Category Archives: The Big Picture

Headings that don’t fit elsewhere.

When Alienation is solved it’s still a problem

Dr Sue Whitcombe, counselling psychologist at Family Psychology Solutions, gives us this case scenario. It’s unusual because you’d think the problem’s been solved. But the solution has ushered in another problem, just as awful. Sue’s original title was: A question of competence? Mental

When Alienation is solved it’s still a problem

Dr Sue Whitcombe, counselling psychologist at Family Psychology Solutions, gives us this case scenario. It’s unusual because you’d think the problem’s been solved. But the solution has ushered in another problem, just as awful. Sue’s original title was: A question of competence? Mental

Briefly, what to do when Parental Alienation gets you

Welcome to the launch of the new Open Minds Foundation website! And, first of all, could you please check and advise on this new very brief guide there: WHAT TO DO ABOUT PARENTAL ALIENATION … as an excluded parent, as an alienated child, and as

Briefly, what to do when Parental Alienation gets you

Welcome to the launch of the new Open Minds Foundation website! And, first of all, could you please check and advise on this new very brief guide there: WHAT TO DO ABOUT PARENTAL ALIENATION … as an excluded parent, as an alienated child, and as

Dismissing alienation: The confessions of a maverick

Now all is revealed!  Through my TEDx talk for University of Edinburgh’s inspiring TEDx team and their ‘It starts with passion’ conference, here’s Nick Child in the flesh and talking about my life and career and major lessons and mistakes – all in

Dismissing alienation: The confessions of a maverick

Now all is revealed!  Through my TEDx talk for University of Edinburgh’s inspiring TEDx team and their ‘It starts with passion’ conference, here’s Nick Child in the flesh and talking about my life and career and major lessons and mistakes – all in

Amy Baker’s original: Comparing cults and Parental Alienation

Let’s continue to tap into the benefits of taking a broad perspective on all kinds of harmful coercive patterns. Many of those who work with Parental Alienation in families owe a great debt to Amy JL Baker’s research and book: Adult Children of

Amy Baker’s original: Comparing cults and Parental Alienation

Let’s continue to tap into the benefits of taking a broad perspective on all kinds of harmful coercive patterns. Many of those who work with Parental Alienation in families owe a great debt to Amy JL Baker’s research and book: Adult Children of

Lifting the lid off Lifton’s list matches harmful coercion in families and cults

Here we like teaming up coercive patterns in families (e.g. domestic abuse, parental alienation) with those outside families (e.g. cults, terrorism, scams). All of them are an alienation experience. Teaming up means we can campaign more powerfully. At first sight, Robert Lifton’s list

Lifting the lid off Lifton’s list matches harmful coercion in families and cults

Here we like teaming up coercive patterns in families (e.g. domestic abuse, parental alienation) with those outside families (e.g. cults, terrorism, scams). All of them are an alienation experience. Teaming up means we can campaign more powerfully. At first sight, Robert Lifton’s list

The BBC delivers: Parental Alienation on mainstream media

Just when you weren’t expecting it, Victoria Derbyshire and Mike Cowan, the hard working reporter, have come up trumps. (No, not that Trump … the pack of cards kind!) On Victoria’s eponymous daily TV news magazine on BBC2 this week (21st Nov 2016), they

The BBC delivers: Parental Alienation on mainstream media

Just when you weren’t expecting it, Victoria Derbyshire and Mike Cowan, the hard working reporter, have come up trumps. (No, not that Trump … the pack of cards kind!) On Victoria’s eponymous daily TV news magazine on BBC2 this week (21st Nov 2016), they

The use and abuse of spooking and phobias

Anxiety is useful. Essential in fact. It’s our radar. It gets us thinking about risks and challenges. It guides us around danger. So don’t get rid of anxiety before you check what it’s telling you. We can be braver when we have

The use and abuse of spooking and phobias

Anxiety is useful. Essential in fact. It’s our radar. It gets us thinking about risks and challenges. It guides us around danger. So don’t get rid of anxiety before you check what it’s telling you. We can be braver when we have

Prisons: where families, alienation and cults meet up

This is a blog-post of two halves. Guest blogger, David Shubert, joins up with yours truly, Nick Child. David’s ideas on prisons chimed in with mine on connecting up coercive patterns aka Undue Influence. But then I realised I’d have to

Prisons: where families, alienation and cults meet up

This is a blog-post of two halves. Guest blogger, David Shubert, joins up with yours truly, Nick Child. David’s ideas on prisons chimed in with mine on connecting up coercive patterns aka Undue Influence. But then I realised I’d have to

When someone you love is in a coercive situation

This is a re-blog with a particular purpose. When someone you love is in a coercive situation by Jon Atack and Rachel Bernstein is from the Open Minds Foundation blog. It’s a useful list of what works and what doesn’t. There’s

When someone you love is in a coercive situation

This is a re-blog with a particular purpose. When someone you love is in a coercive situation by Jon Atack and Rachel Bernstein is from the Open Minds Foundation blog. It’s a useful list of what works and what doesn’t. There’s

A closer look at Parental Alienation: on YouTube

Here’s a must watch video for you! It’s a great short educational YouTube video: Memories of a Monster: A closer look at Parental Alienation  The video (30 mins) is based on a Desperate Housewives storyline. It’s only semi-realistic … for example, it’s not usually a by-stander

A closer look at Parental Alienation: on YouTube

Here’s a must watch video for you! It’s a great short educational YouTube video: Memories of a Monster: A closer look at Parental Alienation  The video (30 mins) is based on a Desperate Housewives storyline. It’s only semi-realistic … for example, it’s not usually a by-stander

The Archers: An everyday story of coercive control and child alienation

Even outside the UK, you might have heard about the long-running much-loved BBC radio soap opera, The Archers, and its brilliant plot in recent years that has included two lots of coercive relationships. One of those coercive relationships – the domestic abuse – is in all

The Archers: An everyday story of coercive control and child alienation

Even outside the UK, you might have heard about the long-running much-loved BBC radio soap opera, The Archers, and its brilliant plot in recent years that has included two lots of coercive relationships. One of those coercive relationships – the domestic abuse – is in all

Labels and Alienation

Most people know of a pattern that happens when families separate. That pattern is when one parent turns a child against the other parent without good reason. But, for decades, giving that pattern a short name has caused endless trouble even though labels are meant

Labels and Alienation

Most people know of a pattern that happens when families separate. That pattern is when one parent turns a child against the other parent without good reason. But, for decades, giving that pattern a short name has caused endless trouble even though labels are meant