Category Archives: Development & Training

How can we better inform ourselves and others about this largely ignored pattern in families?

Lifting the lid off Lifton’s list matches harmful coercion in families and cults

Here we like teaming up coercive patterns in families (e.g. domestic abuse, parental alienation) with those outside families (e.g. cults, terrorism, scams). All of them are an alienation experience. Teaming up means we can campaign more powerfully. At first sight, Robert Lifton’s list

Lifting the lid off Lifton’s list matches harmful coercion in families and cults

Here we like teaming up coercive patterns in families (e.g. domestic abuse, parental alienation) with those outside families (e.g. cults, terrorism, scams). All of them are an alienation experience. Teaming up means we can campaign more powerfully. At first sight, Robert Lifton’s list

Society acting badly, not just the parents

A new must-read book is out. It’s a complete lucid delight in every way and on every page. Jennifer Harman and Zeynep Biringen, the book’s authors, are social psychologists in Colorado. There’s a quick way to get the most innovative bits right away – Jennifer’s TED talk (14 mins).

Society acting badly, not just the parents

A new must-read book is out. It’s a complete lucid delight in every way and on every page. Jennifer Harman and Zeynep Biringen, the book’s authors, are social psychologists in Colorado. There’s a quick way to get the most innovative bits right away – Jennifer’s TED talk (14 mins).

Climbing the mountain gets easier → 2. Prevention

Recently the highest British mountain, Ben Nevis got bigger. In this blog too, our Climbing the mountain page also got bigger. Yet recent developments mean our mountain looks smaller. How can this be?! One new key idea is that all kinds of coercive or ‘undue influence’ can

Climbing the mountain gets easier → 2. Prevention

Recently the highest British mountain, Ben Nevis got bigger. In this blog too, our Climbing the mountain page also got bigger. Yet recent developments mean our mountain looks smaller. How can this be?! One new key idea is that all kinds of coercive or ‘undue influence’ can

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

Learning about a common enemy

Coercion by direct physical abuse or threat is a crime and a terrible experience. But psychological coercive persuasion is also seriously harmful.  Building on what we know of coercive control found in domestic abuse and in cults, momentum is gathering in the fight against harmful coercion in all

Learning about a common enemy

Coercion by direct physical abuse or threat is a crime and a terrible experience. But psychological coercive persuasion is also seriously harmful.  Building on what we know of coercive control found in domestic abuse and in cults, momentum is gathering in the fight against harmful coercion in all

Parental and cult alienation: Les Linet MD and the new Star Wars

2016 has opened up some fresh roads for future blogging here. Before we head down a particularly exciting wide avenue, here’s a short lively pointer to where we’re going. Meet … Harrison Ford and … the prolific Les Linet MD and his online work, and

Parental and cult alienation: Les Linet MD and the new Star Wars

2016 has opened up some fresh roads for future blogging here. Before we head down a particularly exciting wide avenue, here’s a short lively pointer to where we’re going. Meet … Harrison Ford and … the prolific Les Linet MD and his online work, and

The Remarkable Ryan Thomas

Ryan Thomas is a grown up child of Alienation. Triggered by chance by what a work colleague said, he realised as an adult what had been happening. Eventually he reconnected with his Dad. Ryan has now created a goldmine of online resources. He is

The Remarkable Ryan Thomas

Ryan Thomas is a grown up child of Alienation. Triggered by chance by what a work colleague said, he realised as an adult what had been happening. Eventually he reconnected with his Dad. Ryan has now created a goldmine of online resources. He is

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

Taking Alienation seriously … and getting taken seriously

Writing a blog is easy but mostly reaches the converted. Getting Parental Alienation into a professional journal is a golden achievement, making wider professionals take notice. But getting well-covered in the public media is perhaps the hardest publicity of all. An

Taking Alienation seriously … and getting taken seriously

Writing a blog is easy but mostly reaches the converted. Getting Parental Alienation into a professional journal is a golden achievement, making wider professionals take notice. But getting well-covered in the public media is perhaps the hardest publicity of all. An

Climbing the mountain: 1. Intro and overall aims

There’s a new Climbing the mountain page to click in the top menu of the blog. Reading it all in one go is, as the name suggests, a bit arduous. So this is the opener of a series of posts that will unpack it in stages

Climbing the mountain: 1. Intro and overall aims

There’s a new Climbing the mountain page to click in the top menu of the blog. Reading it all in one go is, as the name suggests, a bit arduous. So this is the opener of a series of posts that will unpack it in stages

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