how schools treat children. The pilot program it proposes begins at the secondary school level, but once people see its benefits, they will extend it to include all grades. It is in the interests of every student, parent and educator, regardless of age, to support this petition, which will help to get underway common sense, systematic investigations of how public education can do so much more. The main feature of the pilot program is that it eliminates the bells from the school day. Formal scheduling, the practice of dividing the day into fixed chunks of time, which are governed by bells, is seen by Larry Rosenstock of High Tech High as the single greatest impediment to educational innovation. This view is shared by others such as Sir Ken Robinson. As the pilot will demonstrate, with the bells gone students and teachers are unleashed and great things then happen.  Details of the pilot are provided on the OPERI website. The potential of this pilot to provide answers to many pressing questions The pilot provides a wonderful opportunity to acquire valuable insights into how children learn and how to nourish their sense of wellbeing. Other relevant resources are a video titled Changing Education Paradigms. It was produced by Ken Robinson who is renowned for his most viewed Ted Talk. A compelling video by Prince EA titled, I Just Sued the School System, also calls for fundamental change. The video Evolution of Learning gives a glimpse of the infinite learning possibilities innovative students and teachers are anxious to explore. It has been almost 50 years since the Ontario Government produced its 1968 report on education titled Living and Learning. It described the state of education at the time as follows: “Today, on every side, however, there is heard a growing demand for a fresh look at education in Ontario. The Committee was told of inflexible programs, outdated curricula, unrealistic regulations, regimented organization, and mistaken aims of education. We heard from alienated students, frustrated teachers, irate parents, and concerned educators. Many public organizations and private individuals have told us of their growing discontent and lack of confidence in a school system which, in their opinion, has become outmoded and is failing those it exists to serve.” Help us to build the public awareness needed to ensure that this statement does not sound so current 50 years from now. Please sign and share this petition.  

Richard Fransham
168 supporters