“Parental Alienation” & Navigating Child Protection
This course is intended for professionals who are interested in learning more about “parental alienation” and the devastating impact on families. We also share how to recognize when a specially trained expert is required, and what credentials to look for in that expert.
Finally, we explore what “solutions” are available to families now, what their pitfalls are, and what needs to change to protect the children’s best interests in families with this dynamic before long-term irreversible harm is done.
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MODULE 1: WHAT IS “PARENTAL ALIENATION”?
Introduction to the term “parental alienation”, the controversy associated with it, and how it relates to intimate partner violence (IPV), psychological abuse, and attachment.
Finally, we pull back the veil and look closely at what happens behind closed doors, how parents influence their children using verbal and non-verbal cues, why children vehemently assert they are making their own decisions, and how suggestibility and false memories make the children so believable.
MODULE 2: THE EXPERIENCE OF FAMILY TRAUMA
Discover why alienating parents influence their children to reject the other parent, and that “parental alienation” is really a form of trans-generational trauma. Learn how trauma re-enactment, splitting, pathological enmeshment and trauma bonding come into play.
Finally, look at the long-term impacts on parents when rejected by a child, the risks and effects of cPTSD, and how alienated parents and children get stuck in the grieving cycle without being able to fully heal.
MODULE 3: HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF “PARENTAL ALIENATION”
Learn how to recognize the signs that a child is being influenced to reject a parent versus being justifiably estranged. Also discover the 4-factor model for identifying alienation in families, scale of severity, typical age that children cut-off emotionally from one parent and why. Finally, we will review an example of what “parental alienation” can look like, and the unfortunate result in extreme cases.
MODULE 4: PATHWAYS TO SOLVING A FAMILY CRISIS
Familiarize yourself with the standard processes that alienated parents have to use in seeking help, and their pitfalls. Discover options for repairing disrupted parent-child bonds, and the importance of being proactive in helping these families.
We will also cover what methods of therapy exacerbate the child’s rejection of a parent, the importance of collaboration between professionals, and when temporary protective separation and supervised visitation for the alienating parent is appropriate.
Finally, we will propose what needs to change, and how child protection services can work within the existing system to help protect the best interests of children trapped within the conflict of their parents’ divorce.