Some Suggested Questions For Qualifying Or Challenging “MSBP Expert”


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SOME SUGGESTED QUESTIONS  FOR QUALIFYING  OR CHALLENGING  “EXPERT” QUALIFICATIONS

(Also Useful in Selecting an Expert)

Note: Expertise with regard to “child or adult maltreatment (abuse/neglect) through deliberate ‘problem’ falsification” – including labels such as Munchausen by Proxy, AKA Factitious Disorder by Proxy – does not exist merely by virtue of being a physical, mental health, investigative, or other kind of professional.  It is necessary to have solid knowledge and experience specific to this subject area – which is very specialized in many ways. It also should be noted than an expert with regard to Factitious Disorder, including Munchausen Syndrome,  is not necessarily an expert regarding this kind of abuse/neglect – and vice versa. Remember – MBP Maltreatment, for example, is listed under the term “Factitious Disorder by Proxy” in DSM-IV only as a suggestion for further study – not as a formal mental health diagnosis. This kind of maltreatment  is not a mental health diagnosis – but it is a recognized form of child or adult abuse/neglect manifesting as physical abuse and/or emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse and/or various kinds of  neglect – and is label for a particular pattern of behavior..

1.  Do you consider yourself to be an expert regarding child or adult maltreatment (abuse/neglect) through deliberate ‘problem’ falsification” – for example Munchausen by Proxy AKA Factitious Disorder by Proxy?

2.   What is your formal education specific to Munchausen by Proxy AKA Factitious Disorder by Proxy or related child abuse/neglect ?  How many hours of formal education would you estimate you have received specific to this area?  Where did you obtain the education?  Who presented the information?  When is the last time you received education/training in this area?  What aspects did any of this formal training cover?  Investigation?  Confirming or non confirming?  Case planning?  Case management?  Get the specifics.

3.   What is your informal education specific to Munchausen by Proxy AKA Factitious Disorder by Proxy or related kinds of abuse/neglect?   (examples of specific articles and books read etc. – and who was the author of each?)  What is the last article or book you have read regarding this subject area?  What aspects did any of this informal training cover?  Investigation?  Confirming or non confirming?  Case planning?  Case management?  Get the specifics

4.  What articles or books have you submitted and/or published specific to Munchausen by Proxy?  What aspects      of Munchausen by Proxy were included in each?  What aspects were covered?  Investigation?  Confirming or non confirming?  Case planning?  Case management?  Get the specifics

5.   What educational programs have you designed specific to this subject area?  What aspects were covered?  Investigation?  Confirming or non confirming?  Case planning?  Case management?  Get the specifics.

6.   What educational programs have you presented specific to this subject area?  What aspects  were included? What aspects did any of this formal training cover?  Investigation?  Confirming or non confirming?  Case planning?  Case management?  Get the specifics

7.   In how many suspected or confirmed  child or adult maltreatment cases of this kind have you been involved? What was your specific role in each?   At what point did you become involved?  At what point did your involvement end?

8.  Do you have a working  knowledge in general investigative techniques?  (not therapy or therapeutic assessment),.

9.  Would you agree that this kind of child or adult abuse/neglect manifests as physical abuse and/or sexual abuse and/or emotional abuse and/or various kinds of neglect?  Why or why not?  Explain.

10.  Do you have a working knowledge of physical abuse investigation?  Emotional abuse?  Sexual abuse?  Various kinds  of neglect?  (not therapy or therapeutic assessment).

11.   What is the definition of Munchausen by Proxy AKA Factitious Disorder by Proxy?  What is Malingering by Proxy?

12.  What is the criteria you use in confirming or non confirming Munchausen by Proxy AKA Factitious Disorder by Proxy?

13.  What specific methodology should be used I in determining whether the criteria for MBP/FDP is met?

14.  Name a few internationally recognized experts in this subject area.

15.  If the term “Pediatric Condition Falsification (PCF)” is being used or has been mentioned

…..What is Pediatric Condition Falsification (PCF)?

…..Is there a difference in meaning of terms between PCF and MBP/AKA FDP?

…..Is there any difference in concept or criteria between PCF AKA FDP?

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