This on-site training class is also available as Public Schedule Seminar.
Examine the dynamics of parental alienation syndrome, recognize the symptomatic behavior, and execute effective tactics for combating this phenomenon. Ethical, legal issues and current research will also be discussed.
Divorce is one of the most traumatic events in anyone's life, but it can be devastating to children. Family conflict and separation (with or without the formality of divorce) may be the greatest common factor among children and adolescents referred for counseling. Children are invariably frightened and confused by the threat to their security during this emotional and often adversarial period. These children grow up negotiating new relationships that include cohabitations, remarriages and stepfamilies, as well as experiencing new losses due to their parents' broken love affairs or second, and even third, divorces. When parents are in conflict, children are at risk for serious and long-lasting emotional harm. This risk increases exponentially when children, used as messengers, spies or pawns, are triangulated into their parents' conflict. Add to the mix law guardians, mediators and other professionals and it becomes imperative that mental health professionals approach these potentially high-risk cases with a solid forensic knowledge base.
This one-day seminar will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of high conflict divorce scenarios and Parental Alienation Syndrome. Attendees will learn the dynamics of Parental Alienation Syndrome, recognize the symptomatic behavior, and execute tactics for combating this phenomenon. Ethical and legal considerations will be discussed in depth. Participants will examine how to best utilize their psychotherapy training and experience to effectively work with these children and their families. Finally, clinicians will leave with an understanding of what they can realistically achieve in their clinical work with these families. This course is a must for any professional that works with children during the divorce process.
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