Parental Alienation Interventions and Management

Ten Parental Alienation Fallacies That Compromise Decisions in Court and in Therapy

Ten Parental Alienation Fallacies That Compromise Decisions in Court and in Therapy

This article examines ten false beliefs about the genesis of parental alienation and about appropriate remedies that result in opinions and decisions that fail to meet children’s needs. The ten mistaken assumptions are:

(a) children never unreasonably reject the parent with whom they spend the most time, Continue reading

Poisoning Parent-Child Relationships Through the Manipulation of Names

Poisoning Parent-Child Relationships Through the Manipulation of Names

Manipulating names can change the way children relate to and identify with their parents. Some parents use pejorative labels to refer to the target of alienation, encourage the children to refer to a parent by first name, or refer to the children by new names that mask their relationship to the other parent. This paper describes how such practices influence children to align with one parent against the other, how parents’ responses mediate the harmful Continue reading

Parental Alienation: Overview, Management, Intervention, and Practice Tips

Parental Alienation: Overview, Management, Intervention, and Practice Tips

Ground-breaking strategies for effective management of parental alienation cases
The University of Texas School of Law and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Texas Chapter included this monograph-length paper in course material for a 2014 conference on custody litigation. The paper expands on Dr. Warshak’s previous work and presents a Continue reading

Alienating Audiences from Innovation: The Perils of Polemics, Ideology, and Innuendo

Alienating Audiences from Innovation: The Perils of Polemics, Ideology, and Innuendo

This article discusses the importance of balancing careful scrutiny with openness to new ideas when judging innovative programs like Family Bridges. Dr. Warshak proposes that judicial responses to children who reject a parent are best governed by a multi-factor individualized approach. He shows how a presumption that allows children and one parent to regulate the other parent’s access to the children is unsupported by research. A custody decision based
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Helping Alienated Children with Family Bridges: Practice, Research, and the Pursuit of “Humbition”

Helping Alienated Children with Family Bridges: Practice, Research, and the Pursuit of “Humbition”

This article briefly summarizes and responds to feedback offered by Dr. Joan Kelly regarding Family Bridges: A Workshop for Troubled and Alienated Parent-Child Relationships. The article emphasize principles that promote an educational atmosphere as opposed to a therapeutic one, and the court’s role in contributing to successful interventions with severely alienated children. Among the considerations discussed are: working with favored parents, economic Continue reading