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.

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

Let’s focus on behaviour more than on labels

Welcome to Dr Shelagh Wright as our guest blogger.  Shelagh is a family therapist and family mediator who is also trained in direct child consultation. A simple view is that separating parents put their children’s best interests first by collaborating. Where one or

Let’s focus on behaviour more than on labels

Welcome to Dr Shelagh Wright as our guest blogger.  Shelagh is a family therapist and family mediator who is also trained in direct child consultation. A simple view is that separating parents put their children’s best interests first by collaborating. Where one or

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

Gender and Alienation

Inspired by Jennifer Harman and Zeynep Biringen’s work in “Parents Acting Badly”, I have thoroughly refurbished my key overview: Off-putting relationships: the essentials of Child Alienation. The section I’m particularly pleased with is my attempt to climb the Mount Everest topic of gender

Gender and Alienation

Inspired by Jennifer Harman and Zeynep Biringen’s work in “Parents Acting Badly”, I have thoroughly refurbished my key overview: Off-putting relationships: the essentials of Child Alienation. The section I’m particularly pleased with is my attempt to climb the Mount Everest topic of gender

Historic change afoot: winning without the ‘A’ word

After decades of ideological impasse, the major US professional body, the APA, has signalled that an historic change is on its way. Let’s celebrate this long-awaited change and the invisible key that seems to have worked at last. What’s the key?! The

Historic change afoot: winning without the ‘A’ word

After decades of ideological impasse, the major US professional body, the APA, has signalled that an historic change is on its way. Let’s celebrate this long-awaited change and the invisible key that seems to have worked at last. What’s the key?! The