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.

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

Creating an informal proactive court … Mediation with knobs on!

I was once a community-based child psychiatrist in a friendly multi-disciplinary team here in NHS Lanarkshire. Sadly few Scottish services took seriously enough the needs of children and families engaged in the stress of family law and courts after separating. But what

Creating an informal proactive court … Mediation with knobs on!

I was once a community-based child psychiatrist in a friendly multi-disciplinary team here in NHS Lanarkshire. Sadly few Scottish services took seriously enough the needs of children and families engaged in the stress of family law and courts after separating. But what

A Tardis of a textbook on PA

Dr Wilfrid von Boch-Galhau’s book on Parental Alienation (2013) is now available to buy online in its English translation.  Dr Who?  No … Dr von Boch-Galhau! But like Dr Who’s time-travelling police box Tardis, this book is much bigger on

A Tardis of a textbook on PA

Dr Wilfrid von Boch-Galhau’s book on Parental Alienation (2013) is now available to buy online in its English translation.  Dr Who?  No … Dr von Boch-Galhau! But like Dr Who’s time-travelling police box Tardis, this book is much bigger on

Contact Matters – Early Intervention

Kenneth Lane has been working in this field for years. See his Contact Matters website.   Nick Child has not.  We encountered each other through Linked In. We thought we might share this recent exchange of views with this wider readership. Maybe we

Contact Matters – Early Intervention

Kenneth Lane has been working in this field for years. See his Contact Matters website.   Nick Child has not.  We encountered each other through Linked In. We thought we might share this recent exchange of views with this wider readership. Maybe we

Parental Alienation’s long list of counter-intuitives

One of the hurdles we face in raising awareness of Child and Parental Alienation (PA) is that it is counter-intuitive in so many ways. We have to set aside lots of the stereotypes that shape our thinking. Richard Warshak (2015)

Parental Alienation’s long list of counter-intuitives

One of the hurdles we face in raising awareness of Child and Parental Alienation (PA) is that it is counter-intuitive in so many ways. We have to set aside lots of the stereotypes that shape our thinking. Richard Warshak (2015)

The dangers of a little learning

How do we know when learning is too little, too much, or just enough? Working with a general clientele, and teaching ordinary helping professions about Child and Parental Alienation (PA), I have been trying to develop attractive, compact learning with key practitioner points to

The dangers of a little learning

How do we know when learning is too little, too much, or just enough? Working with a general clientele, and teaching ordinary helping professions about Child and Parental Alienation (PA), I have been trying to develop attractive, compact learning with key practitioner points to

A rose by any other name …

… would smell as sweet?! Alienation is more prickly than sweet! … There are lots of reasons why we need a name for the pattern commonly called Parental Alienation. Some people do great work with Alienated children and families but without using that label.

A rose by any other name …

… would smell as sweet?! Alienation is more prickly than sweet! … There are lots of reasons why we need a name for the pattern commonly called Parental Alienation. Some people do great work with Alienated children and families but without using that label.

A quart into a pint-pot: how to spread the word

It’s Parental Alienation Awareness Day everyone. So let’s spread the word. I’ve written about that before: PR for PA. We want to reach the unconverted as well as preach to the converted. This post is the long of it. The next one’s the short of

A quart into a pint-pot: how to spread the word

It’s Parental Alienation Awareness Day everyone. So let’s spread the word. I’ve written about that before: PR for PA. We want to reach the unconverted as well as preach to the converted. This post is the long of it. The next one’s the short of

How anyone can tell truth to power

Sometimes complex issues in big messy systems crystallise best into simple effective messages. The trick is to care and to have someone you want to get the message through to. American family therapist, Linda Gottlieb provides generic letters that any professional can send to

How anyone can tell truth to power

Sometimes complex issues in big messy systems crystallise best into simple effective messages. The trick is to care and to have someone you want to get the message through to. American family therapist, Linda Gottlieb provides generic letters that any professional can send to