After decades of ideological impasse, the major US professional body, the APA, has signalled that an historic change is on its way. Let’s celebrate this long-awaited change and the invisible key that seems to have worked at last.
What’s the key?! The absolute absence of the ‘A’ word.
We don’t want to risk spoiling the obvious power of being reasonable, academically informed and positive … and also the power of NOT mentioning the ‘A’ word at all. So we will not dwell on all the more negative things scattered through past decades in the wake of this new welcome development.
A new safe pathway for all to use
If you know the field at all you’ll know all about the ideological, gender and professional debates that mirror the intensity of the high conflict family patterns and the children at the centre of our concerns. If you know all that, you can marvel at the brilliance of this new move as it steers through the storm by picking a new safe, sound and effective pathway.
If you don’t know all that, just be pleased that now you don’t need to know it. Just enjoy the straightforward clarity that has emerged.
All the often embattled sides should be able to unite in support of this new integrating approach. If we do unite behind it, then that is nothing short of a miracle after all these years. Although this is of particular relevance to a USA context, it will have major effects all round the world too.
Read it all in full
This blogpost is brief to encourage you instead to read and think most about where the action is.
Carefully read and note the powerful, thorough, no ‘A’ word, position statement. It bases its rationale on well-known principles of attachment and child abuse. Note the non-gendered parents organisation behind the petition. The gender-inclusive title avoids the usual but spurious gender conflict. It’s good to have a targeted mother as the voice of NATP to underline this gender point.
That title doesn’t prioritise the children but their position statement certainly does. Note that the professionals behind the NATP petition have strategically left it to parents to lead the way. They have also left aside some of their more polemical stuff in order not to distract from this new safer pathway for all.
And finally here’s the brilliant recent news itself of the APA intention to change. That news is added onto the online petition at change.org.
Do read the full position statement for its thorough brilliance and absence of the ‘A’ word. Then do sign that petition. Add some note of who and where you are so that we both support this important US change and link ourselves to world-wide change too.
Next step? Let’s await history in the making. … Update 26 April (just after PA Awareness Day): The APA continues to process it’s review of its position statement. The old 2008 statement has been taken down from its webpage.