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Recognizing Parental Alienation Syndrome and Intervening in High Conflict Divorce On-Site Training

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.

Course Description/Agenda


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.

  • Recognize the symptoms of Parental Alienation Syndrome and pinpoint methods to combat it
  • Determine how to minimize dysfunctional family patterns and create stability for the child
  • Discuss basic forensics in divorce issues and acting in "The Best Interest of the Child"
  • Learn to negotiate the complex ethical, legal and confidentiality concerns
  • Identify realistic and effective interventions for children of all ages and their families

What You'll Learn

  • Discover strategies to effectively handle high conflict parents and collaborate with other professionals
  • Determine how to minimize dysfunctional family patterns and create stability for the child
  • Identify PAS and how to determine true PAS in families
  • Examine the dynamics of child alignments, estrangements and alienation
  • Discuss how to negotiate the complex ethical, legal and confidentiality concerns
  • Discuss and have an understanding of forensics for families referred to court and court-related services
  • Examine the role of third parties in fostering conflict
  • Determine the best course of action when abuse, violence, relocation and false allegations have taken place
  • Assess children's reactions to divorce and separation at different developmental stages and examine warning signs of serious problems
  • Identify REALISTIC interventions

 

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