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.

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. What I used to do then for some separated families, now seems rather relevant to my recently chosen field: high conflict family separation. All I did was to

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. What I used to do then for some separated families, now seems rather relevant to my recently chosen field: high conflict family separation. All I did was to

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.