Parental alienation: understanding, assessment, intervention (BPS approved)
This BPS approved workshop is suitable for professionals who work with children and families, particularly those who work with the repercussions of family breakdown.
Further details and registration here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/parental-alienation-understanding-assessment-intervention-bps-approved-registration-37789717061
Parental alienation is now globally recognised as a significant issue requiring clinical attention. In the UK both Sarah Parsons, principal social worker and assistant director of Cafcass, and Cafcass CEO, Sir Anthony Douglas, have recognised parental alienation as a form of child abuse and an area of concern in relation to cases before the family court. Short term and lifelong mental health issues, and difficulties with social and intimate relationships, are a feature of most cases of alienation.
Parental alienation refers to a child’s rejection of, or resistance to, a parent, and often that parent’s family and friends. The rejection seems unwarranted based on the child’s actual experience of their parent. This is most usually accompanied by an intense alignment with the other parent. Alienation most usually occurs alongside high conflict or acrimonious family breakdown. Although the symptoms may be apparent in the child, alienation is a systemic issue and requires a tailored systemic response based on a thorough, holistic assessment and formulation of each case.
The aims of this workshop are:
- To provide a grounding in the theoretical models, global research, assessment protocols and evidence based interventions relevant to parental alienation
- To enable identification of risk factors and alienating behaviours in children, carers and families
- To consider differentiation between justifiable estrangement and parental alienation
- Formulation for parental alienation
- Intervention plans for alienation incorporating multi-disciplinary approaches and working within a judicial framework.
About the host
Dr Sue Whitcombe is a HCPC registered counselling psychologist and founder of Family Psychology Solutions, a social enterprise working with high conflict and complex family breakdown. She provides therapeutic support and intervention, and services for professionals including consultation, training, clinical supervision and assessments for Court.