Family & Relationships


The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals

Author: Demosthenes Lorandos,William Bernet,S. Richard Sauber

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 0398087504

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 1053

View: 6415

Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals is the essential “how to” manual in this important and ever increasing area of behavioral science and law. Busy mental health professionals need a reference guide to aid them in developing data sources to support their positions in reports and testimony. They also need to know where to go to find the latest material on a topic. Having this material within arm’s reach will avoid lengthy and time-consuming online research. For legal professionals who must ground their arguments in well thought out motions and repeated citations to case precedent, ready access to state or province specific legal citations spanning thirty-five years of parental alienation cases is provided here for the first time in one place. • Over 1000 Bibliographic Entries• 500 Cases Examined• 25 Sample Motions in MS Word Format* *Note: The eBook version contains the additional supplemental materials in PDF format only. It does not contain the MS Word formatted sample motions.

The International Handbook of Parental Alienation Syndrome

Conceptual, Clinical and Legal Considerations

Author: Richard A. Gardner,S. Richard Sauber,Demosthenes Lorandos

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 0398076472

Category: Psychology

Page: 458

View: 3834

The dramatic increase in the number of child-custody disputes since the seventies has created an equally dramatic need for a standard reference work that examines the growing social problem of children who develop an irrational hatred for a parent as the result of divorce. The International Handbook of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Conceptual, Clinical, and Legal Considerations features clinical, legal, and research perspectives from 32 contributors representing eight countries, building on the work of the late Dr. Richard Gardner, a pioneer in the theory, practice, diagnosis, and treatment of Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS). This unique book addresses the effects of PAS on parents and children, discusses issues surrounding reconciliation between parent and alienated child, and includes material published for the first time on incidence, gender, and false allegations of abuse in PAS. Content highlights examines PAS and the roles of family members, the criminal justice system, and the need for public awareness and policymakers to respond to PAS. Descriptive statistics on 84 cases are given, and the factors affecting reconciliation between the child and target parent are listed. The mild, moderate, and severe categories of PAS are explored, and the psychological consequences of PAS indoctrination for adult children of divorce and the effects of alienation on parents are researched. The role of medical reports in the development of PAS, sexual abuse allegations, and future predictions on the fate of PAS children are many of the clinical considerations in this book. The legal issues concern PAS in American law, criticisms of PAS in courts of law, protecting the fundamental rights of children in families, family law reform, International PAS abductions, and the legal requirements of experts giving evidence to courts. The impact and implications of PAS are immense, and no other single source provides the depth and breadth of coverage of the topic than the clinical and forensic chapters in this book.

Parental Alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11

Author: William Bernet

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 0398079455

Category: Psychology

Page: 240

View: 6710

Parental alienation is an important phenomenon that mental health professionals should know about and thoroughly understand, especially those who work with children, adolescents, divorced adults, and adults whose parents divorced when they were children. In this book, the authors define parental alienation as a mental condition in which a child - usually one whose parents are engaged in a high- conflict divorce - allies himself or herself strongly with one parent (the preferred parent) and rejects a relationship with the other parent (the alienated parent) without legitimate justification. This process leads to a tragic outcome when the child and the alienated parent, who previously had a loving and mutually satisfying relationship, lose the nurture and joy of that relationship for many years and perhaps for their lifetimes. We estimate that 1 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S. experience parental alienation. When the phenomenon is properly recognized, this condition is preventable and treatable in many instances. The authors of this book believe that parental alienation is not simply a minor aberration in the life of a family, but a serious mental condition. Because of the false belief that the alienated parent is a dangerous or unworthy person, the child loses one of the most important relationships in his or her life. This book contains much information about the validity, reliability, and prevalence of parental alienation. It also includes a comprehensive international bibliography regarding parental alienation with more than 600 citations. In order to bring life to the definitions and the technical writing, several short clinical vignettes have been included. These vignettes are based on actual families and real events, but have been modified to protect the privacy of both the parents and children.

Children Who Resist Post-Separation Parental Contact

A Differential Approach for Legal and Mental Health Professionals

Author: Barbara Jo Fidler,Nicholas Bala,Michael A. Saini

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019989549X

Category: Psychology

Page: 299

View: 930

Interest in the problem of children who resist contact with or become alienated from a parent after separation or divorce is growing, due in part to parents' increasing frustrations with the apparent ineffectiveness of the legal system in handling these unique cases. There is a need for legal and mental health professionals to improve their understanding of, and response to, this polarizing social dynamic. Children Who Resist Post-Separation Parental Contact is a critical, empirically based review of parental alienation that integrates the best research evidence with clinical insight from interviews with leading scholars and practitioners. The authors - Fidler, Bala, and Saini - a psychologist, a lawyer and a social worker, are an multidisciplinary team who draw upon the growing body of mental health and legal literature to summarize the historical development and controversies surrounding the concept of "alienation" and explain the causes, dynamics, and differentiation of various types of parent-child relationship issues. The authors review research on prevalence, risk factors, indicators, assessment, and measurement to form a conceptual integration of multiple factors relevant to the etiology and maintenance of the problem of strained parent-child relationships. A differential approach to assessment and intervention is provided. Children's rights, the role of their wishes and preferences in legal proceedings, and the short- and long-term impact of parental alienation are also discussed. Considering legal, clinical, prevention, and intervention strategies, and concluding with recommendations for practice, research, and policy, this book is a much-needed resource for mental health professionals, judges, family lawyers, child protection workers, mediators, and others who work with families dealing with divorce, separation, and child custody issues.

Child custody litigation

a guide for parents and mental health professionals

Author: Richard A. Gardner

Publisher: N.A


Category: Law

Page: 385

View: 9377

The book discusses the psychodynamic processes by which prolonged child custody litigation causes psychological damage to both children and their parents, the alternative methods for resolving custody conflicts, mediation, psychotherapeutic approaches of the treatment of children and parents who have been traumatized by protracted custody litigation and proposals for change in the legal system.
Family & Relationships

Divorce Casualties

Protecting Your Children from Parental Alienation

Author: Douglas Darnall

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0878332081

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 269

View: 7527

Details the effects of divorce on children and offers techniques for understanding the effects of alienation

Working with Alienated Children and Families

A Clinical Guidebook

Author: Amy J. L. Baker,S. Richard Sauber

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415518032

Category: Psychology

Page: 277

View: 917

This edited volume is written by and for mental health professionals who work directly with alienated children and their parents. The chapters are written by leaders in the field, all of whom know how vexing parental alienation can be for mental health professionals. No matter how the professional intersects with families affected by alienation, be it through individual treatment, reunification therapy, a school setting, or support groups, he or she needs to consider how to make proper assessments, how to guard against bias, and when and how to involve the court system, among other challenges. The cutting edge clinical interventions presented in this book will help professionals answer these questions and help them to help their clients. The authors present a range of clinical options such as parent education, psycho-educational programs for children, and reunification programs for children and parents that make this volume a useful reference and practical guide.

The Art and Science of Child Custody Evaluations

Author: Jonathan W. Gould,David A. Martindale

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 1593854889

Category: Psychology

Page: 450

View: 9291

This book presents the latest data-based approaches to understanding and assessing relevant child, parent and family factors in child custody evaluation.


A Family Therapy and Collaborative Systems Approach to Amelioration

Author: Linda J. Gottlieb

Publisher: Charles C Thomas Publisher

ISBN: 0398087377

Category: Medical

Page: 302

View: 495

In this thought-provoking book, Ms. Gottlieb attempts to resolve the controversies surrounding Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) by providing substantial empirical evidence from her treatment cases in support of the eight symptoms which child psychiatrist, Richard Gardner, had identified as occurring in the PAS child, and she further exemplifies the commonality of the alienating maneuvers among the alienating parents. The author redefines the typically-held characterization of the parents’ relationship as portrayed in the pertinent literature and accepted by most PAS-aware professionals. Numerous case examples are explored: horrific tales of manufactured child abuse; referrals to child protective services (CPS) resulting in suspension of visits between targeted parents and their children; meritless reports to police alleging domestic violence in support of orders of protection which slander and stigmatize targeted parents; exclusionary tactics preventing targeted parents’ involvement in their children’s medical, educational, social lives and activities; and depletion of targeted parents’ resources due to legal fees required to defend himself/herself and to obtain judicial enforcement of parental rights. Ms. Gottlieb methodically documents that PAS is a form of emotional child abuse of the severest kind. The author provides an unprecedented number of treatment summaries, which demonstrate the effectiveness of structural family therapy in treating the PAS family. To further elucidate the subject, the author interviewed several matrimonial attorneys, Law Guardians, and forensic evaluators regarding their experiences with PAS, and she incorporated their thoughts into her recommendations as to how the mental health and judicial communities should resolve this situation in the best interests of the child. “New Rules” are suggested which encourage a collaborative rather than an adversarial approach to child custody. This book will be an excellent resource for parents who are divorcing or are in conflict, for adult-child victims of PAS, for mature children of divorcing parents, for judges, for Law Guardians, for matrimonial attorneys, for therapists, for child protective personnel, for law enforcement----and for the professional rescuer who believes that a child must be saved from a parent.
Biography & Autobiography

Parent Deleted

A Mother's Fight for Her Right to Parent

Author: Michelle Darné

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 1631522833

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 9038

An acclaimed spokesperson for equality at the helm of And Baby, a pioneer magazine, radio show, and TV series on alternative parenting, Michelle Darné found herself at once callously erased from the lives of her children and silenced by the law. Parent Deleted is a gripping tale of one non-biological, lesbian mother’s fight for her children—an intimate, infuriating, and infectious story of perseverance, sacrifice, and hope in the face of debilitating adversity. And it is a courageous, disturbing, and necessary exposé of a likely emergent social justice frontier: the rights of all children to be with their parents, whether they are biologically linked, straight, gay, prepared or knocked up, perfect spouses or fallible ones.
Family & Relationships

Children held hostage

dealing with programmed and brainwashed children

Author: Stanley S. Clawar,Brynne Valerie Rivlin,American Bar Association. Section of Family Law

Publisher: Family Law Aba


Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 197

View: 6898

This is the first book to provide objective methods for establishing that a child has been brainwashed by one parent against another. It is based on a ten-year study of 700 cases in the authors' counseling and evaluative work with children of divorced couples.

The Parental Alienation Syndrome

A Guide for Mental Health and Legal Professionals

Author: Richard A. Gardner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780933812420

Category: Psychology

Page: 440

View: 9458


Family Evaluation in Custody Litigation

Promoting Optimal Outcomes and Reducing Ethical Risks

Author: G. Andrew H. Benjamin,Connie J. Beck,Morgan Shaw,Robert Geffner

Publisher: Law and Public Policy/Psycholo

ISBN: 9781433828317

Category: Law

Page: 272

View: 4205

First edition has subtitle: "reducing risks of ethical infractions and malpractice"
Family & Relationships

Bonded to the Abuser

How Victims Make Sense of Childhood Abuse

Author: Amy J. L. Baker,Mel Schneiderman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442236884

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 204

View: 1346

Tens of thousands of children are removed from home each year due to some form of child maltreatment, usually physical neglect, physical abuse, or sexual abuse, although sometimes for emotional abuse as well. An additional significant number of children are victims of child maltreatment but remain in their home. Extensive research reveals the far reaching and long lasting negative impact of maltreatment on child victims, including on their physical, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. One particularly troubling and complicated aspect is how the child victim forms (and maintains) a “traumatic bond” with his abuser, even becoming protective and defensive of that person despite the pain and suffering they have caused. This book will provide the reader with the essential experience of understanding how children make meaning of being maltreated by a parent, and how these traumatic bonds form and last. Through an examination of published memoirs of abuse, the authors analyze and reveal the commonalities in the stories to uncover the ways in which adult victims of childhood abuse understand and digest the traumatic experiences of their childhoods. This understanding can inform interventions and treatments designed for this vulnerable population and can help family and friends of victims understand more fully the maltreatment experience “from the inside out.”
Children of divorced parents

Parents Acting Badly

How Institutions and Societies Promote the Alienation of Children from Their Loving Families

Author: Jennifer Jill Harman,Zeynep Biringen, Ph.d.

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781519675521

Category: Children of divorced parents

Page: 246

View: 5467

Parental alienation affects as many as 22 million intact, separated, and divorced families in the U.S., and millions more worldwide. It is associated with severe trauma across multiple generations, including the destruction of healthy parent-child relationships, the larger family system, and social networks. Despite the sheer number of families and communities affected by this problem, many people (including professionals) either do not know what it is, actively deny its existence if they have heard of it, or passively serve as bystanders while children become increasingly alienated from loving and adequate families. In Parents Acting Badly, Drs. Jennifer Jill Harman and Zeynep Biringen provide a thorough analysis of how and why this family dynamic can insidiously gain momentum over the years, and how parenting stereotypes, gender inequality, and social institutions (such as family courts) all sanction and even promote the problem. Parents Acting Badly represents a paradigm shift in thinking about parental alienation-from a private issue to a public concern. The authors suggest new approaches to addressing this controversial problem that encompasses individual change, as well as social and institutional reforms. The understanding and prevention of parental alienation can help families, societies, and institutions protect the best interests of the child.

Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems

Family-Based Interventions for Resistance, Rejection, and Alienation

Author: Abigail M. Judge,Robin M. Deutsch,Director Center of Excellence for Children Families and the Law Robin M Deutsch

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190235209


Page: 336

View: 9795

In recent years there has been heightened interest in the clinical and legal management of families in which children resist contact with one parent and become aligned with the other following divorce. Families affected by these dynamics require disproportionate resources and time from mental health and legal professionals, and cases require a specialized clinical approach. Traditional models of individual and family therapy are not designed to address these issues, and strategies and resources for mental health and legal professionals have been extremely limited. Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems describes interventions for families experiencing a high conflict divorce impasse where a child is resisting contact with a parent. It examines in detail one such intervention, the Overcoming Barriers approach, involving the entire family and combining psycho-education and clinical intervention. The book is divided into two parts: Part I presents an overview of parental alienation, including clinical approaches and a critical analysis of the many challenges associated with traditional outpatient family-based interventions. Part II presents the Overcoming Barriers approach, describing core aspects of the intervention and ways to adapt its clinical techniques to outpatient practice. Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems is geared toward mental health clinicians and legal professionals who work with families in high conflict and where a child resists visitation with a parent.
Family & Relationships

Abuse & Betrayal

The Cautionary True Story of Divorce, Mistakes, Lies and Legal Abuse

Author: Richard Joseph

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781494845940

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 180

View: 8063

Abuse & Betrayal is author Richard Joseph's deeply personal autobiographical account of his experiences with marriage, divorce, and the effects of his ex-wife's behavior. Sure to strike a chord with anyone who has ever been in a dysfunctional relationship or divorce situation, it follows the couple from happy beginnings to their tumultuous divorce, and describes the abuse and alienation Richard faced during and after the marriage. Richard's narration touches upon sensitive topics such as the emergence of his ex-wife's narcissistic personality, her obsession with status, and the inappropriate behavior she exhibited. But the most raw and exposed of his passages are those dedicated to describing his ex-wife's attempts at alienating him from his daughters, which makes Abuse & Betrayal a story not just about Richard's divorce, but also about his feelings and efforts toward parenting and fatherhood. Filling a void in the media market, Abuse & Betrayal delivers a story uniquely told from the male perspective and draws attention to important issues that too often get swept under the rug. Through Richard's encounters with lawyers, the courts, and prison, it raises questions about the fairness of the divorce process in our country and speaks to the biases in the legal and judicial systems.

Parental Alienation, Attachment and Corrupt Law

Author: Stuart Hontree

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781979487221


Page: 622

View: 2227

Parental alienation is when one parent needlessly programs a child to reject the other parent, and often other members of the family. Alienation can happen in any family, very quickly and without warning, severely disrupting children's development and their lifelong mental health. Children subjected to these specific forms of pathological parenting and psychological control can become brainwashed, induced with delusions and so enmeshed with an alienator that only protective separation will enable them to quickly regain a normal mental health profile. Effective interventions are, however, denied by professionals and courts. Instead, parents, grandparents and wider family members can be legitimately ostracised from children overnight by alienators, often with the active collaboration of several agencies of state, not least social workers and family judges. Stuart Hontree (a pseudonym) details the risks involved with private family courts and how they often ruin or sever biological and family connections. He collates the principles of psychology and medical experts with how family courts deal with, and contribute to, the growing problem of parental alienation. The literature of leading clinical, forensic and psychotherapeutic experts who form the foundations for best practice is then compared to the normal practices of the UK family courts that 'deal' with parental alienation. The results are shocking. The neurology of the human attachment system that drives us to form intimate bonds is explained, and how its disruption and manipulation by alienators destroys childhoods and wider families. The book is full of advice on how to spot the warning signs, typical alienation strategies, and how to try to insulate children against the risky effects. There are survival tips for targeted parents and a crash-course in the relevant law. Attachment science is, however, ignored by the court's child professionals, enabling their construction of an alternative reality where anything and everything goes, producing inconsistent perspectives and decisions regardless of the law, case facts, science or the likely outcome for a child. Any professionals' ill-informed or morally disengaged opinion, mistake, abuse or obscenity can be retrospectively smoothed over in a secret court, simply by manipulating language and 'judging' it was done 'in a child's best interests.' Dozens of real cases and judgments are analysed through a clinical and forensic lens. The conduct and reasoning of family court professionals in secret courts is scrutinised. The institutions and behaviours of the family court, judiciary, social and legal professions, and the civil service, are evaluated within the models of organisational and corruption research. The conclusion drawn from the consistent evidence from the cases monitored is that, instead of using or developing informed processes and reasoning, these institutions abuse the secrecy of the courts to engage in covert political and corporate activism, failing in their duty to protect children, often misusing their authority and veil from public view to inflict and cover up the damage of inadequate, inimical and sometimes wholly corrupt processes on families. The book also shows how sincere attempts by Parliament to reform family courts are persistently scuppered by the civil service, court agencies and the judiciary, so no positive changes designed to help vulnerable or alienated children are ever implemented.

A Comprehensive Guide to Child Custody Evaluations: Mental Health and Legal Perspectives

Author: Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 038771894X

Category: Psychology

Page: 702

View: 3297

Whether assessing general family functioning or specific areas of conflict, professionals preparing child custody evaluations require sound knowledge of three interrelated fields: up-to-date legal issues, psychological findings, and forensic procedures. This book covers these three essential areas to walk readers through the evaluation process clearly and concisely. It further provides a unique combination of legal guidelines with social science research.