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Re: “Psychologists urge ABC to correct bogus depiction of RAD in '20/20' coverage of Justin Harris

Attachment Therapists have long harassed and libeled individuals who are critical of their abusive practices, but they don't go after the big national mental health professional organizations who also oppose their methods. What else would you expect from people who intentionally torture defenseless children?

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Posted by Linda Rosa on 11/17/2015 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Psychologists urge ABC to correct bogus depiction of RAD in '20/20' coverage of Justin Harris

It is great that ABC is trying to undo the misconceptions in their programming. Kudos to these psychologists for protesting!

But what about Arkansas DHS?

The DHS website still recommends a whole lot of vile books that promote the faux-RAD and Attachment (Holding) Therapy. Because DHS didn't change its tune after the investigative reporting back in March, it is probably going to be necessary to force DHS to abandon this dangerous practice.

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Posted by Linda Rosa on 11/11/2015 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Twenty problems with 20/20's coverage of the Justin Harris 'rehoming'

Steven E is probably right that "RAD" was a ruse.

There is something called the "RAD Defense," where people try to get off charges of child abuse or murder, pleading that their Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad "RAD" Child drove them to it. (This defense, by the way, has apparently never worked.)……

Redefining RAD as something fearful has many advantages (except for the child).

The catch-all laundry list of signs/symptoms for the bogus "RAD" can get any and every adopted child diagnosed with "RAD", thus qualifying the adoptive/foster parents to receive "special needs adoption funding."

The adoptive parents can also paint themselves as totally selfless martyrs for raising such a difficult child. Attachment Therapy claims children with "RAD" are potentially demon-possessed, which would renders the parents religious martyrs, as well.

And you don't want your adopted child after all? Label him as phony "RAD" so that no one would blame you for disrupting or re-homing a child diagnosed with it.

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Posted by Linda Rosa on 10/29/2015 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Twenty problems with 20/20's coverage of the Justin Harris 'rehoming'

Bravo, Benjamin Hardy, for writing a well-earned critique of Elizabeth Vargas and 20/20. It is hard to believe that so much of the excellent reporting on this story by you, Peacock, and Kathryn Joyce was ignored.

Allow me to add Problem #21: 20/20 ignored the involvement of DHS in a fringe practice that has been denounced as dangerous child abuse.

I am referring to Attachment (Holding) Therapy and its unrecognized "RAD" diagnosis – to which you refer in Problem #6. The Harrises where using its parenting methods, aka Nancy Thomas parenting. 

It appears that DHS not only accepted the unconventional "RAD" diagnosis of these girls and the severe Attachment Therapy/Parenting methods, but Leslie Peacock had revealed over half a year earlier that DHS had even hired an Attachment (Holding) Therapist to treat children:

"...Jean Crume, an MSW and licensed clinical social worker who has a contract with DHS to treat children with RAD...'I know Nancy Thomas is extremely controversial. However, I know she is very effective, trains worldwide and has done a lot of good for parents,' Crume said."…

Even today, the Arkansas DHS website's "Suggested Reading" includes numerous books (e.g. Keck, Cline, Levy, etc) that promote abusive methods that the American Psychological Association’s Division on Child Maltreatment says should be investigated by child welfare workers where they are used.…

Another problematic DHS recommendation is "Foster Parent and Adoptive Community" that provides online classes by the infamous Nancy Thomas and others. (As to the matter of demon possession of "RAD" children, you need look no further than the influence of Nancy Thomas.)……

The eldest girl was said by DHS to have (the phony) "RAD" BEFORE entering the Harris home, and the middle girl later got the same diagnosis.

The Harrises claim DHS advised them to put an alarm on the girl's bedroom door, use a motion detector, and put their three (strapping big) boys in the parents bedroom to protect them. These Nancy Thomas methods for parenting "RAD" children – children she claims are potential killers.…

And what is the reason DHS did not want the Harrises to take the girls in the first place?

After the exposure of DHS’s involvement with an abusive practice by Peacock and Joyce, why haven’t they stopped? What would it take to get DHS’s internal culture to change from one that accepting abusive pop psychotherapies to one that puts a high value on humane, research-based practices? At this late point, I'd recommend some high-level heads get knocked together.

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Posted by Linda Rosa on 10/29/2015 at 3:26 PM

Re: “A conversation with '20/20's' Elizabeth Vargas on the Justin Harris 'rehoming' episode

What I can't figure out is if Elizabeth Vargas did such a thorough investigation, what is ABC doing posting a film clip today of a therapist treating "Reactive Attachment Disorder" with coercive restraint?…

This is Attachment Therapy, aka Holding Therapy, and the particular style shown is called "Compression Therapy." The boy is show saying hateful things, but who wouldn't with being pinned to the floor with an adult man on top of you. But more than likely, the boy was told what to yell out, as a usual part of the "therapy."

To try to justify this abusive treatment of a child, Attachment Therapists have devised their own catch-all diagnosis called "Attachment Disorder" (AD)", which they commonly conflate with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). But they are very different:

"RAD vs AD"…

ABC also shows a group of adoptive mothers ("Trauma Mamas") -- talking about this bogus diagnosis as if it were real -- and true to form, they demonize their children. The trouble is that these sorts appear to attribute many normal child behaviors to "RAD." They frequently diagnose their own children.

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Posted by Linda Rosa on 10/23/2015 at 9:59 PM

Re: “A conversation with '20/20's' Elizabeth Vargas on the Justin Harris 'rehoming' episode

Harris's attorney released this statement:

"Exorcisms and telepathy are not part of the Harrises' religious practice. They followed the techniques in a book called 'When Love Is Not Enough, a Parent's Guide to Reactive Attachment Disorder' by Nancy Thomas, who is a recognized expert on therapeutic parenting techniques."…

Nancy Thomas. Even the Fundamentalists can't beat Nancy Thomas for highly authoritarian parenting. Thomas's methods are brutal and have been linked to numerous high profile criminal child abuse and death cases. Here are some very disturbing quotes from her materials:…

Nancy Thomas is the foremost proponent of the parenting method used in Attachment Therapy (aka Holding Therapy, Rage Reduction, Holding-Nurturing process) -- a fringe, cult-like practice so horrific it has been singled out for condemnation by the American Psychological Association and APSAC.

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Posted by Linda Rosa on 10/23/2015 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Harris therapy controversial

We read in this article that Nancy Thomas feeds children sugar for pain relief, but elsewhere she has claim that children with attachment disorder can't feel pain (and "can't float").

And Nancy Thomas now claims she doesn't recommend holdings? But she speaks highly of Holding Therapy in a number of her own books that she currently sells on her website, e.g. "Dandelion On My Pillow, Butcher Knife Below."

Crume claims that Nancy Thomas parenting includes "unconditional love, all the time." I don't see much of that in Nancy Thomas' parenting advice. Judge for yourself:

That Crume recommends Nancy Thomas parenting under ANY conditions is concerning. The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and the American Psychological Association's Division on Child Maltreatment have advised child welfare workers to investigate where Attachment Therapy and its parenting methods (aka Nancy Thomas parenting) are used (See the journal "Child Maltreatment," 2006).

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Posted by Linda Rosa on 03/19/2015 at 8:14 PM

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