Category Archives: The System

Anything about how the law, the helping professions and services work together or not.

I just can’t dance with Alienation – Some pros and cons of the words we use.

A therapist colleague expressed the discomfort of the vast majority of the helping professions everywhere.  She said: “I just can’t dance with Alienation.” She meant the word and its meaning. For decades, I would also have professed this kind-hearted sentiment.

I just can’t dance with Alienation – Some pros and cons of the words we use.

A therapist colleague expressed the discomfort of the vast majority of the helping professions everywhere.  She said: “I just can’t dance with Alienation.” She meant the word and its meaning. For decades, I would also have professed this kind-hearted sentiment.

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

Attachment terror: How all harmful coercion works

The field of harmful coercive relationships is huge. It stretches across all kinds of family and other groups. But it is all over the place. No one can have read all the shelves and webpages full of great description. Quantity has to

Attachment terror: How all harmful coercion works

The field of harmful coercive relationships is huge. It stretches across all kinds of family and other groups. But it is all over the place. No one can have read all the shelves and webpages full of great description. Quantity has to

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