Dr. Craig Childress
Dr. Childress is a licensed clinical psychologist currently in private practice in Southern California. Among his areas of specialty practice is the diagnosis and treatment of the attachment-related pathology of “parental alienation” in high-conflict divorce. Dr. Childress is the author of Foundations, An Attachment-Based Model of Parental Alienation, as well as other books for mental health and legal professionals regarding the pathology of “parental alienation” in high-conflict divorce, and he has testified as an expert witness in cases of “parental alienation” across the United States and Canada. In his book Foundations, Dr. Childress provides a reformulation of the family pathology traditionally called “parental alienation” from entirely within standard and established constructs and principles of professional psychology, which lays the groundwork for a fundamental shift in how the pathology of “parental alienation” is assessed, diagnosed, and treated.
Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Childress served as the Clinical Director for a children’s assessment and treatment center primarily serving children in the foster care system. Dr. Childress currently teaches graduate level courses in Models of Psychotherapy, Assessment and Treatment Planning, Diagnosis and Psychopathology, Research Methods, and Child Development.
Dorcy Pruter is the CEO and Founder of the Conscious Co-Parenting Institute a company focused on providing conflict resolution skills and reuniting children with targeted parents of attachment related “Parental Alienation” after a high conflict separation or divorce. She is also the creator of the highly successful family reunification, coaching program, “The High Road to Reunification.” She is a Certified Co-Parenting, Custody and Family Reunification Coach and Educator, as well as, a trained Custody and Divorce Mediator. Dorcy was a formerly alienated daughter and prevented her children from being alienated, after divorce by implementing the skills she uses in her programs, to empower her children to be in a loving relationship with both of their parents. Dorcy is highly sought after coach and her programs solve the family dynamic known as “parental alienation”.
Shelbie Michaels, MA, LPC-S
Shelbie Michaels, MA, LPC- S is a licensed professional counselor board approved supervisor. She is currently in private practice at Unleashing Hope Counseling in Plano, Texas where she provides child, adolescent, adult and family therapy. Ms. Michaels has over 15 years’ experience working in a variety of community mental health agencies, residential treatment, foster/adopt agencies, juvenile probation and private practice. She is also a highly-qualified expert witness on divorce/custody cases and state cases involving child abuse and juvenile offenders.
Ms. Michaels first became aware of parental alienation while providing ethics and clinical consultations of other therapists’ work for target parents and their attorneys. This work led her to helping individuals safeguard against unethical, uninformed, and poor quality services; as well as informing and training professionals on following evidenced-based and best practice guidelines when working on alienation and abuse cases. Her most recent work as a reunification therapist was the guide to the development of a comprehensive assessment tool that provides a clear and reliable means to reasonably determine the existence and risk of parental alienation and hostile-aggressive parenting.
Rod is an alienated parent and author of the book “For the Love of Eryk.” Rod’s son, Eryk, tragically lost his life due to parental alienation. Rod is determined to educate the public and professionals about parental alienation. Eryk’s story is one that everyone needs to hear and the best way to hear it is from his loving father Rod.
Rebecca L. Bradley
Rebecca L. Bradley is an associate attorney with Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Hullett, P.C. Rebecca’s practice is focused on school law, including issues regarding employment/personnel, special education, disability, open meetings, open records, contracts, Board representation, and governance. She has experience representing clients in administrative hearings, investigations, general administration matters, and litigation. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Rebecca taught public school as a corps member for “Teach For America” in Detroit, Michigan.
Rod McCall is the author of the recently published book titled For the Love of Eryk. He discusses his experiences with divorce and parental alienation. The book also includes ways to recognize parental alienation as well as ways to cope and combat parent alienation. A number of people contributed to the book such as PA activist Wendy Perry and the producer of Erasing Dad, Ginger Gentile. Rod is now working to spread his story and experiences to various groups of professional counselors, judges, lawyers, school administrators and victims of hostile co-parenting.