A large group of mental health professionals, legal professionals, and other individuals have submitted formal proposals to have the concept of parental alienation included in the next editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). A formal proposal was submitted to DSM-V personnel in August 2008. A larger and more detailed formal proposal was submitted to DSM-V and ICD-11 personnel in November 2009. The authors of the 2009 proposal represent eleven countries. If you want to be involved in this project place contact the ICD-11 and DSM-V persons above with your experiences with parental alienation and include your opinion about the inclusion of parental alienation in DSM-V.
A few days ago William Bernet, M.D., the lead author of the DSM-V proposal for Parent Alienation Disorder sent hard copies of the proposal to the leadership at DSM-V (Dr. Kupfer, Dr. Regier, and Dr. Pine) and also our contact at ICD-11 (Dr. Reed).
The address for DSM-V person is:
David J. Kupfer, M.D.
Western Psychiatric Institute 3811 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
The addresses for the ICD-11 person is:
Geoffrey M. Reed, Ph.D. Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD/MER) World Health Organization 20, avenue Appia CH-1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland
Dr. Bernet has been distributing this information to anyone who might be interested in contacting DSM and ICD leaders or staff. Now that we have submitted the formal proposal to both DSM and ICD, it is the time to encourage members of the general public to contact these individuals with their stories and their petitions that parental alienation be included in DSM and ICD. This document is being forwarded to all people who might send a letter to these doctors.
If each of us can influence only a few people, there will be hundreds of letters sent to DSM and ICD. It would be great to flood DSM and ICD with information about this important topic, which makes it more likely they will take this proposal seriously.
Principal author of Parental Alienation, DSM-V, and ICD-11 are: William Bernet, M.D. Contributing authors: José M. Aguilar, Ph.D. (Spain), Katherine Andre, Ph.D., Mila Arch Marin, Ph.D. (Spain), Eduard Bakalář, C.Sc. (Czech Republic), Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D., Paul Bensussan, M.D. (France), Alice C. Bernet, M.S.N., Kristin Bernet, M.L.I.S., Barry S. Bien, L.L.B., Wilfrid von Boch-Galhau, M.D. (Germany), J. Michael Bone, Ph.D., Barry Bricklin, Ph.D., Andrew J. Chambers, J.D., Arantxa Coca Vila (Spain), Gagan Dhaliwal, M.D., Benoit van Dieren, Ph.D. (Belgium), Christian T. Dum, Ph.D. (Germany), John E. Dunne, M.D., Robert A. Evans, Ph.D., Robert Bruce Fane, Ed.D., Bradley W. Freeman, M.D., Prof. Guglielmo Gulotta (Italy), Anja Hannuniemi, LL.Lic. (Finland), Lena Hellblom Sjögren, Ph.D. (Sweden), Larry Hellmann, J.D., Steve Herman, Ph.D., Adolfo Jarne Esparcia, Ph.D. (Spain), Allan M. Josephson, M.D., Joseph Kenan, M.D., Ursula Kodjoe, M.A. (Germany), Douglas A. Kramer, M.D., M.S., Ken Lewis, Ph.D., Moira Liberatore, Psy.D. (Italy), Demosthenes Lorandos, Ph.D., J.D., Ludwig F. Lowenstein, Ph.D. (United Kingdom), Domènec Luengo Ballester, Ph.D. (Spain), Jayne A. Major, Ph.D., Eric G. Mart, Ph.D., Kim Masters, M.D., David McMillan, Ph.D., John E. Meeks, M.D., Steven G. Miller, M.D., Martha J. Morelock, Ph.D., Stephen L. Morrison, Ph.D., Wade Myers, M.D., Olga Odinetz, Ph.D. (France), Jeff Opperman, S. Richard Sauber, Ph.D., Thomas E. Schacht, Psy.D., Jesse Shaver, Ph.D., M.D., Bela Sood, M.D., Richard K. Stephens, Julie Lounds Taylor, Ph.D., Asunción Tejedor Huerta, Ph.D. (Spain), Hubert Van Gijseghem, Ph.D. (Canada), James S. Walker, Ph.D., Randy Warren, J.D., Monty N. Weinstein, Psy.D., Katie Wilson, M.D., and Abe Worenklein, Ph.D. (Canada).