Parental Alienation, Parent-Child Contact Problems, and Gatekeeping

The concept of parental alienation has been the subject of much controversy in the mental health and legal fields, and related concepts, such as gatekeeping, are often poorly understood.

Johnston and Sullivan (2020) noted that controversy over parental alienation has lasted over three decades, and the concept has managed to remain a “complaint du jour” in high-conflict family court disputes.

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Beyond PTSD: Limitations of Current Trauma-Related Diagnoses

By Dr. Julianne LudlamFor most people, traumatic reactions are associated with the diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. This is understandable, given that it is the primary trauma-related diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, currently in its fifth edition (DSM-5). However, it may be useful for attorneys and legal professionals […]

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What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder?

When we think of the word antisocial, the words quiet, reserved, and awkward may come to mind. However, in the instance of Antisocial Personality Disorder, this term instead translates to “against society,” and refers to the patterns of deviance and disregard for societal norms.Like other personality disorders, this illness exhibits a wide gradient of severity, […]

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Access To Care: Why Using a Student Counselor Makes Sense

Given the current stressors that we face with COVID-19, unemployment, racial tensions, and political unrest, more people are seeking support for dealing with anxiety, depression, and grief. However, some people do not seek services due to lack of financial resources. Here at KKJ, we offer sliding scale and pro-bono services, often through the use of […]

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Racism in Forensic Evaluations

By Dr. Julianne LudlamRacism has a long and disturbing history within the fields of mental health and law. Forensic evaluations are one small component of the legal system, but they represent an intersection between mental health and law. This series of articles discusses the potential for racism in forensic evaluations and describes some methods we […]

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