PASG 2019 conference

Thu, September 12 2019, 8:30 AM - Sat, September 14 2019, 5:00 PM [EDT]

4509 Island Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19153, United States

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Thu, September 12 2019, 8:30 AM - Sat, September 14 2019, 5:00 PM [EDT]

About the Event

Parental Alienation Study Group, Inc. (PASG) is an international, not-for-profit organization. PASG has plus 500 members – mostly mental health and legal professionals – from 51 countries. The members of PASG are interested in educating the general public, mental health clinicians, forensic practitioners, attorneys, and judges regarding parental alienation. PASG members are also interested in developing and promoting research on the causes, evaluation, prevention, and treatment of Parental Alienation. 

 

Since 2017, PASG is organizing a yearly conference in order to bring their members together, organize educational sessions, plenary sessions, etc. In 2017, a 3-day conference has been held in Washington DC. 2018, our second PASG conference took place in Stockholm. 

 

More information about PASG could be found at https://pasg.info/ In 2019 a new 3-day conference will be organized, starting on Thursday, September 12, till Saturday, September 14. 


This year, we aim to open the conference not only to members of PASG but also to the public.
 This 3-day conference is intended for mental health professionals, legal practitioners, child advocates, researchers, and parents and grandparents who have an interest in parental alienation.  Our mission is to be the definitive, comprehensive, international forum for the discussion of parental alienation, high-conflict families, and related topics.  Please find all the registration details on this page.
 
Currently, the 3-day program is ready and available on this page under the sessions section. 
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PASG 2019

Executive committee

 

William Bernet M.D. Amy Baker Tom Janssen
Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry   Director of Research    Chairman Technology committee  
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine     
 
 
 
 
 

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Parental Alienation Study Group, Inc. (PASG), is an international, not-for-profit corporation. PASG has 500 members – mostly mental health and legal professionals – from 52 countries. The members of PASG are interested in educating the general public, mental health clinicians, forensic practitioners, attorneys, and judges regarding parental alienation. PASG members are also interested in developing and promoting research on the causes, evaluation, prevention, and treatment of parental alienation.

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"Amittai Megged (MFT) is the head of the training program for family and couples therapy at the Tel Hai academic college. He is the founder and director of the Megged School for Differentiation and Worthiness based Psychotherapy. Social worker by training, and a certified family therapist and instructor. Mr Megged is appointed by Israeli courts as an expert in PA. Mr. Megged studied family therapy with Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, Harry Aponte, Dr. Susanna Bullrich, Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, Judith Grinbaum and Dr. David Schnarch. He is author of the 5 books; the last two are "Differentiation Based Couple Therapy" and "Being Worthy".

Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D.
Researcher, expert, author, and coach in parental alienation

Amy Baker is a developmental psychologist with a PhD from Teachers College of Columbia University. She is a researcher, an author, and an expert witness. She has provided trainings and workshops on the topic of parental alienation and psychological maltreatment to legal and mental health professionals around the world. She is the author of 8 books including "Adult children of parental alienation syndrome: Breaking the ties that bind" (WW Norton, 2007); "Co-parenting with a toxic ex" (New Harbingers, 2013) and "Bonded to the abuser" (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015). She also provides parent coaching for targeted parents and has worked with hundreds of parents to assist them in developing more effective interactions with their children. She is the author or co-author of over 100 articles and has conducted seminal research in the field of parental alienation behaviors and the long term effects of parental alienation.

https://www.amyjlbaker.com/
Amy Van Gunst
MA, LPC, MDIV

Amy received her MA in counseling from Western Michigan University and her MDiv from Western Theological Seminary. She currently provides individual, group, and marital therapy with the Fountain Hill Center for Counseling and Consultation, where she has served as Executive Coordinator since 1994. Her practice includes many court-related counseling services, including parent-child reunification, parent coordination, and therapeutic supervised parenting. Over many years assisting clients involved in the family court system, she has developed deep expertise in identifying needs, creating pathways for effective communication, and developing healthy solutions that serve children’s and families’ long-term best interests.

Andrew Bossory is the Senior Associate Attorney with Joshi I Ashish Attorneys + Counselors. For the past decade Andrew has developed a practice representing targeted parents in custody and parenting time disputes across the country. Andrew is a subcommittee chair with the American Bar Association Business Torts Journal, chair of the Washtenaw County Bar Association commercial litigation section, a contributor to the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and a member of the Michigan and various other Federal bar associations. Andrew presents and writes frequently on a variety of topics including discovery, commercial and domestic litigation.

Anna Tivade, MSW
Founder, Consultant PASA-NJ Parental Alienation Support & Awareness NJ

PASA-NJ's mission is to promote education and awareness. We meet monthly in mutual support group settings across NJ and provide educational programs. Our goal is to eradicate Parental Alienation by educating the public and supporting those who are in the throes of it.

www.pasanj.org
Ashish Joshi, LL.M
Owner, Joshi: attorneys + counselors

Ashish Joshi, PC. Mr. Joshi is the owner and managing partner of his firm and serves as the lead counsel in high-stakes, complex disputes and litigation matters. Mr. Joshi has counseled and/or represented clients in state and federal courts across the United States and internationally, including in India, United Kingdom, Canada, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, British Virgin Islands, and China. Mr. Joshi has been admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, State Bars of New York, Michigan, District of Columbia, and Gujarat, India. 

https://www.joshiattorneys.com
Ben W Burgess
Psychologist

Ben obtained his MA in psychology from Western Michigan University, and is now a practicing psychologist with the Fountain Hill Center for Counseling and Consultation. Since 2006, his primary focus has been on providing services to individuals and families experiencing high-conflict divorce and separations. In addition to individual and family counseling, Ben provides comprehensive evaluations, such as custody and parenting time evaluations and parenting capacity evaluations, that help individuals, families, and courts make informed decisions. Through a variety of tools, including psychological testing, he helps people better understand their emotional landscape and identify strategies for negotiating obstacles.

Brian Hart
MBA, MHC Candidate

Brian Hart, MBA, MHC Candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, is the founder of Family Preservation Resources in Massachusetts. Brian has a certificate in Child and Family Forensic Issues from William James College. Brian has 3 adult children and overcame a brief alienation in 2009-2010; they continue to enjoy a close relationship. Brian runs active parental alienation support groups in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Brian is also interested in working with legislatures and judiciaries to improve family court processes.

Brian Ludmer is a Canadian attorney whose practice focuses on cases involving high conflict custody battles, denial of parenting time and parental alienation, as well as high net worth financial disputes. He is also a business and securities law attorney with over 32 years of experience. Brian is the Legal Column Editor and Writer for the bi-monthly newsletter of the Parental Alienation Study Group.

http://www.ludmerlaw.com
Cara Koch
Parental Alienation Expert, Author & Researcher

Dr. Cara E. Koch After 43 years as an alienated parent with a professional background in child development and family relationships, plus a doctorate in children’s [innate]spirituality, she finds answers to her questions: “Why me? How did this happen? and What is the purpose?” Through a process of deep introspection, she overcame depression, despite remaining unreconciled with her son. With newly discovered resources that could have led to a different outcome if they were available, Cara has found a renewed sense of purpose in promoting awareness of PA through her book From Heartbreak to Healing: Resolving Parental Alienation.

www.carakoch.com
Catherine MacWillie
Child Custody and Divorce Coach

Catherine MacWillie has 36 years experience dealing with Family Law. 24 years as a law enforcement officer with the Los Angeles Police Department responding to radio calls dealing with divorce and custody. She was a first responder to child abuse investigations as well as other specialized assignments also impacted by Family Law. Catherine frequently speaks on issues such as Crime, Court and PA, Law Enforcement and PA, Parallel Parenting An Alternative to Co-Parenting. Catherine spent 10 years researching the cause and effect of Family Law. The past 12 years as a Child Custody and Divorce Coach with clients domestically and abroad.

http://www.custodycalculations.com/

Christopher Andexler is a father of four children and four stepchildren. He is also the Ministry Director of Forged Together Ministries; helping marriages and families struggling with relational issues repair and strengthen their relationships and avoid divorce and custody battles and helping those through divorce find hope again. After nearly a decade of being alienated from his kids, he felt it important to share his story of how he navigated through the process of PA. He has written a book called “Ex’s & Oh’s- Dealing with and Healing from the Process of Parental Alienation” to help others through the process.

Cindy Hirsch
CEO International Support Network for Alienated Families

Cindy Hirsch has been the CEO of the International support Network for Alienated Families (ISNAF) since 2012, a nonprofit organization supporting alienated families. She has vast experience in working with alienated parents and is an alienated parent herself undergoing litigation for 14 years.  She continues to attempt to reunify with her adult sons. Her work with ISNAF  offers support, education, advocacy and hope for families dealing with PA through monthly support meetings, workshops,  conferences, symposium and a colloquium. ISNAF recently launched a Grief Program designed specifically for alienated parents suffering the loss of access to their children.

https://isnaf.info
Christine Turner, MSW, JD
Credentialed Distinguished Mediator

Christine Turner, MSW, JD. Christine Turner blends her educational training in social work and the law to meet the needs of clients as a TMCA Distinguished Mediator. In collaboration with Dr. Mary Alvarez she is the co-developer of Resetting the Family, a educational program for families in high conflict. Through ongoing research and child centric parent education, Chris works to alleviate the long term impact of high conflict on children.

Colleen Murray
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC

Colleen M. Murray, Ph.D., is a Licensed Practicing Counselor and Professor at Drury University. Dr. Murray has an interest in better defining intimate partner violence to include parental alienation. She has spent many years working in the area of intimate partner violence and studying the effects and interventions for children subjected to intimate partner violence. Dr. Murray is in private practice assisting families with co-parenting, reunification of alienated parent, and parent management techniques. Dr. Murray regularly testifies as an expert witness in high conflict divorce case and speaks at continuing education conferences for family law attorneys and judges.

Cory Sprunger is an Indiana attorney and owner of Sprunger & Sprunger, a network of law firms in northeast Indiana, along with his wife and attorney, Allison Sprunger.  Before practicing law and while in school, Cory worked at the White House under President George W. Bush, at the Republican National Committee, and in the United State Senate for Senator Richard Lugar. He graduated from the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University and from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California.  Cory and his wife have two children – Jack (9 months) and Zoey (3 years).

https://sprungerandsprunger.com/attorneys/cory-sprunger/
David Curl, Ph. D.
Film-maker & CEO, For Kids Sake

With an MA from Oxford and PhD from Monash University, David Curl is a scientist and internationally acclaimed film-maker whose films have reached over 100 million viewers in 50 countries. As CEO of the non-profit For Kids Sake, he is overseeing a social impact campaign to transform our approach to family separation and producing films and TV ads that highlight and address the risks to children of our current systems.

Demosthenes Lorandos, Ph.D., J.D.
Forensic psychologist & Litigator

Dr. Lorandos received his B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University. He attended the New School for Social Research in New York City, studying the principles and methodology of science. He has also published three books: Cross-Examining Experts in the Behavioral Sciences (co-authored with Dr. Terence Campbell); Benchbook in the Behavioral Sciences: Psychiatry – Psychology – Social Work and The International Handbook of Parental Alienation Syndrome – Conceptual.

http://www.falsely-accused.net

In 2000, Eric received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He holds a BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His graduate study includes wide-area networking at Cornell University in high-energy physics and distributed processing systems at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ginger Gentile
Film Director

Ginger Gentile is an advocate and documentary filmmaker dedicated to addressing ignored global issues and shedding light on solutions. With her soon-to-be-released film, ERASING FAMILY, she is exposing the trauma children suffer when a loving parent is erased by the divorce courts, a problem that affects over 22 million families in the US alone.

https://www.gingergentile.com/

Heleen Koppejan_Luitze, MSc.. is a self-employed life course psychologist in the Netherlands who graduated cum laude on parental alienation: parent detachment.  In her psychology practice she supports parents, families and their (legal and social) counselors in the issue of parent detachment. She also provides training to interdisciplinary colleagues who are confronted with parent detachment and is a PhD candidate.

https://hechtscheiden.com/

Jennifer Harman, PhD. is Associate Professor of Psychology, Colorado State University. Dr. Harman earned her doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2005. Her primary research is in the area of intimate and family relationships, most specifically, on how interpersonal and social factors affect families after separation and divorce. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on parental alienating behaviors with a focus on how it is a form of family violence.

http://jenniferjillharman.com/
Joani Kloth Zanard, MFT
ADA Advocate and Consultant

Joani Kloth Zanard, MFT is Founder, Board President of PAS Intervention, a 501c3 nonprofit with over 45 chapters around the word.  Masters in Marriage & Family Magna Cum Laude, BS Health & Psychology, minor business, AS Exercise science, Extensive training in PA, Reunification, Psychological Abuse, Child Psychology and Dysfunctional Family Processes.  Vetted expert in Parental Alienation and American Disability Act. She is a trained GAL, Owner of several online support groups and the author/co-author of two books. She has created tools and programs to assist in recognizing the PA patterns and dealing with them in court. She continues to pursue education and training of professionals and parents.  

www.pas-intervenstion.com
Joe Rabiega
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCS

Joe Rabiega, LPC. is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS) in North Carolina. He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology, and has also completed additional psychology education/training in a post-master’s program. He has diverse experience that includes working with depression, anxiety, trauma, parental alienation, bipolar disorder, behavior management issues, family discord and psychosis. Mr. Rabiega works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He has had the pleasure of providing therapy in a variety of settings including: office-based, home-based, community and hospitals.

Jorge Guerra, PhD studied law, social-economy, sustainable Development Cooperation. At present he teaches and conducts research at the German Leuphana University. Concerning family law he undestands that a multi-disciplinary approach is needed and this it is paramount to understand the reality on conflicting families before publishing or teaching about how to safeguard the children involved. Hence he became a mediator and advocate of the child and the right-of-visit caregiver. From this broad background includng theory and practice, he is actively involved in changint the ways and paradigms of parental alienation at an international level.

Joshua Coleman is a psychologist in private practice and Senior Fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families.  He is the author of numerous articles, chapters and books and has been a frequent guest on the Today Show, NPR, BBC, NYU Psychiatry Radio as well as Sesame Street, 20/20, Good Morning America, and PBS. . His last book WHEN PARENTS HURT: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don’t Get Along (HarperCollins) was written for estranged and alienated parents. His new book THE RULES OF ESTRANGEMENT will be published by Random House in Oct., 2020

Karen Woodall
Lead therapist at the Family Separation Clinic

Karen Woodall is a highly experienced psychotherapist who has worked with separated families since 1991. She is currently studying for a PhD. Using internationally accepted standards and protocols, Karen has developed new ways of working with alienated children and is now widely regarded as one of the foremost experts in the field. Her influential blog has a worldwide readership. She is the co-author of Understanding Parental Alienation: Learning to cope, helping to heal (Charles C Thomas, 2017).

https://www.karenwoodall.com/
Lena Hellblom Sjögren
Forensic psychologist

Lena Hellblom Sjogren completed her doctorate at Stockholm University in 1990. She has since combined being a forensic psychologist and researcher focused on human rights and legal rights of the individual. She first became aware of parental alienation in a combined custody/criminal case. Since then she has worked to bring awareness to the topic of parental alienation.

Linda Gottleib, LMFT, LCSW
Family Therapist and Parental Alienation Specialist

Linda has had 40+ years education and experience providing clinical treatment services to families of all compositions, orientations, and in all developmental stages. She has treated the wide spectrum of problems, issues, and dysfunctional family interactional patterns that are challenging for families.

Lisa Rothfus
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW

I specialize in working with individuals, couples, adolescents, and families on issues such as divorce, Collaborative Divorce, writing Parenting Plans for Pro- Se divorces, Co-parenting issues before and after divorce, Alienation and Reunification therapy, coaching parents going through Alienation issues, parenting issues with adolescents, clients with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or ADHD. In addition I work as a private Guardian Ad Litem, and a Parent Coordinator/Facilitator.

Loretta Maase, MA, LPC, NCC
Psychotherapist, family therapist, Certified DBT Therapist, and CBT therapist,

Loretta Maase, LPC. Loretta has a broad range of experience in the counseling field , including working with ndividuals seeking to rebuild their lives after trauma, divorce and loss. She is trained in a variety of therapeutic models including Structural Family Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and trauma-informed therapy. Loretta has worked with high conflict familis since the mid 1990's and currently specializes in conducting parental alienation assessments, treatment, and reunification. She has trained with Linda Gottlieb and Dr. Steve Miller on the identification/assessment of parental alienation; Linda Gottlieb on intensive PA treatment, and Dr. Amy Baker on Restoring Family Connections

https://www.parentrise.com/
Mandy Mathewson, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Mandy Matthewson is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Dr Matthewson is the lead researcher in the Family and Interpersonal Relationships Research Lab at UTAS and Chair of the Parental Alienation Study Group’s Research Committee. Her research interests include exploring family relationships, family violence and parental alienation. Dr Matthewson is also a clinical psychologist in private practice where she has developed expertise in working with families and individuals who have been affected by parental alienation.

http://www.utas.edu.au/profiles/staff/health/Mandy-Matthewson

Marie-France Carlier was appointed family court judge Dinant in 2003, and, Juvenile Court judge in 2007. Passionate about her new position, she quickly reported on the lack of rapid and effective responses by the judicial system to parental separation. She proposed to her colleague and the Bar to launch a great challenge: adapting the Cochem practice in Dinant, which became official in 2012. She is also one of the founders of the Interdisciplinary Family-Youth Commission to build bridges between family-related stakeholders to improve the Consensus model and she is one of the coaching leaders in Parental Alienation for judges and prosecutors.

Dr. Roseman is founder/CEO of the Toby Center for Family Transitions providing reunification services throughout much of Florida. He has worked in the co-parenting field since 1999 when serving as Assistant Director for Child Access Services with David L. Levy, joint custody pioneer and CEO of the Children’s Rights Council in Washington, DC. Dr. Roseman is author of Preserving Family Ties, An Authoritative Guide to Understanding Divorce and Child Custody for Parents and Family Professionals (WestBow Press, 2018). A graduate of the Union Institute & University, Roseman is an international speaker on high conflict divorce, and was a contributing columnist for Knight Ridder Tribune Syndicate and the Huffington Post.

https://www.thetobycenter.org/

Mary Alvarez, PhD. Mary Alice earned her doctorate in developmental psychology with an emphasis in cognitive and neurodevelopment from the University of Houston. She is a licensed psychologist in Texas and has both a forensic practice and a clinical practice. Dr. Alvarez codeveloped Resetting the Family to address mild and moderate parent rejection and she is actively conducting research on the program's efficacy as well as research to identify the early psychological and behavioral precursors that lead some children to reject a parent.

http://www.drmaryalvarez.com/

Mark Drejza, BSME, is an engineer in Delaware, has experienced parental alienation in his own family and, fortunately, has been able to resolve it. He is working to awareness of parental alienation, push toward education and training within the family courts, and find resolution and remedy within the same. Since 2017, he has been raising awareness on Parental Alienation and PASG with the Delaware Family Law Commission and the Delaware Family Courts. He has been a member of PASG's Committee for Public and Professional Accountability since 2018.

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Maureen MacNeill is a Canadian journalist /editor/speechwriter working at an international organization in Vienna, Austria. After years of court battles initiated by the father of her children , throughout which she maaged to maintain both custody and healthy children, the father managed in 2016 to completely alienate the younger daughter (now 16). The older daughter (now 18) is also alienated, but maintains contact. Despite both girls failing out of school , becoming psychologically ill (the younger one severely suicidal and requiring 9 months of hospitalization), neitehr the hospital nor the social services intervened to remove from, and the court granted the father full custody.

Nick Child
Physician psychiatrist

Nick retired in 2003 as a child and adolescent mental health service NHS physician psychiatrist in Edinburgh and Lanarkshire. Until 2018 he worked in the voluntary sector as a family therapist in Edinburgh. Today he is focused on writing and organizing work.

Nick Woodall, MA
Family separation practitioner, writer and parental alienation specialist.

Nick Woodall holds a Masters degree in psychodynamic psychotherapy and has worked with separated families since 1999. In addition to his therapeutic work with alienated families, Nick is an expert witness in the UK family courts. He has worked extensively on family policy, developing new services for the UK government. A former BBC Online parenting expert and writer, he is the co-author of Understanding Parental Alienation: Learning to cope, helping to heal (Charles C Thomas, 2017).

https://www.familyseparationclinic.com
Olga Odinetz
Court interpreter

Born in France in 1957, Olga Odinetz completed her university studies in ecology and marine biology with a doctoral dissertation in Guam and French Polynesia, then worked for 20 years in Africa and Brazil in the environment and development field. Her three children were alienated by their farther when she divorced in 2000. She founded the self-help NGO ACALPA (Association against Parental Alienation) then wrote the book "Conflict Separations and Parental Alienation" with the psychiatrist Roland Broca. Fully involved in ACALPA, she has been working as a court interpreter for 8 years. She still has no news of her children.

https://www.acalpa.info/

Mr. Hendrix is educated in psychology and business and is certified as a counselor, family mediator, parent educator, forensic specialist, and as a child access provider. He has been appointed by courts as Parental Responsibilities Evaluator, Child and Family Investigator, Parenting Coordinator, Decision Maker, Arbitrator, Parenting Time Supervisor, and Reunification Specialist. Extensively trained and experienced in cases involving parental alienation, child abuse, domestic violence, and family relations, he has been vetted as an expert in several dozen cases. He founded and leads the Colorado Parental Alienation Support group, which is a nonprofit providing in-person support, education, awareness and advocacy for families. He also founded and operated several non-profit organizations, to include Coalition for Equal Parenting, and Colorado Children’s Center.

http://covenantcounselors.com/

Philip Marcus was born and educated in England. He moved to Jerusalem in 1978. He served as a Judge of the Jerusalem Family Court from its opening in 1997 until his retirement in 2012. Since retiring he has written and published numerous articles, for example on: Parental Responsibilities, on Prevention of Parental Alienation and Contact Failure, on Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Israeli Family Court and on Testamentary Capacity and on Guardianship relating to persons with disabilities.He has spoken and presented workshops on Family Law, including Child Law and on Family Courts, on five continents.

http://www.philip-marcus.com/
Randy Flood
Limited Licensed Psychologist and MA in Counseling Psychology

Randy has been a practicing psychologist in Michigan since 1992 and is the co-founder of the Men’s Resource Center of West Michigan. He provides evaluation, parenting coordination, and parent-child reunification counseling at the Fountain Hill Center, in Grand Rapids, where reject and refuse dynamics are present in parent-child contact problems. He has specialized in evaluating parental alienation for over two decades. He is the co-author of two books, and a prolific speaker and media consultant in his areas of expertise. Randy offers expert testimony and consultation in family and criminal courts while also offering parenting and divorce coaching throughout the country.

Rob Lowden
Targeted parent

Graduate of Indiana University with B.S. degree in Business Management. Career has included recreation, construction and security technology industries. Father of three daughters, five granddaughters and one grandson. The last five years have been focused on attempting to restore contact and reunify two granddaughters with their mother, my daughter. This focus required attaining a fundamental understanding of Parental Alienation. It has also led to an ongoing effort to educate Indiana Department of Child Services, state legislators and related agencies on the counterintuitive nature of PA and the signs that can be manifested in parental conflicts.

Shawn Wygant, MA, TLLP
Forensic Psychology Associate & Clinical Therapist

Mr. Wygant is a highly skilled and dedicated forensic psychology associate and expert witness. He specializes in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of parental alienation as well as other complex forms of child psychological maltreatment. For the past 6 years, he has worked with Demosthenes Lorandos, Ph.D., J.D., on parental alienation cases throughout the United States as a forensic psychology associate and expert witness helping courts make the best possible decisions concerning the best interest of the child. Their forensic psychology consulting firm, PsychLaw.net, PLLC, provides target parents with expert analysis and testimony concerning parental alienation.”

http://www.PsychLaw.net

Sandra Moon Dancer B.Sc., M.H.Sc. is an internationally acclaimed shamanic energy medicine teacher, business and life coach, inspirational speaker, workshop leader and sacred site travel leader. She is the executive director of the Centre of Circle Wisdom, an energy medicine centre she founded in 2003 in Toronto, Canada. With over thirty years experience in healing and health care communities, and a range of clinical, research and academic work, Sandra is a bridge for people and communities between health systems and indigenous healing. She also works with families and children in domestic violence. Since 2010, she has been a key speaker at Canada's largest alternative wellness convention, Whole Life Expo.

http://www.circlewisdom.ca/

Shazia Sparkman, JD is a family law attorney practiving in the Tampa FL area. She received her law degree from University of Buffalo where she served on the law review. She is admitted to the bar inboth Florida and New York. She specializes in divorce, custody and time-sharing cases.

https://sparkmanlawfirm.com/shazia-sparkman-attorney/

Shuly megged (MSW) Social Worker and Family Counselor. The head of the Contact center in Nahariya Israel. Shuly Treats families in extreme neglect, at their homes, in projects in northern Israel. She is court appointed as an expert in Parental Alienation and works in co therapy with PA with Amittai Megged. A certified parent coordinator. A student of David Schnarch.

Su Keenan is an Emmy-award-winning television journalist who has worked in local and network television, including WNBC and CNN, for more than 25 years. She is currently based in New York and reports for Bloomberg Television, an international network focused on financial and legal issues, which includes high-net worth divorce. In her personal life, she has been eye-witness to a severe and still-unfolding case of alienation for more than a decade. One of the most extreme alienating events received press attention in a national publication.

Suzanne Spencer Abel, JD. is an adult alienated child. Her father passed away before they reconnected. Suzanne has three adult alienated children and 5 alienated grandchildren. An experienced speaker, Suzanne runs the Cumerbland-Perry Community Support Program, a non-profit affiliate that advocates for mental health care and fights stigma. She also teaches adult education.

Stephen Morrison received a Ph.D in the Administration of Justice in 2006 from the University of Southern Mississippi.  His dissertation is titled -  "Parental Alienation Syndrome: An Inter-Rater Reliability Study, Alienating Behaviors, Related Justice System Issues."  He co-authored - Parental Alienation, DSM-V, and ICD-11. He worked as a police officer for the Houston Police Department for 41 years retiring in 2017.  He presently  serves as a reserve deputy.  He has taught as an adjunct since 2001, and presently adjunct for the University of Houston Downtown and Sam Houston State University.  

Dr. Miller has degrees in both Psychology and Medicine from Brown University and did residency training at Brown University and Harvard Medical School. For more than 30 years he was on the teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine; in addition, he has many years of experience practicing Behavioral Medicine -- a specialty that focuses on the interface between medicine and psychology.

Walter Camos
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, NBCCH

Offering individual, couples, and family counseling, psychotherapy, and hypnotherapy services to adults and adolescents. In collaboration, we will define and explore presenting problems that may be inhibiting personal growth, level of functioning, and/or overall wellbeing. Goals shall be formulated and a plan for achieving these goals established.

http://www.camostherapy.com/
William Bernet, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, Vanderbilt University

" William Bernet, M.D., a professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, has testified as an expert in forensic psychiatry about 300 times in 24 states. In 2007, Dr. Bernet and Judge Don R. Ash published Children of Divorce: A Practical Guide for Parents, Therapists, Attorneys, and Judges. Dr. Bernet edited Parental Alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11, which was published in 2010. Dr. Bernet and his colleagues edited Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals, which was published in 2013. He was the founder and first president of the Parental Alienation Study Group."

WILLIAM J. McGEE was born in New York City and received an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Among other pursuits, he teaches undergraduate and graduate Creative Writing; represents travelers as a consumer advocate in Washington; and is an award-winning investigative journalist and columnist. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of Consumer Reports Travel Letter and currently contributes to Consumer Reports and writes a monthly travel column for USA Today. His journalism and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Money, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Condé Nast Traveler, Yahoo.com, DailyBeast.com, HuffingtonPost.com, and many other print and online publications. He also worked in airline flight operations management and served in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary. McGee is the author of Attention All Passengers (HarperCollins, 2012), a nonfiction exposé of the airline industry, and is developing AirFear, a scripted television drama. He lives in Connecticut, where he is a member of a boxing club. He is, of course, at work on another novel, Bush. He is also a father.

Dr. von Boch-Galhau MD is a specialist in Psychiatry, Neurology, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy since 1979. Since 1995 he was a member of the Interdisciplinary Working Group “Beratung bei Trennung und Scheidung” [Consulting during Separation and Divorce] in Würzburg (Germany). In 2002 he was one of the organizers of the International Parental Alienation Syndrome Conference in Frankfurt/Main (Germany). He is Author and Co-author of different professional books and articles in international medical journals with the topics of Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome/Disorder (see www.pas-konferenz.de and “Parental Alienation Database” of the Center of Knowledge, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA, www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/pasg)

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Event Schedule

08:00 AM

Registration

08:00 AM - 08:15 AMIndependence Ballroom
08:15 AM

Welcome and some housekeeping

08:15 AM - 08:30 AMIndependence Ballroom
08:30 AM

Parental alienation: Here we are. How did we get here?

08:30 AM - 09:15 AMIndependence Ballroom
09:15 AM

Introducing the voice of the targeted parent into the conference.

09:15 AM - 09:30 AMIndependence Ballroom
09:30 AM

Personal Story

09:30 AM - 09:45 AMIndependence Ballroom
09:45 AM

AM break

09:45 AM - 10:00 AMIndependence Foyer
10:00 AM

Parental alienation and science: The big picture

10:00 AM - 10:45 AMIndependence Ballroom
10:45 AM

Personal Story

10:45 AM - 11:00 AMIndependence Ballroom
11:00 AM

Parental alienation: What to do about it!

11:00 AM - 11:45 AMIndependence Ballroom
11:45 AM

Personal Story

11:45 AM - 12:00 AMIndependence Ballroom
12:00 PM

Lunch

12:00 PM - 01:30 PMBenjamins
01:30 PM

Personal Story

01:30 PM - 01:45 PMIndependence Ballroom
01:45 PM

Parental alienation doesn’t always make sense

01:45 PM - 02:30 PMIndependence Ballroom
02:30 PM

Parental alienation and the law: The legal landscape and pitfalls

02:30 PM - 03:15 PMIndependence Ballroom
03:15 PM

PM break

03:15 PM - 03:30 PMIndependence Foyer
03:30 PM

Personal Story

03:30 PM - 03:45 PMIndependence Ballroom
03:45 PM

Panel discussion

03:45 PM - 04:30 PMIndependence Ballroom
04:45 PM

Closing - Day 1

04:45 PM - 05:00 PMIndependence Ballroom
08:15 AM

Welcome day 2

08:15 AM - 08:30 AM
08:30 AM
Day 2: Legal Track

First things first: It’s a MISTAKE to think like a lawyer when representing targeted parents

08:30 AM - 09:15 AMIndependence Ballroom C
Day 2: Targeted Parents

The Four Bodies of Consciousness: Critical Awareness and the Importance of Balance for the Targeted Parent

08:30 AM - 09:15 AMLiberty III & IV
08:30 AM
Day 2: Clinical Track

Panel Discussion: Holding the Alienating Parent Accountable to the Court to Relinquish Alienating Behaviors: Imposing Time Limit

08:30 AM - 09:45 AMLiberty I & II
08:30 AM
Day 2: Research Track

Stories from the Family and Interpersonal Relationships Lab in Tasmania: A summary of the forgotten families project

08:30 AM - 08:45 AMIndependence Ballroom A
08:45 AM
Day 2: Research Track

Research Brief: Prevalence of adults who are the targets of parental alienating behaviors and their impact: Results from three national polls

08:45 AM - 09:15 AMIndependence Ballroom A
09:15 AM
Day 2: Targeted Parents

Shame: A powerful tool in the Alienator’s Toolbox

09:15 AM - 09:45 AMLiberty III & IV
Day 2: Research Track

Research Brief: Confusion and consensus over definitions

09:15 AM - 09:45 AMIndependence Ballroom A
09:15 AM
Day 2: Legal Track

How to explain false abuse claims to judges

09:15 AM - 10:00 AMIndependence Ballroom C
09:45 AM
Day 2: Clinical Track

Nipping alienation in the bud: wouldn’t it be loverly if we went out of business?

09:45 AM - 10:05 AMLiberty I & II
09:45 AM
Day 2: Research Track

AM break

09:45 AM - 10:00 AMIndependence Foyer
09:45 AM
Day 2: Targeted Parents

Forgiveness: The key to a better tomorrow

09:45 AM - 10:15 AMLiberty III & IV
10:00 AM
Day 2: Legal Track

AM break

10:00 AM - 10:15 AMIndependence Foyer
10:00 AM
Day 2: Research Track

Two Research Briefs: Attitudes of abused children: Do they exhibit the 8 behavioral manifestations of PA?

10:00 AM - 10:45 AMIndependence Ballroom A
10:05 AM
Day 2: Clinical Track

AM break

10:05 AM - 10:20 AMIndependence Foyer
10:15 AM
Day 2: Legal Track

Unique challenges for targeted parents: How attorneys can utilize parent coaching to help clients

10:15 AM - 11:00 AMIndependence Ballroom C
10:15 AM
Day 2: Targeted Parents

AM break

10:15 AM - 10:30 AMIndependence Foyer
10:20 AM
Day 2: Clinical Track

Panel Discussion: Crazy Making Issues in Alienation: Professional Alienation Collusion

10:20 AM - 11:40 AMLiberty I & II
10:30 AM
Day 2: Targeted Parents

Legal Panel: Preparing your case and withstanding cross examination

10:30 AM - 12:00 AMLiberty III & IV
10:45 AM
Day 2: Research Track

Group Discussion: What are the pressing research questions in the field.

10:45 AM - 12:00 AMIndependence Ballroom A
11:00 AM
Day 2: Legal Track

Preparing clients for and critiquing child custody evaluations

11:00 AM - 12:00 AMIndependence Ballroom C
11:40 AM
Day 2: Clinical Track

Can We Force “Spontaneous” Reunification? part 1

11:40 AM - 12:00 PMLiberty I & II
12:00 PM
Day 2: Legal Track

Lunch

12:00 PM - 01:30 PMBenjamins
Day 2: Clinical Track

Lunch

12:00 PM - 01:30 PMBenjamins
Day 2: Targeted Parents

Lunch

12:00 PM - 01:30 PMBenjamins
Day 2: Research Track

Lunch

12:00 PM - 01:30 PMBenjamins
01:30 PM
Day 2: Legal Track

Panel: Legal challenges in dealing with PA: A view from England, Germany, Belgium and Sweden

01:30 PM - 02:30 PMIndependence Ballroom C
01:30 PM
Day 2: Clinical Track

Can We Force “Spontaneous” Reunification? (Part 2)

01:30 PM - 02:00 PMLiberty I & II
Day 2: Research Track

Research Brief: Current Research Activities and Programming for Mild and Moderate Parent Rejection

01:30 PM - 02:00 PMIndependence Ballroom A
02:00 PM
Day 2: Clinical Track

Panel Discussion: Promising Recipes: Active Ingredients of Effective Outcomes in more traditional Reunification Interventions

02:00 PM - 03:00 PMLiberty I & II
Day 2: Targeted Parents

Attendance at the clinical track session on clinical approaches

02:00 PM - 03:00 PMIndepence III & IV
Day 2: Research Track

Passing a Daubert hearing

02:00 PM - 03:00 PMIndependence Ballroom A
02:30 PM
Day 2: Legal Track

Proactive Management of PA cases in Israeli Courts: A Novel Approach

02:30 PM - 03:00 PMIndependence Ballroom C
03:00 PM
Day 2: Legal Track

PM break

03:00 PM - 03:15 PMIndependence Foyer
Day 2: Clinical Track

PM break

03:00 PM - 03:15 PMIndependence Foyer
Day 2: Targeted Parents

PM break

03:00 PM - 03:15 PMIndependence Foyer
Day 2: Research Track

PM break

03:00 PM - 03:15 PMIndependence Foyer
03:15 PM
Day 2: Legal Track

Preparing to confront the adverse mental health professional(s)

03:15 PM - 04:00 PMIndependence Ballroom C
Day 2: Targeted Parents

Panel discussions by targeted parents

03:15 PM - 04:00 PMIndepence III & IV
03:15 PM
Day 2: Clinical Track

Assessments in the 21st Century: Evidence-Based Meets Expert System Technology

03:15 PM - 03:45 PMLiberty I & II
Day 2: Research Track

Research brief: Can alienating parents be identified from their emotion display?

03:15 PM - 03:45 PMIndependence Ballroom A
03:45 PM
Day 2: Clinical Track

Panel Discussion: Treating Adult Alienated Children: Dealing with the Pain of Visiting the sins of the Adults on the Children—and Grandchildren

03:45 PM - 04:30 PMIndependence I & II
03:45 PM
Day 2: Research Track

Research Brief: Using the PARQ measure in PA research

03:45 PM - 04:15 PMIndependence Ballroom A
04:00 PM
Day 2: Legal Track

Brave new world: What a revamped family law system would look like

04:00 PM - 04:30 PMIndependence Ballroom C
04:00 PM
Day 2: Targeted Parents

Discussion via small groups about pressing issues for targeted parents

04:00 PM - 05:00 PMIndependence III & IV
04:15 PM
Day 2: Research Track

Discussion: Involving the next generation of researchers and funders

04:15 PM - 05:00 PMIndependence Ballroom A
04:30 PM
Day 2: Legal Track

Closing - Q and A with lawyers

04:30 PM - 05:00 PMIndependence Ballroom C
Day 2: Clinical Track

Common Clinical Mistakes

04:30 PM - 05:00 PMLiberty I & II
05:00 PM
Day 2: Clinical Track

Closing - Day 2

05:00 PM - 05:15 PMIndependence I & II
Day 2: Targeted Parents

Closing - Day 2

05:00 PM - 05:15 PMIndependence III & IV
Day 2: Research Track

Closing - Day 2

05:00 PM - 05:15 PMIndependence Ballroom A
05:15 PM

Role-play of memorabilia intervention at Turning Points 4 Families (open to all attendees)

05:15 PM - 06:15 PMIndependence Ballroom
08:00 PM

Parental alienation - movie night (open to all attendees)

08:00 PM - 11:00 PMIndependence Ballroom
08:30 AM

Welcome day 3

08:30 AM - 09:00 AMIndependence Ballroom
09:15 AM

Panel Discussion: Running support groups for targeted parents: Lessons learned

09:15 AM - 10:00 AMIndependence Ballroom
10:00 AM

AM break

10:00 AM - 10:15 AMIndependence Foyer
10:15 AM

Parental alienation in the US courts

10:15 AM - 11:00 AMIndependence Ballroom
11:00 AM

Panel - Parental alienation: International issues

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMIndependence Ballroom
12:00 PM

Lunch

12:00 PM - 01:30 PMBenjamins
01:30 PM

Panel: Historical highlights

01:30 PM - 02:15 PMIndependence Ballroom
02:15 PM

Panel Discussion: PA and the media

02:15 PM - 03:15 PMIndependence Ballroom
03:15 PM

PM break

03:15 PM - 03:30 PMIndependence Foyer
03:30 PM

Top ten strategies for addressing PA

03:30 PM - 04:15 PMIndependence Ballroom
04:15 PM

Closing remarks

04:15 PM - 05:00 PMIndepence Ballroom
08:00 AM

Registration

08:00 AM - 08:15 AMIndependence Ballroom
08:15 AM

Welcome and some housekeeping

08:15 AM - 08:30 AMIndependence Ballroom
08:30 AM

Parental alienation: Here we are. How did we get here?

08:30 AM - 09:15 AMIndependence Ballroom
09:15 AM

Introducing the voice of the targeted parent into the conference.

09:15 AM - 09:30 AMIndependence Ballroom
09:30 AM

Personal Story

09:30 AM - 09:45 AMIndependence Ballroom
09:45 AM

AM break

09:45 AM - 10:00 AMIndependence Foyer
10:00 AM

Parental alienation and science: The big picture

10:00 AM - 10:45 AMIndependence Ballroom
10:45 AM

Personal Story

10:45 AM - 11:00 AMIndependence Ballroom
11:00 AM

Parental alienation: What to do about it!

11:00 AM - 11:45 AMIndependence Ballroom
11:45 AM

Personal Story

11:45 AM - 12:00 AMIndependence Ballroom
12:00 PM

Lunch

12:00 PM - 01:30 PMBenjamins
01:30 PM

Personal Story

01:30 PM - 01:45 PMIndependence Ballroom
01:45 PM

Parental alienation doesn’t always make sense

01:45 PM - 02:30 PMIndependence Ballroom
02:30 PM

Parental alienation and the law: The legal landscape and pitfalls

02:30 PM - 03:15 PMIndependence Ballroom
03:15 PM

PM break

03:15 PM - 03:30 PMIndependence Foyer
03:30 PM

Personal Story

03:30 PM - 03:45 PMIndependence Ballroom
03:45 PM

Panel discussion

03:45 PM - 04:30 PMIndependence Ballroom
04:45 PM

Closing - Day 1

04:45 PM - 05:00 PMIndependence Ballroom
08:15 AM

Welcome day 2

08:15 AM - 08:30 AM
08:30 AM
Day 2: Legal Track

First things first: It’s a MISTAKE to think like a lawyer when representing targeted parents

08:30 AM - 09:15 AMIndependence Ballroom C
Day 2: Targeted Parents

The Four Bodies of Consciousness: Critical Awareness and the Importance of Balance for the Targeted Parent

08:30 AM - 09:15 AMLiberty III & IV
08:30 AM
Day 2: Clinical Track

Panel Discussion: Holding the Alienating Parent Accountable to the Court to Relinquish Alienating Behaviors: Imposing Time Limit

08:30 AM - 09:45 AMLiberty I & II
08:30 AM
Day 2: Research Track

Stories from the Family and Interpersonal Relationships Lab in Tasmania: A summary of the forgotten families project

08:30 AM - 08:45 AMIndependence Ballroom A
08:45 AM
Day 2: Research Track

Research Brief: Prevalence of adults who are the targets of parental alienating behaviors and their impact: Results from three national polls

08:45 AM - 09:15 AMIndependence Ballroom A
09:15 AM
Day 2: Targeted Parents

Shame: A powerful tool in the Alienator’s Toolbox

09:15 AM - 09:45 AMLiberty III & IV
Day 2: Research Track

Research Brief: Confusion and consensus over definitions

09:15 AM - 09:45 AMIndependence Ballroom A
09:15 AM
Day 2: Legal Track

How to explain false abuse claims to judges

09:15 AM - 10:00 AMIndependence Ballroom C
09:45 AM
Day 2: Clinical Track

Nipping alienation in the bud: wouldn’t it be loverly if we went out of business?

09:45 AM - 10:05 AMLiberty I & II
09:45 AM
Day 2: Research Track

AM break

09:45 AM - 10:00 AMIndependence Foyer
09:45 AM
Day 2: Targeted Parents

Forgiveness: The key to a better tomorrow

09:45 AM - 10:15 AMLiberty III & IV
10:00 AM
Day 2: Legal Track

AM break

10:00 AM - 10:15 AMIndependence Foyer
10:00 AM
Day 2: Research Track

Two Research Briefs: Attitudes of abused children: Do they exhibit the 8 behavioral manifestations of PA?

10:00 AM - 10:45 AMIndependence Ballroom A
10:05 AM
Day 2: Clinical Track

AM break

10:05 AM - 10:20 AMIndependence Foyer
10:15 AM
Day 2: Legal Track

Unique challenges for targeted parents: How attorneys can utilize parent coaching to help clients

10:15 AM - 11:00 AMIndependence Ballroom C
10:15 AM
Day 2: Targeted Parents

AM break

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM