Myrna’s presentation was mainly to share a client’s voice through his emails to her about his enduring experience of contact with his children while they remained actively alienated in all their interactions with him. Myrna described her work, drawing on Linda Gottleib’s ideas of repositioning the alienated parent from victim to “reprogrammer” of his or her children. The very personal material can only be shared partly here. Click here for Myrna’s trimmed down paper. Myrna Gower is a systemic family psychotherapist with many years of experience in clinical practice, teaching and consultancy. After completion of her Doctoral Research on Parenting Adult Children, Nick Child introduced her to Amy Baker’s research with adult children and parental alienation. This led to her close participation in SSoPA using the group for ongoing consultation on clinical cases. In her position as an honorary research fellow at Royal Holloway University of London and on being invited by Anna Gupta to begin formative research and writing on parental alienation, a larger study is now anticipated.
Myrna Gower: A Thousand Tiny Poisonous Needles