Category Archives: Clinical Practice

Examples and discussion about best practice for mental health professionals who work directly with alienated children and their parents. Consideration of how to make proper assessments, how to guard against bias, and how & when to work with the legal system.

Blood-letting: learning from the past

To trust professions or not to trust them? That is the question. First let’s learn from history. In later posts, I’ll set out the principles that we can apply to institutions that are around us now. In the Marx Brothers film,

Blood-letting: learning from the past

To trust professions or not to trust them? That is the question. First let’s learn from history. In later posts, I’ll set out the principles that we can apply to institutions that are around us now. In the Marx Brothers film,

Untangling a web – and the thread didn’t break

“Oh what a tangled web we weave …” penned Walter Scott in 1808 about Lord Marmion’s love-life. But he could have typed it in 2008 about the worldwide web and its promiscuous off-spring: social media. That’s a ‘tangled web’ too. With everyone free

Untangling a web – and the thread didn’t break

“Oh what a tangled web we weave …” penned Walter Scott in 1808 about Lord Marmion’s love-life. But he could have typed it in 2008 about the worldwide web and its promiscuous off-spring: social media. That’s a ‘tangled web’ too. With everyone free

A typewriter cannot juggle – but Cochem can

Like buses, you wait for ages for a conference on Parental Alienation (PA) then in August two came along: Stockholm (Nordic and International) and London (UK and European). Plus USA at both. I went and presented in Sweden. I’ve heard about the

A typewriter cannot juggle – but Cochem can

Like buses, you wait for ages for a conference on Parental Alienation (PA) then in August two came along: Stockholm (Nordic and International) and London (UK and European). Plus USA at both. I went and presented in Sweden. I’ve heard about the

The unqualified gap in Scotland’s family law system

The unqualified gap through which children fall in Scotland’s present family law system is about the whole range of separated family patterns that go to family law. The report has a blog-site of its own – The Unqualified Gap. That’s so there

The unqualified gap in Scotland’s family law system

The unqualified gap through which children fall in Scotland’s present family law system is about the whole range of separated family patterns that go to family law. The report has a blog-site of its own – The Unqualified Gap. That’s so there

The abuse of the child’s voice in high conflict separation

Here in Scotland, Relationships Scotland (RS) held an event on the Voice of the Child in Separation and Divorce (June 2017). Professor Jenn McIntosh presented her work. She is a researcher and child inclusive practitioner from Australia. Professionals from a wide range

The abuse of the child’s voice in high conflict separation

Here in Scotland, Relationships Scotland (RS) held an event on the Voice of the Child in Separation and Divorce (June 2017). Professor Jenn McIntosh presented her work. She is a researcher and child inclusive practitioner from Australia. Professionals from a wide range

Terror and ill health: the bear truth about childhood adversity

Dr Nadine Harris delivered this stunning TED MED talk in 2014. She gives the bear in the woods an important walk-on part. A paediatrician herself, she tells how a child’s ‘dose’ of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) creates clearly higher rates of health problems. And that’s

Terror and ill health: the bear truth about childhood adversity

Dr Nadine Harris delivered this stunning TED MED talk in 2014. She gives the bear in the woods an important walk-on part. A paediatrician herself, she tells how a child’s ‘dose’ of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) creates clearly higher rates of health problems. And that’s

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