Los Angeles, CA. Nov. 14-16, 2014
Posed by Maria Mangicaro
The ISEPP 2013 conference takes place Nov. 1-3 in Greensboro, N.C. Our conferences are an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about evidence-based treatment options from leading experts, experienced professionals and concerned mental health advocates.
This year’s conference is child-centered and conference organizers look forward to the participants helping to move children’s mental health towards best practice standards of care.
He has written eleven best-selling parenting books and is one of America’s busiest and most popular speakers. John is known for his sound advice, humor and easy, relaxed, engaging style.
His talk will be on:
How the “Experts” Ruined Parenting in America
In the 1960s, as America underwent a culture-wide paradigm shift, one that replaced tradition with progressivism, American parents stopped listening to and seeking child-rearing advice from their elders and began consuming the advice of professionals—pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and the like. Ever since, every single marker of positive mental health in America’s children has been in precipitous decline. Every indicator points to the conclusion that today’s children are not nearly as happy, on average, as children of the 1950s, the first decade for which we have statistical measures of child mental health and the last decade during which traditional child rearing (the term “parenting” is a new term to suit the nouveau) was ubiquitously practiced.
Family psychologist and author John Rosemond asserts that America has been in the throes of an ever-deepening child-rearing crisis since the early 1970s, and that this crisis was brought on by what he terms Postmodern Psychological Parenting, a collection of oft-conflicting theories and methodologies cut from the whole cloth of professional speculation and invention.
Today’s parents are befuddled to the point of paralysis when it comes to the simple task of raising children, and well they should be. On September 6, 2007, Amazon.com listed 83,682 books in the category “parenting.” That’s nearly twice the number listed in September 2006. If these books were an inch thick on average and were stacked one atop another, the resulting stack would be nearly four times the height of the Freedom Tower currently being built where once stood the World Trade Center. Rosemond calls this imaginative construction the “Tower of Parent-Babble” and notes that as was the case with the Tower of Babel, the result has been mass confusion. Without a doubt, today’s parents are the most anxious, stressed, frustrated, bewildered, and guilt-ridden generation of parents to ever inhabit any culture at any time in history, and the future holds no sign of relief.
Rosemond will expose the intellectual vacuum at the heart of Postmodern Psychological Parenting and elucidate how professional advice has created numerous difficulties in child rearing and solved absolutely none. From breakfast to bedtime, all too many of today’s parents are dealing with one parenting problem after another, the supreme irony being that they continue turning for advice to the same professionals whose advice created the problems in question! And so, America’s parenting culture continues to spiral downward.