“A child who remains in a position to choose whether they will see a parent or not is a child who remains alienated and affected by the underlying problem of psychological splitting. Any treatment which leaves a child in this position is abusive to the child and not successful.
Treatment of parental alienation is not a long drawn out process, does not require desensitisation and does not require the rejected parent to do anything other than continue to be the good enough parent that they already are. Treatment which requires the rejected parent to change is not treatment for parental alienation and should be avoided always.”
Parental Alienation has become such a hot topic in the UK that everywhere one looks a petition is being launched, an article on the issue is in the media, even Woman’s Hour covered the topic recently. Meanwhile the head of CAFCASS (GAL service for our stateside readers), has confirmed that parental alienation is child abuse, although not quite as those of us who work with the issue know it.
Watching the way in which the subject, which only five years ago was readily dismissed by family court professionals, is now being rehabilitated, I am aware of the dangers ahead for parents who think that now that the subject is being openly aired, all will be well and the problem eradicated. I wish I could agree but I can’t. The sense of foreboding that comes with the cosy chats around the kitchen table approach to this problem is immense, it heralds…
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