Let's Get Honest! Absolutely Uncommon Analysis of Family & Conciliation Courts' Operations, Practices, & History

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Moms New to #FamilyCourtReformists’ Lobby (Safe Child, Safe Parent, Broken Family Courts, Flawed Practices — and Please Welcome Our Nice, Empathetic, DV-Expert Men) Should Consider Their Script Carefully. [Mar. 19, 2022].

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Moms New to #FamilyCourtReformists’ Lobby (Safe Child, Safe Parent, Broken Family Courts, Flawed Practices — and Please Welcome Our Nice, Empathetic, DV-Expert Men) Should Consider Their Script Carefully. [Mar. 19, 2022]. (case-sensitive short-link ends “-dQh”)

I just realized that “Their Script” may be unclear. “They/Their” refers to the Lobby, not to the Moms.. I don’t know that Moms need a script so much as to recognize the ones (we’ve) been fed. We need principles and tools to discover and report the truth in terms that speak not just to cause, but to entities running the drama and triangulation of opposites to get eventually, to a desired third-option, involving (clearly) public resources and more control over certain institutions through control of who trains the judges — not to mention the cash and influence-flow from more and more trainings further and further removed from public (that is, the people’s) over sight. //LGH March 20, 2022).

This post moves about half previous post, @LetUsGetHonest Pinned Tweet (thread) with IRS Form 990 explanation and more, Moved Here [Mar. 7, 2022]. (short-link ends “-dNX”), over here.  It brings in the exhortations and develops that theme more than passing references there could.

With this re-distribution I hope readers will better understand the urgency behind my exhortation here and be more inclined to finish reading my March 7 post and be reminded about <>finding entity financials, the basic parts of an IRS Form 990 and <>the benefits of refusing to allow websites arranged to distract readers from identifying the entities and finding those financials to succeed in that distraction.

My other purpose in the prior post was to liberate the top of my Twitter account without losing that basic, summary information.

NOTICING: Individually, once a person starts noticing the frequency of such situations (websites) and the level of spin and sales on so many websites it will be that person’s new day for evaluating both existing government and “reform-government” advocacy networks. The evidence has been around — just not presented and tied in clearly to those websites and the public-relations messaging.

We fail to acknowledge HOW MUCH of public policy has been advertising.  For this in many ways we have to thank (?) Freud. (And Freud’s nephew, of course…).

YES THERE IS A SCRIPT: There is a script, there is a stage, and there are curtains.  Valuable information “behind the curtains” is not all off-limits to the public, not all inaccessible. It may not be in the same theater even, but it does exist.  All that is necessary (first steps, in my opinion) is to stop being in “audience-only” mode, waiting to be entertained, moved, experience the emotions that theater exists to provoke, and start understanding that other participants in a production exist.  And that analogy also applies to selling government policies and legislative reform.

The difference is, you can opt out of attending most theatre, or social media channels that don’t appeal or entertain — but you can NOT opt out of existing in the same place as governments — domestic, international, or (USA) State & local… We are on the same planet.  We are mostly NOT food- clothing- transportation- and shelter- self-sufficient, off-grid and fully independent in developed countries whose taxes are taken to run ever more forms of social engineering projects upon us at our own expense, lest we organize better and become more:  food, clothing, transportation and shelter-self-sufficient.

…or did you really thing “ending welfare as we once knew it” in 1996 was about more individual self-sufficiency than shifting federal resources into private hands for the “Federal Designer-Family” routine and some very cruel ways of population control?

So why not take a closer look, then talk it up?


An extended insert on the historic background of “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” came up when I found the ABA Commission on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence bailing on providing active links for mis-led “Survivor/Victims” who might be expecting some direct help, or referrals to where to find some, by omitting active links from its list — while, elsewhere on the site directing its readers (mostly lawyer members, presumably) to a website (blatantly) promoting StrengthAtHome.org (trainings and certifications for handling PTSD, especially but not only for Military and Veterans, and as a way to reduce (their) “Intimate Partner Violence”), run by a (career psychologist) Casey (Tyler) Taft.

The fine print on what StrengthAtHome and Dr. Taft have been doing shows it, besides running a standard “train, certify, distribute” business model typical of psychologists, a particular brand of “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” developed by (“go figure”) not himself, but a woman, Dr. Patricia Resick. (For both Taft and Resick, “Dr.”means a doctorate (Ph.D.) in psychology, not medicine).

All this is relevant when so much public resources are dedicated to running these programs, and the career curves of people (such as Taft) backed by federal (and some private) grants. For example: regarding Resick:

Dr Resick’s research has been continuously funded for 40 years. She has published over 300 articles and chapters and ten books on PTSD.

About Dr. Casey Taft,” from StrengthAtHome (which I reached via the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence):

Casey Tyler Taft, Ph.D. (2001), StrengthAtHome.org (IPV/DV Prevention and Treatment, esp. for the military and vets) for March, 2022 post).

Casey T. Taft, Ph.D., is a staff psychologist at the National Center for PTSD in the VA Boston Healthcare System, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Taft has served as Principal Investigator on funded grants focusing on understanding and preventing partner violence through the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Defense,* the Blue Shield Foundation of California, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, and the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.** He was the primary developer of the Strength at Home programs to prevent IPV, with current grants to implement the program within civilian, military, and Veteran settings.

Prior to this, he was coordinator of an abuser intervention program in an inner city civilian setting.

Dr. Taft is on the Editorial Boards of five journals and has published over 100 peer-reviewed academic articles.

* Using acronyms for parts of the U.S. federal government cited just there:  NIMH, DVA, CDC and DOD.  ** Three foundations are mentioned; of the two ones regarding Health” (Blue Shield of California — yet his work is in Boston) at least one I know is huge.  The Bob Woodruff Foundation I  see is focused on serving the military (but haven’t looked its financials up yet).

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, its website shows, is also huge and only formed in 2018:

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is one of the largest foundations in the United States and the largest foundation focused exclusively on New York State.

The Foundation originated from the 2018 sale of Fidelis Care, a nonprofit health insurer, inspired by the bishops of the Catholic diocese to increase healthcare access for New York’s poor. …Amid rising costs complicating the delivery of care, the Board decided to sell Fidelis to a better capitalized and technologically advanced private insurer.

The transaction, which was approved by New York State regulators in 2018 following rigorous governmental review and extensive public input, resulted in the creation of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, a new charitable foundation organized under the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.

Inaugural grants round

The Foundation’s inaugural round of grants at year-end 2019 delivered $150 million to more than 500 nonprofit organizations, programs, and initiatives serving low-income and underserved populations across New York. This included $57 million toward general services for low-income individuals and families; $18 million toward programming, nursing, and caregiving services for older adults; $18 million toward housing and services for persons with special needs; $10 million toward initiatives for immigrants and refugees; $3 million toward support services for veterans; and so much more.

Beyond the three private nonprofits, the various federal grants supporting StrengthAtHome programming, there’s also the grants supporting just this one young man’s (judging by the photo and his c.v.) career before he developed a program to be public/private funded and intended, actually, for all populations while initially focused on the military and vets: Click for Dr. Taft’s curriculum vitae (note — in document, not pdf format, may affect line breaks)..

He’s 1994, 1997, 2001 degrees (straight through:  psychology (SUNY-Albany, New York), clinical psychology M.A. (U-Maryland, Baltimore County), doctorate in clinical psychology (Baltimore), by 2002 involved in the VA Healthcare, and hasn’t veered course since. Some of his post-graduate grants have been huge, and he seems to be still a young man (see nearby photo, and judging by his college degree dates)


  • 1994 B.A. Psychology, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY
  • 2000 M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
  • 2001 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
  • 2002 Clinical Internship, Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (APA Accredited), Durham, NC


  • 2003 Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIMH-funded (T-32) program, National Center for PTSD/Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology, VA Boston Healthcare System (APA Accredited), Boston, MA


  • 2003 – Present Clinical Research Psychologist, National Center for PTSD, Behavioral Sciences Division, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA
  • 2003 – 2008 Assistant Professor, Division of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA (by 2008, Associate Professor, since 2014, “Professor” — that is, as a clinical psychologist within a medical school’s division of psychiatry.


In that section, I go through some basic (mostly Wikipedia) references putting names (founders, promulgators and organization names, especially “ABCT.org”) of this therapy in America at length, mid-summary of Patricia Resick’s career curve between Boston (VA Boston Healthcare/ Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD where she worked to take it system-wide — and that’s a large system now, and I’ll bet was at the time, too) before moving on to Duke University.

Besides that inserted section below, I have recently also (re-)explored just how deeply entrenched not only Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but also credentialing and professionalization of Analytical Behavioral Therapy across the United States — and its origins also, and the penchant proponents have for expanding perpetually through forming societies, certifications, certification boards, and credentialing.

That brought up names like Hank S. Pennypacker and (below at the “Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies”) Rob Holdsambeck” and even now, the year is 2022, disturbingly leadership or Boards of Directors lists featuring mostly white middle-aged men, perhaps a few women approaching their age and a whole lot more of young (if I say “nubile” will it get the post censored?) women, whether undergraduates or post-graudates), abound. I’ve given links and searchable names and won’t post the images here…

With all the credentialing organizations, even more letters can be appended to any existing degrees, for example:

Rob Holdsambeck, Ed.D., LCP, BCBA-D, Founder, Holdsambeck Behavioral Health

Amanda Paige Laprime, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Assistant to the Executive Director,Assistant Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center

That characteristic also “front and center” at his Holdsambeck Behavioral Health.”

Unfortunately, within the last week, I really did look up what “BCBA-D” stands for (coming from a different perspective: who credentials the credentialing institutions, etc. (such as the I.C.E.   website http://credentialingexcellence.org). All tax-exempt of course.  Unbelievable how widespread.. It has to do with propagating trademarked processes, many originating in or to be financed by the healthcare fields.  Behavioral Health, too…  which proceeds from psychology as a field.

For example, at the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, (Behavior.org) 1981 Founder Robert (NOT “Jeffrey!”) Epstein (Wikipedia) THIS Epstein is about my age (“I’ll never tell!”) and still going strong (his website, DrRobertEpstein.com), is a fan of (and helped “resurrect” from retirement) B.F. Skinner and is evangelistic and expert at self-promotion and continuing marketing, as his 52-page resume attests.  The field, in case you haven’t guessed yet, is (start to finish) “Psychology.”

Two-up, two-row image gallery not central to this post, but for basic consciousness-raising on the culture we live in and must deal with, throughout government.

IN THIS CONTEXT of evangelical behavioral therapists and their societies, and cradle- (well, “college-“) -to-college-to-career with publication/dissemination-to-retirement public-funded pipelines for clinical psychologists who favor B.F. Skinner over Freud, but still love to run and write up behavior-mod programs (often — not referring to Casey Taft particularly — with help from young, nubile staff and interns) and mentor others to do the same — …. it’s a character trait of the field …

I urge embattled parents** (with or without me, either as I did or in some other sensible, practical way) to acquire and adopt some more independent standards of judgment by looking at (starting to understand that there are) the “entities” behind all forms of public relations — including sales and advertising to push certain public policies which sell more goods & services.

**Of course I feel empathy (see this post title, and blog) for “custody-challenged” mothers, especially those who already had to face abuse (at-home violence) with children witnessing or also being targeted for abuse by their biological fathers, but our collective experiences (and common sense) show that understanding “entity” as used in private and public spheres to move funds (resources) is basic to citizenship and basic to resist becoming mere slaves (with an illusion of choice, but just enough to prevent riots and maintain the workforce).

This constant! selling of public policies to: experiment/ report/ legislate/ administer/evaluate/ “rinse and repeat” more trainings and mandated services regardless of no proven “trickle-down” effect to improving anything or anyone — the courts, the country, the landscape, “social justice,” equity, diversity, or safer relationships — won’t stop at “enough!” unless “the public” gets better and move vocal on monitoring on what’s being done with our resources.   We must find, read, and keep reading and talking about those financials — with each other, and on-line.

Otherwise, it is a cycle of in[s]anity progressively “capacity-building” to move control of public resources into the private sector. facilitated by the private tax-exempt sector.  Gaping holes in financial / fiscal accountability must be named in terms of BALANCE SHEETS among NETWORKED PUBLIC/PRIVATE ENTERPRISES — not “budgets.” Without stopping or correcting the leaks and dysfunctional databases, misdirection throughout websites, etc., the funds should be withheld — from the federal government (USA) and throughout:


  • language that doesn’t refer to existing reality (specifically, entities) as though it did.
  • (That this has become the pervasive standard doesn’t mean those propagating it are “insane.” Talking “inane” (remotely, en masse) induces targeted populations (most people except the managerial classes) to become functionally “InSane.”. Propagating “inane” phrases and campaign names isn’t inane on the part of those seeking to NOT be held accountable — it’s strategically effective & smart.  It is a tactic).


  • continuing to hear, respond to, donate to, or in any way endorse anyone/thing using such language as leads to a collective stupor as to basic accounting vocabulary.
  • the state induced if one doesn’t actively resist inane and stop subscribing to it…


  • incapable of making sound observations leading to sound decisions.
  • A vulnerable state, desired by the few for the many, making (us) easier to micro-manage.

The more and more invasive and demographic-targeted programs there are, the greater the imbalance of power between those governed and the government.

Post title reads: “Moms New to #FamilyCourtReformists’ Lobby …[brief description].. Should Consider Their Script Carefully.” because many moms NOT new to this lobby realized, in hindsight or too late for our own cases already “thrown under the bus” by the same lobby, through withholding key information which, had we had it timely, might have led to us following a different course of action years ago, while these systems were just getting established and expanding (1990s-2000s, even 2010s to a degree):

  • In our own cases: While our post-domestic violence (or child abuse) divorce and/or unmarried cases funneled into the family courts (referencing “USA” here) were still active, with possibly more efficient use of our time and resources, and possibly with different outcomes
  • As activists/advocates realizing justice and due-process do not happen in these courts. When the sense of betrayal and shock can trigger a knee-jerk, but deep-seated (trauma-based?) and relentless pursuit of exactly what those who withheld key information were after, as I just described in the keywords in my post title associated with the cause.

Groundwork was laid in the 1970s and 1980s, however the 1990s held some major system-shock acts:  Passage in 1994 of the first Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) despite existing “family violence prevention” service funding around since 1984 (under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, “CAPTA” of the 1970s: the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act” (FVPSA)

My basic approach to any cause is (if I haven’t already): #FindTheEntity_FollowTheFunds(That’s my new Twitter hashtag).

Which entity, this time?should always be foremost in reading, if not already known. Even if evident from the verbiage what entity is likely if not saying it, involved in spreading it, I will still seek to identify any one involved on a particular thread, website, in mainstream media articles covering these topics, or associated with the author — especially if the author has an ongoing column on that media.

The goal should be getting to the truth of how this country works: what any person who can read and is already showing access to the internet via social media activity, order on-line, search on-line,  comment or post, blog, or publish through individual accounts, or on news media (free or subscription) CAN do SHOULD do to understand the very basic financials of our own government and who, really, is in charge.

More post preview, for THIS post:

ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence (url implies that the “& Sexual was an afterthought) disclaimer lists individuals needing help (not T&TA) might call. These look like links but don’t seem to be interactive, @ 8March2022

–>>You will read about the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence (“CDSV.”  It’s an ABA Group)

and how this ABA Group website, under its “Request Technical Assistance,” tells Victims/Survivors where they can go (“Didn’t you read, we said “Technical Assistance only!”) by categories of resources but without active links to them, i.e., not how to get even find a listing of those categories with real organization names attached).

BUT, at the bottom of the ABA CDSV–because images and words are so large, not at all visible from the top — this website advertised**  a specific  “Evidence-based, relationship conflict prevention” system — apparently just one, tested on military and vets, “but hey: why not civilians too?” to prevent “IPV” and featuring “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,” spearheaded by a man with a c.v. flush with federal grants.

(It turns out, this whole field, cognitive processing therapy (for PTSD), was developed not that long ago by a woman, Patricia Resick, now at Duke University. There’s a Wikipedia): notice the societies (associations) mentioned. Or at Psychwire.com (timeline less clear from this article). With a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1976, but 1981 she was (for the next 22 years), at University of Missouri, St. Louis, where by 1988 she’d developed CPT:

Dr Resick’s research has been continuously funded for 40 years. She has published over 300 articles and chapters and ten books on PTSD. She has served as the President of both the International Society for Traumatic Stress and the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies.

…(not in para. order): She developed Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, a short, evidence-based treatment, and has overseen multiple clinical trials.

The treatment manual for CPT has been translated into 12 languages. In addition, it has been formally disseminated throughout the VA in the US, Canada, Australia, and now the Democratic Republic of Congo. CPT is considered first-line therapy for PTSD.

Resick then went to Boston, 2003ff — first in the VA (Veterans Administration), then at Boston University:  (From the Wikipedia) and look at the disseminiation/ evangelization/ spread of this single CPT system-wide, and systematically.

As a psychologist, she was also a professor of psychiatry (it happens, just something to be aware of.  A position as a psychologist in a university (or even medical center) department of psychiatry does not a psychiatrist make.  Different qualifications!

In 2003 she moved to Boston as Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System, which she held for a decade.Also in 2004, she became a professor of psychiatry at Boston University. In 2006 she initiated a program to disseminate CPT throughout the VA.[4]

Resick was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy from 1992-1995 and President of what was renamed to the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) in 2003-2004. She also served on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies from 1997-2003. In 2009 she was elected president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Look at the associations:  “…Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy” AABT (which later became) …. “Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies…” ABCT… (and at a certain point in its history changed the last word to the siungular, “Therapy”) … “International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies” ISTSS.

Reader Alert — I will get back to the former theme after this mini-section I’m calling:

ABCT.org:  Mini-Section on the History and some Founders of “Behavior Therapy,”  Patricia Resick background,  Casey Taft/StrengthAtHome.org background,  The ABA CSDV diverting Survivor/Victims but promoting a Single Psychology- (not Law-) Driven Service Provider

[The historical background is relevant.  I’ll mark the end of this mini-section]:

ABCT:  A reaction and treatment alternative to Freud and psychoanalysis.  At its founding in 1967 one (only) woman is shown and was mentioned: https://www.abct.org/about/abct-history/

The organization was originally founded in 1966 under the name Association for Advancement of Behavioral Therapies (AABT; Franks, 1997) by 10 behaviorists who were dissatisfied with the prevailing Freudian/psychoanalytic model 

…Although AABT/ABCT was not established until 1966, its history begins in the early 1900s with the birth of the behaviorist movement, which was brought about by Pavlov, Watson, Skinner, Thorndike, Hull, Mowrer, and others-scientists who, concerned primarily with observable behavior, were beginning to experiment with conditioning and learning theory. By the 1950s, two entities-Hans Eysenck’s research group (which included one of AABT’s founders Cyril Franks) at the University of London Institute of Psychiatry, and Joseph Wolpe’s research group (which included another of AABT’s founders, Arnold Lazarus) in South Africa-were conducting important studies that would establish behavior therapy as a science based on principles of learning. In complete opposition to the psychoanalytic model, “The seminal significance of behavior therapy was the commitment to apply the principles and procedures of experimental psychology to clinical problems, to rigorously evaluate the effects of therapy, and to ensure that clinical practice was guided by such objective evaluation” (Wilson, 1997).

This summary has no link to the founders’ names, so I”m listing them with Wiki for some basic time- and geographic references.  Most people I’ll bet have more awareness of Pavlov, Skinner and Thorndike than Hull, Mowrer, Watson and Joseph Wolpe (South African psychiatrist, b. 1915 S. Africa – 1997, Los Angeles)

Next:  Biographies in brief (Wiki mostly) for Joseph WOLPE (1915-1997), John B. WATSON (1878-1958 & (briefly) Orval Hobart  MOWRER (1907-1982), with connections to Pavlov, BF Skinner, and experiments on animals, infants (Watson) and humans for the sake of improvement of humanity (and innumerable therapies for basic life conditions, including PTSD and trauma) through behavioral science. To me, Watson having any lasting influence is the most disturbing…

Wolpe: From and degreed in South Africa (but who in 1956 got a Ford Fellowship for Stanford’s Center for Behavioral Analysis, and after a brief return to South Africa returned to the United States to the University of Virginia (1960), then in 1965, Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) until 1988, after which he lectured regularly at Pepperdine University (Los Angeles; now Malibu).  As a medical officer, he was trying to help soldiers with (what’s now called) PTSD.  “Prolific writer” and influential psychologist. “Systematic desensitization,” “recipriocal inhibition,” and his New York Times obituary described him as a “pioneer in the field,” and the second president of ABCT. He experimented on cats (producing then getting them to unlearn neuroses)  and lamented that more people didn’t heed Pavlov.

In addition, Dr. Wolpe was an energetic champion of behavior therapy. He marshaled numerous studies to demonstrate that behavior therapy’s effectiveness had been scientifically demonstrated. Its roots lie in the work of the Russian physiologist and experimental psychologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849- 1936). But Dr. Wolpe also lamented that numerous therapists did not give enough attention to behavior therapy.

John B. Watson (1878-1958, American Psychologist) “popularized the scientific field of behaviorism, establishing it as a psychological school..”  Read his “early life” “Marriage(s)” and about the “Little Albert” experiment, which would now be unethical and has been called “uninterpretable.”  His father abandoned the family when Watson was 13, his religious (and harsh) mother turned him into an atheist, then had to sell the family farm, moving them to an urban area. He made it through college, somehow, with a master’s degree at 21 from then-Southern Baptist (white males only), Furman  He eventually talked himself (academics not his long suit) getting into the University of Chicago, with his doctorate in 1903[22]     

[[Wiki: Furman finally admitted women in 1933, and African Americans, after Brown v. Board of Education and Furman’s building and opening a new campus in 1958, in 1965…Even after the students pressed for this, the Southern Baptist Convention refused, and trustees postponed.  ONly when an incoming President they wanted made it a condition of his acceptance did the university admit African Americans…  In 1992 it finally became secular.  Despite these dates, it had endowments from Duke as early as 1924:

In 1924, Furman was named one of four collegiate beneficiaries of the Duke Endowment. Through 2007, Furman has received $110 million from the endowment, which is now one of the nation’s largest philanthropic foundations. Three other colleges—Duke, Davidson and Johnson C. Smith—also receive annual support and special grants from the endowment.[A 3]]]

[John B. Watson bio from Wiki, cont’d.] Married while in graduate school, had one boy and one girl, the girl later committed suicide, but before, she’d married, and of two children, the girl had “psychological issues she attributed to being raised with her grandfather’s theories.”  Watson, later divorced (℅ an ongoing affair with his his student, Rosalie Rayner (1898–1935, note: 20-year age difference), which cost him his work at John Hopkins. He then married her and they had two boys within just a few years, both of whom attempted suicide and one, later, succeeded (in 1954): who were raised with the behaviorist principles that John espoused throughout his career.

The couple remained together until Rayner’s death at age 36 in 1935.[16] Just like their half-sister, both sons also later attempted suicide,[12] with William killing himself in 1954.[3]

“Such a nice guy…”  See also the (still short) Britannica.com Watson biography:

Watsonian behaviourism became the dominant psychology in the United States during the 1920s and ’30s.

Watson received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago (1903), where he then taught. In 1908 he became professor of psychology at Johns Hopkins University and immediately established a laboratory for research in comparative, or animal, psychology

His first major work, Behavior: An Introduction to Comparative Psychology, was published in 1914. In it he argued forcefully for the use of animal subjects in psychological study …and conditioned responses as the ideal experimental tool. In 1918 Watson ventured into the relatively unexplored field of infant study. In one of his classic experiments—and one of the most controversial in the history of psychology—he conditioned fear of white rats and other furry objects in “Little Albert,” an orphaned 11-month-old boy.

… [In another book in] (1919), … he sought to extend the principles and methods of comparative psychology to the study of human beings and staunchly advocated the use of conditioning in research. His association with academic psychology ended abruptly. In 1920, in the wake of sensational publicity surrounding his divorce from his first wife, Watson resigned from Johns Hopkins. He entered the advertising business in 1921.

Watson’s book Behaviorism (1925), for the general reader, is credited with interesting many in entering professional psychology.

How interesting that it wasn’t his experimenting on orphaned infants, or recommending human experimentation too, but his adultery with a student (see birth dates) 20 years his junior, even though he then divorced his wife and married her, that destroyed his career as a psychologist.  Also disturbing is how what the University of Chicago degree in psychology (still a very young field in America at the time) gave him access to do, and to publish.  They were different times, but my point here is, we still have the societies set up to perpetuate this field today, and woven through major public institutions.  I’m sure that this form of helping shell-shocked veterans and others with their trauma is better than psychoanalysis and Freud, but less enthusiastic that it should become as pervasive as, for example, war, domestic violence and child sexual abuse, and broadened to treat almost any disturbing human events, including divorce with children.  (See ABCT.org’s “Fact Sheets” for an overview).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orval_Hobart_Mowrer (1907-1982; equally interesting. Also lost his father at age 13, but his father died, didn’t abandon the family as Watson’s father did.

Orval Hobart Mowrer… was an American psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Illinois from 1948 to 1975 known for his research on behaviour therapy. Mowrer practiced psychotherapy in Champaign-Urbana and at Galesburg State Research Hospital.[when?][1] In 1954 Mowrer held the position of president of the American Psychological Association.[2] Mowrer founded Integrity Groups (therapeutic community groups based on principles of honesty, responsibility, and emotional involvement)[3] and was instrumental in establishing GROW groups in the United States.[4] A Review of General Psychology survey, published in 2002, ranked Mowrer as the 98th most cited psychologist of the 20th century.[5]


A year later [After his father died] he suffered the first in a series of major depressions which would recur throughout his life.[6] Nevertheless, he did well in high school and entered the University of Missouri in 1925. Having decided on psychology as a career, he became laboratory assistant to the university’s first and only psychology professor, Max Friedrich Meyer. Meyer had earned a PhD in physics before emigrating from Germany in the 1890s and was a rigorous behaviorist. Although Mowrer’s initial hope was that psychology would help him to understand himself and his own problems, he readily adapted to Meyer’s behavioral approach.[6]Mowrer began his college years as a conservative Christian, but lost his faith as he adopted progressive and scientific views prevalent in academia.[7]

(several links for common words removed above, Wiki has too many links…)

End of mini-section

ABCT.org:  Mini-Section on the History and some Founders of “Behavior Therapy,”  Patricia Resick background,  Casey Taft/StrengthAtHome.org background,  The ABA CSDV diverting Survivor/Victims but promoting a Single Psychology- (not Law-) Driven Service Provider

(but a little more on Patricia Resick’s operating context):

Wiki’s own link to another Wiki Page for VA Boston Healthcare system is flagged for quality issues, so  I looked it up and was reminded that these are U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (i.e., federal) sites. VA Boston Healthcare (VA.gov/boston-healthcare) shows three medical centers, five clinics and seven “Centers” in Massachusetts.

(This is the from VA Boston Healthcare website, accessed today, March 17, 2022):


We provide you with health care services at eight locations, serving Suffolk, Norfolk, Middlesex and Plymouth counties. Facilities include our Jamaica Plain VA Medical Center campus in Boston, the Brockton VA Medical Center campus, and West Roxbury VA Medical Center campus. We also have five community outpatient clinics in Boston, Framingham, Lowell, Plymouth and Quincy. To learn more about the services each location offers, visit the VA Boston health services page.

The VA Boston Healthcare System is one of the leading health care systems serving Veterans in the VA New England Healthcare System. We’re an innovative care center within the VA New England Healthcare System (VISN 1), which includes medical centers and clinics in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Learn more about VISN 1. (I see from its website I’d been on the menu sub-link “PTSD” before)…


The VA Boston Healthcare System has one of the largest and most active research programs in the VA. We conduct research to discover knowledge, develop VA scientists and health care leaders, and create innovations that advance health care for Veterans and the nation.

Learn more about our research programs.

{{and of course, “TEACHING and LEARNING” if you keep reading}}

After years at the Boston Area disseminating CPT systemwide in the VA Boston system, Patricia Resick went own to North Carolina / DUKE University Medical Center. Note that psychologists can become professors of “Psychiatry” (here “Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences” without being psychiatrists.)

In 2013, she moved to Duke University in Durham.[5] She is currently the Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center, and a member of the American Board of Professional Psychology.

End, “Patricia Resick” background for this post

The significance, it seemed to me, is the American BAR Association (“ABA”) so directly promoting the American PSYCHOLOGICAL Association (“APA.”)  The ABA and APA individually are already influential enough, I say.  Here, I just showed the ABA directly promoting (directing lawyer and those needing advice on providing better technical assistance and training on domestic violence and sexual assault to and victims in need of help away from APA-driven services, which “Evidence-based, relationship conflict prevention” is. This direction is not for services only, but helps the career paths and justifies the ongoing public grants and resources in the same direction.

The APA, already large, is  which is trying hard to get “equal status” through some of its journals.  This tendency is not just from ABA/APA alliances and mutuality, but also within the Social Science/Law fields (as I found in LawAndSociety.org, promoting global discourse among “Socio-Legal Scholars” with domestic violence experts also.

The ABA CDSV meanwhile gives real victims and real survivors (whose local, domestic violence nonprofit service providers and related lawyers or law professors so often talk and tell us about, even quote the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence^^ and cite so often to it on their resumes, you’d think it was a separate entity^^^) the “Go jump in a lake/Get a lawyer” treatment.

^^(now — when: after the “Me Too” movement? — The Domestic and Sexual Violence Commission)

^^^(“Entity Awareness” is another post in the pipeline, not that I haven’t pushed for this consistently throughout this blog, on my last post, and before that on my Pinned Tweet for a year and a half now)…

**”AdvertiseD” because today I can’t even find that banner within the ABA CSDV website, though it was there only a few days ago.  Either it moved or I don’t remember the exact path.  Meanwhile, there is a (nearer the top), dramatic visual (world map on a PPE mask) menu option ‘COVID-19 Resources for Communities‘ (I know I didn’t look there, because my interest had been overview — not specifically COVID-19 resources.

–>> You will read about another website, WingsForJustice.com.***

[***UPDATE:  I’ve taken WingsForJustice .com infor-mation to its own post… It was about 800 words. Left this summary here anyway.. It is another project, not just an easy 5,000-word post.//LGH March 19, 2022.]

..which I found (via Twitter) promoting the usual rhetoric and having looked up its financials — not too hard to find although not posted on the site, because it was registered in California, in 2016 — I realized from those details at the California Registry of Charitable Trusts (delinquent) “RRF” (registraion) filing that the nonprofit’s CEO, Wendi Miller, a mother who’d been taken under the wing (she had a news-making case) by Lundy Bancroft et al., had been shot to death, murdered in a strange situation (not by her ex) just days after an April, 2019, conference speaking out.

I don’t have (yet) access to that conference’s details, but did see at least two YouTube videos where Lundy Bancroft introduced her, and she passionately spoke about her loss of contact with children, with exhibits, and (predictably) repeated what she’d been told — the FamilyCourtReformists have been promoting this for at least a decade — “58,000 children a year” put into contact (usually the phrase “unsupervised contact”) with their abusive parent.

Not only does it seem this woman might have been set up by the Family Court Reformists (Mr. Bancroft and others involved) to go form a nonprofit and carry THEIR messages forth, but also to be in the process killed:  shot to death by what looks like a different situation entirely.  She’s gone now, but the website and the nonprofit still exploiting that, continue. Beyond that (and I’d like to post, but still have my limits (see above) in keeping up, solo — it seems that the man charged with her murder may have also been set up, and is possibly going to have a death sentence for a double-homicide he may not have committed.  They’re white, he’s black, and he was charged with this murder while already in custody for something else less drastic.

So I was processing that information while writing the post unpinning my Tweet, which posts recommends Look for those Form 990s (USA tax returns) and the Audited Financial Statements (in any country) and don’t be so distracted by all the photographs and entertaining, colorful websites.  In this field…

It’s taken me nearly 5,000 words to get TO the part where I’m going to bring in writing from the prior post. I expect the next section will be about, 3,000 to 4,000 words. Here it comes!

“The Morning After” (Publication):

Blogger Unhappy with Layout;

I took the Closing Section to a New Post. /LGH March 20, 2022.

This one, just now published:

Moms New To and Seeing Through #FamilyCourtReformists Rhetoric 2002-2022 Have Other Options.. [March 20, 2022].   (“-dVE”)

(Case-sensitive short-link ends “-dVE.”  Text moved about 3,300 words, total 5,500.  Concluding section from a March 7, then to March 19 post, now here.  Intense dissatisfaction with the state of yesterday’s post led to this one.


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March 19, 2022 at 4:07 pm

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