Amittai Megged is a social worker by training, a certified family therapist and instructor and also practices therapeutic (healing) storytelling. Mr. Megged was a lifelong student of the late Amnon Ben-Zvi and some of the pioneers of family therapy in the United States and Israel, such as: Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, Harry Aponte, Dr. Susanna Bullrich, Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, Judith Grinbaum and Dr. David Schnarch. Mr. Megged is a lecturer, facilitator and senior instructor at the School of Social Work, the Drama Therapy Studies Program, the Family Therapist Training Program at the Tel Hai College, and at the Bereshit Center Family Therapist Training Program. He is author of the books, Fairies and Witches (Feyot u’Mechashefot), on the use of metaphorical stories in treating at-risk children, We Do Choose our Families (Mishpacha Ken Bochrim), on choosing the “soul” of our families, and Dharma Therapy, on psychotherapy with a purpose. Mr. Megged also developed the Fairies and Witches card series.
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.
Amy Van Gunst, MA, LPC, MDIV
MA, LPC, MDIV
Amy VanGunst received a master's degree in counseling from Wester Michigan University in 1994. She is the Executive Director of the Fountain Jill Center for Counseling in Grand Rapids and her practice is focused on high conflict divorce cases. She is involved in reunification, parent coordination, divorce coaching, coparenting counseling, and other court related services as well as providing expert testimony for highly complex cases throughout Michigan. She is an active member of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and is a pioneering member and chair of the Family Court COUnseling Professionals group of West Michigan.
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.
Ashish Joshi, J.D.,
Owner, Joshi: attorneys + counselors
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.
Ben W Burgess, Ph.D.
Ben Burgess, MA, LLP. Ben Burgess is a psychologist with a private practice focusing primarily on high-conflict divorce and parental separation as well as high-conflict child custody and parenting time evaluations. Mr. Burgess received a master's degree in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University in 2006. Since 2006, he has worked in various private practices and currently at the Fountain Hill Center in Gand Rapids. In addition, he worked as the office psychologist for the Ottawa County Friend of the Court, where he routinely examined complex cases involving child alienation, intimate partner violence, and other complex child custody and parenting time issues. Mr. Burgess' practice has expanded to include parent-child reunification, parent coaching, expert witness testimony, trial consultation, and parent coordination.
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.
Child Custody and Divorce Coach
33 years experience dealing with Family Law. First responder to child abuse investigations. Ten years research into cause and effect of Family Law. Last nine years as a Child Custody and Divorce Coach. Clients all over the United States and internationally. Frequent presenter on Court, Crime and Parental Alienation, Parallel Parenting etc. Member of the Parental Alienation Study Group. Advisor to ISNAF. Prior Board member PAAO International. Past president SPAC. Member of LAWPOA. Member of IPA.
CEO International Support Network for Alienated Families
Cindy Hirsch, a family advocate in Los Angeles and CEO of ISNAF, a nonprofit organization providing support, education, awareness, and advocacy for families affected by parental alienation
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, PhD, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC
Colleen Murray is a Licensed Practicing Counselor and owner of Victor’s Crown Christian Counseling Center in Saint Robert, Missouri where she specializes in working with families experiencing high-conflict divorce and parental alienation. Dr. Murray is also an adjunct professor at Drury University. Dr. Murray often testifies as an expert witness within Missouri’s 25th and 26th Judicial Circuits for high-conflict divorce and parental alienation cases. Additionally, Dr. Murray speaks at continuing education conferences for family law attorneys and judges in an effort to better equip the legal profession to more effectively and efficiently manage the high volume of these cases to a successful conclusion.
Cory Sprunger J.D.
Cory Sprunger, JD. is an Indiana attorney and owner of Sprunger & Sprunger, a network of small firms in rural northeast Indiana. 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.
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.
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.
Heleen Koppejan Luitze MSc.
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.
JENNIFER J. HARMAN, Ph.D
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.
Joani Kloth Zanard, MFT
ADA Advocate and Consultant
Joan has a Masters Magna Cum Laude in Marriage and Family Therapy, a BS in Health and Psychology with a Minor in Business which includes extensive training and certification in Reunification Therapy and work with children. She also is a Guardian Ad Litem and Certified as a Recovery Support Specialist and in ABI. Presently, she runs and manages a nonprofit with over 40 chapters around the world.
Joe Rabiega, LPC
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.
Joshua Coleman, Ph.D.
Joshua Coleman, PhD. is a psychologist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area and a 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, The BBC, NYU Psychiatry Radio as well as Sesame Street, 20/20, Good Morning America, America Online Coaches, and PBS. He is the co-editor, along with historian Stephanie Coontz of seven online volumes of Unconventional Wisdom: News You Can Use, a compendium of noteworthy research on the contemporary family, gender, sexuality, poverty, and work-family issues. 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
Lead therapist at the Family Separation Clinic
Karen Woodall is a specialist in working with high conflict divorce and separation and its impact on children. She is a psychotherapist with over twenty years experience in working with parents and children affected by family separation. Karen is an internationally recognised expert on children’s post separation rejecting behaviours and the phenomenon of the alienated child.
Kolette Butler, Ph. D
A native Arizonan, Dr. Butler began her journey as a junior high teacher where she enjoyed interacting with teens as they worked through difficult and exciting life changes. Dr. Butler then transitioned to the legal field where she earned her JD at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. After practicing law in Arizona she began a study of psychology where she found the perfect fit for her blend of warmth, relatability and keen analytical perspectives.
Lena 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, LCSW
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,
Are you struggling with grief, anger, anxiety, or depression following a major life change? Or struggling with conflict with your co-parent, spouse, or partner? What is successful parenting and co-parenting? In a warm and caring environment, I help parents and (divorced) co-parents: create a partnership where the goal is raising healthy, well-adjusted, stable children; communicate in a non-blaming way; focus on the children, and not each other; focus on the present, and not the past.
Mandy Mathewson, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Mandy Matthewson PhD. is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Tasmania and a senior clinical psychologist in private practice. She is a mid-career academic with over 10 years of experience. Dr Matthewson is the lead researcher in the Family and Interpersonal Relationship Research Lab at UTAS and a member of Violence and Abuse Research Unit (VARU). She has been the lead or co-lead of a number of research projects of national and international significance in the area of family relationships, family violence and parental alienation. She also supervises postgraduate research students. She has conducted and published systematic literature reviews including a Cochrane review. She has highly developed skills in project management, literature searching, survey design and interviewing. She teaches advanced assessment skills, ethics and professional practice issues in psychology.
Mary Alvarez, Ph.D.
Mary Alvarez, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice. Her office is located in the Friendswood/Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas. Dr. Alvarez has been in private practice since 1995 and her practice is both clinical and forensic in nature.
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.
Family separation practitioner, writer and parental alienation specialist.
I am a psychotherapist and hold an MA (Hons) in psychodynamic, psychoanalytic and relational psychoanalytic counselling.* I am also a therapeutic mediator, accredited by the School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology, Regents University. I am a partner at the Family Separation Clinic. I have worked with families experiencing divorce or separation since 1999 and co-founded the Family Separation Clinic in 2010, having previously worked at the Centre for Separated Families.
Randy Flood, MA, LLP
Limited Licensed Psychologist and MA in Counseling Psychology
Randy Flood is credentialed as a Limited Licensed Psychologist and holds an MA in Counseling Psychology. He has provided specialized evaluation and counseling services for men since 1992.
Rebekah Frye, CFLS, LLM
A Certified Family Law Specialist practicing Family Law in California since 1997
Our law office is dedicated to providing professional and superior legal services for individuals going through divorce, legal separation, child paternity actions, and domestic violence. With a specialty in complex litigation, we strive to provide our clients with quality legal services aimed at achieving the best results for our clients.
Robert DeCarlo, Ph.D
Dr. Robert DiCarlo received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Northern Arizona University and completed over 4,000 hours of pre- and post-doctoral training in forensic psychology. He has over a decade of experience working both within the public and private behavioral health sectors with individuals with serious mental illness, dual-diagnosis, substance use disorders, and personality disorders.
Shawn Wygant, MA, TLLP
Forensic Psychology Associate & Clinical Therapist
Mr. Wygant is a highly skilled and dedicated forensic psychological evaluator, clinical therapist, and expert witness with demonstrated success in providing expert analysis of high-conflict family law cases and implementing effective treatment plans for clients with varying mental health concerns. He has an exemplary understanding of the nature of parent-child relational problems that arise within the context of high-conflict divorces.
Sandra Moon Dancer B.Sc., M.H.Sc.
Sandra Moon Dancer is an internationally acclaimed shamanic energy medicine teacher, inspirational speaker and energy healer with over thirty years experience in healing and health care communities. She founded the Centre of Circle Wisdom in 2003 as a progressive community space designed for individuals and families to connect with their spiritual path and Mother Earth.
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.
Shuly Megged, MFT. Shuly Megged is a graduate student in social work and a student of Dr. David Sanersh. She combines techniques from E.FT Recall Healing, VOICE DIALOG and psychodrama.
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, Ph.D.
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, MS, LPC, NBCCH
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.
William Bernet, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, Vanderbilt University
William Bernet, M.D., is a professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. As an expert in forensic psychiatry, Dr. Bernet has testified about 300 times in 24 states. Dr. Bernet was the founder and first president of the Parental Alienation Study Group.
WILLIAM J. McGEE, MFA
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.