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 registration details on this page.

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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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About the Organizer

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

Dr. Barry Bricklin’s expertise arose from an unusually wide range of life experiences, from serving on the faculties of medical schools and universities to managing and touring with a rock-and-roll band. Dr. Bricklin found himself in the lecture halls of academia one day and in the backstage areas of Madison Square Garden and the Spectrum the next day. Dr. Bricklin served on the faculty and/or lectured at Jefferson Medical College, Hahnemann Medical College, Widener University, Temple University, and Johns Hopkins University, teaching psychotherapeutic and diagnostic procedures. His career spanned being a stock boy at a major department store, working at a detective agency, selling houses, running city owned recreation centers, and establishing a treatment program for difficult teenagers, based on maintaining automobiles and motorcycles. He authored a wide variety of child custody assessment tests and methods.

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
Clinical Psychologist

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.

Dr. John Dunne has recently retired from a 42 year child and adolescent psychiatry career. Although he was primarily in private practice, he also did consulting, teaching and research. He was one of 4 principle authors of the Parenting Act of 1987 which shifted the disposition of children from property law to social contract law, a critical shift that has been adopted in some form by most states and at least two other countries. In 1994 he and a colleague published the first detailed study1 of 16 cases of children who had rejected one of their parents, clarifying that parental alienation did not meet the definition of a syndrome

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 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.

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.

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

  • September 12, 2019
  • September 13, 2019
  • September 14, 2019
08:00 AM
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08:15 AM

Registration

Independence Ballroom

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Registration for the 3 day conference audience

08:15 AM
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08:30 AM

Welcome and some housekeeping

Independence Ballroom

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Welcome at day 1

William Bernet, M.D.

08:30 AM
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09:15 AM

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

Independence Ballroom

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Contemporary parental alienation (PA) theory resulted from a convergence of influences from family therapists, research on the suggestibility of children, child custody evaluations, court clinics, psychological testing, and hardcore psychosocial research. As an organization, the Parental Alienation Study Group (PASG) values this diversity. We also value the ability of scientific knowledge to come together from several directions toward a coherent PA theory, with agreement on all the basic principles and most of the details. We also value debate and legitimate scholarly discussion, which is necessary to clarify areas of possible disagreement. For example, PASG members may not agree on the best interventions for different levels of severity of PA. We may not agree on the importance of state legislatures adopting a preference for shared parenting in child custody disputes. As an organization PASG values the integration and collaboration of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, education, and current roles, including mental health professionals, legal professionals, targeted parents, adult children of PA, and child and family advocates. We hope that all the participants in PASG 2019 will experience these values first hand, which means listening to a diversity of opinion—including disagreement and debate—balanced with a good deal of consensus and collaboration.

William Bernet, M.D.

09:15 AM
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09:30 AM

Introducing the voice of the targeted parent into the conference.

Independence Ballroom

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In this presentation, Sandra Moon Dancer will describe the ways in which targeted parents’ voices will be heard throughout the conference, including having individuals affected by parental alienation share their personal stories. This presentation will introduce this conference’s new approach to integrating and focusing on the lived experiences of targeted parents and their families who are the inspiration for the conference.

Sandra Moon Dancer, B.Sc., M.H.Sc.

09:30 AM
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09:45 AM

Personal Story

Independence Ballroom

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Bob Lowden is a grandfather whose daughter lost her two daughters to Psychological Abuse/Parental Alienation and the quagmire of the court system. Through this experience Bob found a divide exists between an innocent perception of justice and the reality of what his family experienced. Bob will share his family’s journey through Department of Child Services and beyond. His family was overwhelmed by the situation, starting with a false abuse narrative, CPS workers “believing the children”, and under qualified therapists continually “validating” whatever the children said. Unfortunately, there are thousands more sharing this experience, with its diverse identifiers that are counter initiative to traditional solutions. Effective techniques must be identified and methodologies discussed for use in contacting legislators and judiciary recognizing they are overwhelmed with problems asking for attention. It is important to provide our story and PA information to these officials. During the last two years of his 4 year journey Bob has made some progress in this area including meetings with individual state legislators and testifying to an Indiana legislative committee concerning changes required in the Department of Child Services to improve training and qualifications of caseworkers. Recently Bob was invited to a meeting with the new Indiana State Director of Department of Child Services that included the Deputy Director of Operations and the DCS Legislative Director. Unfortunately it is difficult to measure success of these actions but the act of helping others on this journey helps us have purpose.

Rob Lowden

09:45 AM
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10:00 AM

AM break

Independence Foyer

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10:00 AM
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10:45 AM

Parental alienation and science: The big picture

Independence Ballroom

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Not all children who reject a parent are alienated. It is essential for proper management and treatment of cases of child alignment that alienated children be identified and differentiated from estranged children. Dr. Baker will review the four-factor model for identifying parental alienation from estrangement. According to the model, children should be considered alienated only when all four factors are present: (1) there was a prior positive attachment between the child and the now rejected parent (2) the rejected parent did not engage in abuse or neglect or seriously deficient parenting (3) the favored parent engaged in multiple parental alienation behaviors, and (4) the child exhibits most if not all of the behavioral manifestations of alienation. Dr. Baker will present the science underlying the elements of the model and the model itself. In doing so she will draw on research in a variety of fields including memory, attachment, child development, child maltreatment. She will highlight what we know and do not know about parental alienation and identify areas for future research.

Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D.

10:45 AM
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11:00 AM

Personal Story

Independence Ballroom

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Family systems therapy is the treatment of choice for all degrees of alienation—when its principles and interventions are precisely adhered to. The child psychiatrists who founded family therapy intervened to disrupt the “triangulation” that they had observed by decisively challenging the enmeshment between the child and the co-opting/triangulating parent to marginalize and denigrate the child’s other parent. Sound familiar? The fundamental objective of family therapy is healthy family functioning—applicable to all degrees of alienation! Healthy family functioning includes appropriate family hierarchy, growth-promoting family and individual boundaries for children at various developmental stages, civil and respectful communication among family members. Behavioral changes are required. Unfortunately, most therapists who provide reunification therapy have not been trained in family systems therapy nor, in particular, how to apply this model to alienation cases. And these therapists are further misinformed about how to handle a mildly alienated child who is being programmed by a severe, obsessed alienator. What is an alienated parent to do? What is the alienated parent’s lawyer to do? The purpose of this presentation is to describe how clinicians can and should: (1) rely on the mutual therapeutic interventions common to all degrees of alienation (2) expeditiously make an informed estimate as to the severity of the alienation. (3) use the Patient’s Bill of Rights to hold the therapist accountable for effective treatment. And (4) use the failure of traditional models to get a court order for effective treatment.

Maureen MacNeill

11:00 AM
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11:45 AM

Parental alienation: What to do about it!

Independence Ballroom

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Family systems therapy is the treatment of choice for all degrees of alienation—when its principles and interventions are precisely adhered to. The child psychiatrists who founded family therapy intervened to disrupt the “triangulation” that they had observed by decisively challenging the enmeshment between the child and the co-opting/triangulating parent to marginalize and denigrate the child’s other parent. Sound familiar? The fundamental objective of family therapy is healthy family functioning—applicable to all degrees of alienation! Healthy family functioning includes appropriate family hierarchy, growth-promoting family and individual boundaries for children at various developmental stages, civil and respectful communication among family members. Behavioral changes are required. Unfortunately, most therapists who provide reunification therapy have not been trained in family systems therapy nor, in particular, how to apply this model to alienation cases. And these therapists are further misinformed about how to handle a mildly alienated child who is being programmed by a severe, obsessed alienator. What is an alienated parent to do? What is the alienated parent’s lawyer to do? The purpose of this presentation is to describe how clinicians can and should: (1) rely on the mutual therapeutic interventions common to all degrees of alienation (2) expeditiously make an informed estimate as to the severity of the alienation. (3) use the Patient’s Bill of Rights to hold the therapist accountable for effective treatment. And (4) use the failure of traditional models to get a court order for effective treatment.

Linda Gottleib, LMFT, LCSW

11:45 AM
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12:00 AM

Personal Story

Independence Ballroom

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The purpose of this presentation is to share an experience of survival and healing as an adult child of parental alienation. Joe Rabiega will discuss the two lives he has led. For the first 20 years he was in a constant 24/7 survival struggle as his father’s “seek and destroy” weapon against his mother, her relatives, and her friends. His father truly was a cult leader who demanded that his son pledge allegiance and loyalty to him while taking out a gun and threatening suicide. The second part of his life (the past 22 years) started when he met his current wife and began the process of breaking free from his father’s control and abuse

Joe Rabiega

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Personal Story

Independence Ballroom

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Dr. Cara Koch briefly narrates her personal story of 43 years of alienation, followed by sharing some aha! moments in her journey of inner healing after discovering the term parental alienation when she was 32 years into it. Through a major paradigm shift she was able to overcome years of shame, fear, despair, rejection and stark emptiness that caused her to lose her sense of purpose. She reveals how she overcame her persistent depression and came to understand the nature of PA and why her son erased her from his life. She has not totally given up hope that their relationship will be healed, but she is no longer holding her breath for that to happen. 

Cara Koch

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02:30 PM

Parental alienation doesn’t always make sense

Independence Ballroom

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Among professionals who specialize in child alignment, it is well known that many aspects of PA are highly counter-intuitive. Examples include how to distinguish alienation from estrangement, how to identify hybrid cases, and how to treat alienated children. Other examples abound. What’s more, the use of the word counter-intuitive is more than a warning for professionals (and others) to be careful. Rather, it is a warning that no matter how careful professionals might be, those who do not specialize in this area will almost always make major errors—often catastrophic errors—with respect to diagnosis, causation, treatment, and prognosis. This is true not only for the mental health professionals who evaluate, manage, and/or treat such cases but also for the legal professionals who evaluate, manage, and/or litigate them. This presentation will highlight some of the most common counter-intuitive issues and related errors. 

Steve Miller

02:30 PM
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Parental alienation and the law: The legal landscape and pitfalls

Independence Ballroom

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The debate is over: There is no doubt that parental alienation exists. The detractors continue to create a smokescreen of “controversy” both in professional literature and in courts. But an overwhelming number of family courts around the country have accepted the notion of parental alienation and have acknowledged it as a significant factor in their decisions modifying custody and/or providing other appropriate intervention. Regardless of how one labels the phenomenon—call it parental alienation, “brainwashing,” or “programming”—American family courts have come to a conclusion that whether or not a psychological “syndrome” exists, parental alienation clearly does. As a New York trial judge recently wrote: “Anybody old enough to drink coffee knows that embittered parties can and do manipulate their children.” This presentation will provide an overview of how American courts have wrestled with the concept of parental alienation and how the judges, when presented with proper and compelling evidence, have ordered appropriate interventions including but not limited to a change of custody, specialized mental-health intervention programs, financial sanctions, and even incarceration in most serious cases.

Ashish Joshi, LL.M

03:15 PM
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03:30 PM

PM break

Independence Foyer

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03:30 PM
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03:45 PM

Personal Story

Independence Ballroom

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As a targeted parent, Parental Alienation is a confusing experience to say the least. However, as with many conditions, going from recognizing the symptoms and understanding what they mean to being able to take action can be quite a journey. Knowing that this family dynamic is a thing and has a name is the first step. However, the journey doesn’t end when the realization sinks in that the majority of family services and legal processes cannot readily help the situation. This presentation is about one father’s journey to understand what was happening so rapidly to his family so he could attempt manage and hopefully counter the Parental Alienation dynamic occurring. Without the help of those services and systems which were completely ignorant or impotent to deal with the problem, this father describes the emotions experienced and explains how he worked to empower himself and ultimately reunite with his now fully adult children.

Mark Drejza

03:45 PM
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04:30 PM

Panel discussion

Independence Ballroom

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In this panel, each of the parental alienation specialists who presented earlier in the day will be available to answer questions from the audience. Throughout the day, the audience will be provided with index cards to write their questions on and selected questions will be presented to the panelists.

Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D.

Ashish Joshi, LL.M

Linda Gottleib, LMFT, LCSW

Steve Miller

William Bernet, M.D.

04:45 PM
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05:00 PM

Closing - Day 1

Independence Ballroom

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Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D.

08:15 AM
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08:30 AM

Welcome day 2

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Welcome on day 2

Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D.

08:30 AM
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08:45 AM
Track : Day 2: Research Track

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

Independence Ballroom A

The aim of this presentation is to summarize the outcomes of three research projects completed in the Family and Interpersonal Research Lab at the University of Tasmania.  These projects consist of an international sample of alienated children, parents and grandparents who described in detail their experience of parental alienation.  All three generations described themes of grief and loss, mental health difficulties, family violence and interactions with services that have little understanding of their plight. Some of the challenges faced by researchers in the lab and our solutions to these challenges will also be described.

Mandy Mathewson, Ph.D.

08:30 AM
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09:15 AM
Track : Day 2: Legal Track

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

Independence Ballroom C

The field of parental alienation continues to evolve—scientifically, clinically, and legally. As it matures, professionals who specialize in this area have come to understand that many aspects of this phenomenon are not as straightforward as they might seem, especially to those who lack a deep understanding of the many counter intuitive issues. Indeed, warnings by specialists that the field is “profoundly counter-intuitive” (“highly” does not do it justice) are typically misunderstood—mistaken for reminders to “be careful,” as if one can safely tiptoe through a minefield by treading lightly. This misses the scientific point that if a discipline is counter-intuitive that means one should not rely on intuition—including professional intuition—unless it is highly-sophisticated, specialist-level intuition, coupled with proper scientific analysis. That is all the more true in fields such as mental health and law that often invoke simplistic heuristic thinking (“Back off and they’ll come to you”) and deficient models such as the High Conflict Model (“If only these parents loved their children as much as they hate each other”) for understanding complex clinical problems. Indeed, when dealing with alienation, those who rely on intuition are likely to make serious errors. Although this is becoming well-known with respect to the clinical issues, it is less well-known with respect to the legal issues. Consequently, this presentation will focus on a number of legal issues that are likely to be profoundly counter intuitive to even the best attorneys unless they specialize in the legal aspects of parental alienation and related matters.

Ashish Joshi, LL.M

Steve Miller

Track : Day 2: Targeted Parents

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

Liberty III & IV

Sandra Moon Dancer, B.Sc., M.H.Sc.

08:30 AM
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09:45 AM
Track : Day 2: Clinical Track

Panel: Crazy making issues in alienation that confound treatment and intervention

Liberty I & II

Due to the numerous counter-intuitive issues arising in alienation cases, one profoundly deleterious result is “unwitting professional collusion with the alienating parent,” thereby exacerbating the alienation--often beyond repair. Non-specialists in alienation are particularly susceptible to becoming co-opted by the alienating parent, who presents well, while the alienated parent, who is a trauma victim, may present poorly. This problem cannot be overstated. We have experienced all too many cases in which a mental health professional had contributed to “a climate of fear, hatred, and terror” that lead to a substantial negative impact on the relationship between the child and alienated parent and supported the child’s “refusal and resistance to parenting time with good, loving, and safe parents.” This panel will provide tips to alienated parents and to their lawyers about how to negotiate the anti-therapeutic “triangulating trap.” Real case examples will be presented in which 3rd party collusion resulted in catastrophic results, such as “the death of one or more family members.” “Manufactured family scripts” incorporating bizarre, fabricated, and sadistic revisionist history that effectively cooped the professional will be discussed.

Amy Van Gunst

Ben W Burgess

Linda Gottleib, LMFT, LCSW

Randy Flood

Shawn Wygant, MA, TLLP

08:45 AM
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09:15 AM
Track : 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

Independence Ballroom A

"Estimating the prevalence of parental alienation is challenging because not all children who are exposed to parental alienating behaviors become alienated (Harman et al., 2019). The purpose of the current study was to determine the proportion of adults who indicate being alienated from a child using three national on-line panels that are representative of adults from the United States (two polls) and Canada (one poll), and to determine the mental health impact of parental alienating behaviors. Results from the first two polls indicate that the prevalence of parents who feel they are being alienated from their children is higher than originally estimated: 35.5% (of 273) in the U.S. and 32% (of 397) in Canada. Using another means of assessment for the third poll, we found that 39.1% (of 594) of parents in the US are the non-reciprocating targets of parental alienating behaviors, which is over 22 million parents and confirms previous estimates that did not differentiate between reciprocating and non-reciprocating parents (Harman, Leder-Elder, & Biringen, 2016). Of these, 6.7% of the parents had children who were moderately to severely alienated, which is at least 1.3% of the US population. We also found alienated parents had greater levels of depression, trauma symptoms, and risk for suicide. Discussion will center on the ramifications of these findings for researchers and practitioners, and the need to differentiate between families in which parental alienating behaviors are reciprocal (typically resulting in loyalty conflicts) versus non-reciprocal (typically resulting in parental alienation).

Jennifer J. Harman

09:15 AM
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09:45 AM
Track : Day 2: Research Track

Research Brief: Confusion and consensus over definitions

Independence Ballroom A

"One of the most frequent criticisms of parental alienation (PA)—even by believers in the concept—is that “the lack of consensus on the definitions of alienation and the use of varying non standardized measures limit the ability of researchers to conduct methodologically sound research in this area.” In this workshop, proposed definitions for the following terms will be presented and discussed: parental alienation theory; parental alienation; alienating behaviors; mild, moderate, and severe levels of parental alienation; mild, moderate, and severe levels of alienating behavior. Also, the Five-Factor Model for the identification or diagnosis of parental alienation, which consists of: (1) the child manifests contact refusal; (2) the presence of a prior positive relationship between the child and the now rejected parent; (3) the absence of abuse or neglect or seriously deficient parenting on the part of the now rejected parent; (4) the use of multiple alienating behaviors on the part of the favored parent; and (5) the exhibition of many of the eight behavioral manifestations of alienation by the child. Attempts will be made to reach consensus regarding the terminology and definitions."

William Bernet, M.D.

Track : Day 2: Targeted Parents

Shame: A powerful tool in the Alienator’s Toolbox

Liberty III & IV

Margaret Jones

09:15 AM
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10:00 AM
Track : Day 2: Legal Track

How to explain false abuse claims to judges

Independence Ballroom C

False allegations of child abuse create significant challenges in cases of suspected parental alienation. Helping triers of fact overcome these challenges involves assisting them in understanding what the science says about (1) how fictitious allegations of abuse can be created within an alienating parent-child relationship, (2) how false memories of abuse can be induced in children who are exposed to alienating strategies and brainwashing techniques, (3) what happens to children when Courts fail to resolve abuse allegations in a timely manner, and (4) what forms of intervention Courts can take to stop the formation and maintenance of false allegations of abuse. This presentation unpacks the empirical scientific literature and relevant case law concerning false memory induction of abuse in alienated children as well as the techniques most frequently used by alienating parents to manufacture false narratives of abuse that casts them in the role of rescuer, the target parent in the role of villain, and the alienated child in the role of victim.

Ben W Burgess

Shawn Wygant, MA, TLLP

09:45 AM
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10:00 AM
Track : Day 2: Research Track

AM break

Independence Foyer

09:45 AM
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10:05 AM
Track : Day 2: Clinical Track

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

Liberty I & II

Alienating behaviors have become more prevalent within families going through separation and divorce. The child may distance or reject a parent due to one parent influencing the child against the other. The literature may suggest a need for specialized treatment protocols for rejection cases, but empirically supported models are difficult to find; therefore, many utilize their own clinical methods. It has been common to diagnose and pathologize parents engaging in these alienating behaviors, but it is believed here that this brings about defensiveness, which is detrimental to reunification. The goal of Beneficently-Enhanced-Agency Reunification (BEAR) Therapy is to bring together and facilitate quality contact-time between child and parent, maintaining the respect and dignity of all parties, while minimizing the need for defensiveness, through the avoidance of terms with negative connotations. “Beneficence” is doing good for the parties and is a fundamental ethical principle for Mental Health Professionals. Treating the parties with respect and dignity, with no fault and no blame, the therapist beneficently guides the family down a path that avoids the need for adjudication. “Agency” as used here, is the ability of a family to take responsibility for itself, make appropriate choices in the child’s best interest, form consensual agreement to better the current circumstances, and take the initiative to act on those choices. Whereas Agency is empowering for the family, deferring to a court is dis-empowering. The most severe cases, where neither BEAR Therapy nor any other therapy can help, may ultimately require environmental modification through court order.

Walter Camos

09:45 AM
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10:15 AM
Track : Day 2: Targeted Parents

Forgiveness: The key to a better tomorrow

Liberty III & IV

Chris Andexler

10:00 AM
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10:15 AM
Track : Day 2: Legal Track

AM break

Independence Foyer

10:00 AM
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10:45 AM
Track : Day 2: Research Track

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

Independence Ballroom A

A survey study was conducted in which close to 400 mental health professionals with experience with phsyically abused children answered a series of questions about the actions and attitudes of abused children towards their maltreating parents. This presentation will present two sets of analyses. In the first, the items on the survey will be looked as either attachment-enhancing or attachment-disrupting and analyses will be presented to address the hypothesis that abused children will be more likely to exhibit attachment enhancing than attachment-disrupting behaviors. In the second set of analyses, the hypothesis will be tested that abused children do not exhibit the 8 behavioral manifestations of parental alienation. The findings are presented in the context of child maltreatment theory in which abused children become "bonded to the abuser" and in light of the four-factor model of parental alienation.

Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D.

Steve Miller

10:05 AM
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10:20 AM
Track : Day 2: Clinical Track

AM break

Independence Foyer

10:15 AM
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11:00 AM
Track : Day 2: Legal Track

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

Independence Ballroom C

Alienators win custody of children most of the time. This workshop will teach attorneys and targeted parents how specialized parental alienation coaches increase their chances to retain their custody and emotional relationships, while also saving money by reducing the number of court dates. Targeted parents are being attacked and are in a family crisis. This trauma and enormous stress are disabling due to fear, hurt, outrage, and bewilderment. Alienators have many advantages as they have been preparing for this battle for years, they perceive their life as dependent on winning, they don’t recognize or care about damaging the children (or the other parent), and they don’t follow any rules. Alienators are effective at setting up traps and tricking targeted parents to react in ways that strengthen the legal case against them (including restraining orders and criminal charges) and strengthen and solidify the children’s loyalty contract against them. Coaches assist with social science research, client management, teaching smart responses and proactive strategies to counter the alienator’s tactics and narratives that cause the children’s hurtful and hateful rejection, and create “negative advocate” therapists, school officials, extended family, neighbors, and other professionals. Coaches assist in trial strategy, and relevant evidence identification, collection, and formatting. Parental education helps with coping and for the processes of forensic evaluations, parent coordination, litigation, and testimony. Winning child access in court is only half the battle, coaches also help prevent the indoctrination of the child to reject a parent they love--winning the heart and mind too.

Brian Hart

Randy Flood

10:15 AM
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10:30 AM
Track : Day 2: Targeted Parents

AM break

Independence Foyer

10:20 AM
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12:00 PM
Track : Day 2: Clinical Track

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

Liberty I & II

There are several reasons why traditional reunification therapy is contraindicated for treatment of severe cases of parental alienation and most moderate cases. One fundamental reason is that the alienating parent, who is the cause of the alienation, is usually let off the hook while attention is paid only to the symptom--“the relationship problem” between the child and the alienated parent. Such an approach is rarely, if ever, successful. Each panelist in this presentation will discuss an intervention tool intended to hold the alienating parent accountable for having caused the alienation and which requires the alienating parent to make prompt, remedial behavioral changes.

Amy Van Gunst

Colleen Murray

Joani Kloth Zanard, MFT

Linda Gottleib, LMFT, LCSW

10:30 AM
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12:00 AM
Track : Day 2: Targeted Parents

Legal Panel: Preparing your case and withstanding cross examination

Liberty III & IV

Andrew Bossory

Ashish Joshi, LL.M

Demosthenes Lorandos, Ph.D., J.D.

Shazia Sparkman

10:45 AM
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12:00 AM
Track : Day 2: Research Track

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

Independence Ballroom A

In this group discussion we will explore what the pressing issues are for the field.

Jennifer J. Harman

Mary Alvarez

Stephen Morrison

11:00 AM
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12:00 AM
Track : Day 2: Legal Track

Preparing clients for and critiquing child custody evaluations

Independence Ballroom C

PA and high conflict custody cases are complicated by the interactions with non-family actors who can wield enormous influence on outcomes. Sorting out truth from fiction and managing the processes and influences of these key players is essential in ensuring a favorable outcome to the case. This paper will examine the typical and atypical roles played by others and provide practical and legal (procedural and substantive) guidance on how to manage these processes. Areas of focus include: children's counsel, child protection authorities, police, parenting coordinators, therapists, and custody evaluators.

Brian Ludmer

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

Lunch

Benjamins

Track : Day 2: Legal Track

Lunch

Benjamins

Track : Day 2: Clinical Track

Lunch

Benjamins

Track : Day 2: Targeted Parents

Lunch

Benjamins

01:30 PM
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02:00 PM
Track : Day 2: Research Track

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

Independence Ballroom A

There is a growing body of research concerning parental alienation in the severe range, but there is relatively little research beyond descriptions of the behavioral characteristics of children considered to be in the mild or moderate range of parent rejection. Resetting the Family was founded in order to promote the science and research on mild/moderate parent rejection or alienation, as well as to create educational programming based upon what we understand to date about parents and children for whom it has been determined that the parent rejection is in the mild to moderate range. The program is educational for both parents and children and utilizes a variety of modalities that focus on perception, problem-solving, critical thinking skills, and new skills acquisition.  

Christine Turner, MSW, JD

Jennifer J. Harman

Mary Alvarez

Track : Day 2: Clinical Track

Stop believing the alienating parent: Making real change that sticks

Independence I & II

Treatment approaches that attempt to reconnect alienated parents with their children sometimes create this through an effort to effect changes by means of monitoring it so that it will start to occur and continue to evolve. Try to imagine a therapeutic approach that induces “spontaneous” change in parents, following which children reestablish a relationship with their target parent, without the effort or supervision of either parent, professionals or courts. We have recently started to develop an approach to treat alienated parents using principles from systemic and strategic therapy, and from a philosophy that places “relational ethics” at the center of therapy. Our assumption is that difficulties between a child and its targeted parent are not related to this dyad, but rather express the unresolved conflict between the divorced couple. In light of this, we do not deal at all with the relationship between target parent and child, but start immediately to confront the unresolved marital conflict. Our approach makes extensive use of confrontational questions, paradoxes, absurdities, stories and metaphors. In co-therapy we confront couples with the unethical use of their children to avenge or punish the other parent. We find that since starting to treat families this way, our treatments have become lighter, more creative, and much more effective. In a number of cases, we succeeded in renewing a relationship spontaneously within a few days. This presentation will provide an overview and numerous examples of this technique.

Amittai Megged

Shuly Megged, MSW

01:30 PM
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02:30 PM
Track : Day 2: Legal Track

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

Independence Ballroom C

The panel members will give a brief presentation on their experiences in dealing with PA cases in their respective jurisdictions: Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden. Their presentation will discuss the unique challenges and opportunities that confront the professionals—social workers, mental health professionals, judges—when dealing with PA cases in these European jurisdictions. The panel will open the floor for questions and / or discussion following their presentation.

Ashish Joshi, LL.M

Jorge Guerra

Karen Woodall

Lena Hellblom Sjögren

Marie-France Carlier

02:00 PM
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03:00 PM
Track : Day 2: Research Track

Passing a Daubert hearing

Independence Ballroom A

In this presentation/demonstration a brief history of the Daubert ruling will be provided along with a discussion of the key elements of a Daubert hearing . Examples of how to answer questions pertaining to the scientific foundation of parental alienation theory will be offered. There will be opportunity for the audience members to practice and to get feedback from the presenter about how to handle particularly challenging questions on the stand.

Demosthenes Lorandos, Ph.D., J.D.

Track : Day 2: Clinical Track

Panel: Active ingredients in clinical interventions

Independence I & II

Effective treatment is further complicated by the frequent pattern of false allegations of child harm or abuse that are typically alleged in alienation cases. Two highly skillful therapists will share their unique, effective interventions (or the active ingredients) of their therapeutic interventions. One panelist will introduce differential assessment protocols that will enable discovery of why the child is rejecting. Interventions will be identified that will bring about the best outcomes for the child by challenging the pathological enmeshment between the alienating parent and child. In other words, the audience will learn techniques that disrupt the dysfunctional family dynamics of boundary violations, identification with the aggressor, and pathological splitting. Another panelist will present a method that will assist therapists to mitigate criticism and impeachment of their findings and opinions. This method--the video recording of interviews and the treatment--serves numerous purposes. The method: eliminates the claim of clinician subjectivity, facilitates assessment and insight, enables more effective follow-up sessions, mitigates therapeutic stagnation, substitutes for the elusive paper trail, and provides incontrovertible support for the clinician.

Colleen Murray

Nick Woodall, MA

Track : Day 2: Targeted Parents

Attendance at the clinical track session on clinical approaches

Indepence III & IV

02:30 PM
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03:00 PM
Track : Day 2: Legal Track

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

Independence Ballroom C

Judge (Retired) Philip Marcus of the Jerusalem Family Court will present on a pilot scheme that is currently in practice in the Tel Aviv Family Court for cases where PA has been alleged. Judge Marcus will discuss how these cases are not only referred to a specialist judge in a fast-track mode, but also enjoy unique features, including expedited deadlines for responsive pleadings and a hearing, reversal of burden of proof (where the alleged alienator has to prove that contact failure is a result of the alienated parent’s conduct), judicial fact-finding on the presence of PA, immediate intervention and remedial steps when required, and last but not least, sanctions for non-compliance with court orders. The presentation will show how the scheme works and how it results in savings of court time and expense for the parties, by using case management techniques without changing court rules.

Philip Marcus

03:00 PM
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03:15 PM
Track : Day 2: Research Track

PM break

Independence Foyer

Track : Day 2: Legal Track

PM break

Independence Foyer

Track : Day 2: Clinical Track

PM break

Independence Foyer

Track : Day 2: Targeted Parents

PM break

Independence Foyer

03:15 PM
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03:45 PM
Track : Day 2: Research Track

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

Independence Ballroom A

In this study we examined whether regular divorces can be distinguished from high-conflict divorces by measuring the intensity of emotions that divorced parents report when thinking about their ex-partner. We recruited two groups of parents; n = 136 in a regular divorce, and n = 191 in a high-conflict divorce. Based on the existing literature, we predicted that parents in high-conflict divorces experience more intense emotions than parents in regular divorces; especially emotions that motivate social distancing (contempt, disgust, anger, hatred, and rage) and emotions that impair self-regulation (fear, shame, guilt, and sadness). Given that some of the data were nested within couples, we conducted multilevel modelling analyses and found our hypothesis confirmed. Next, we examined the relation between emotions of divorced parents and co-parenting concerns and found a significant interaction effect between divorce group (regular vs. high-conflict divorce) and co-parenting concerns, but only so on social distancing emotions. Parents in a high-conflict divorce reported more co-parenting concerns than parents in a regular divorce, but the interaction showed that this was surprisingly so especially when social distancing emotions were low. These findings suggest that measuring the intensity of social distancing emotions may serve as an early screening tool, identifying parents at risk for a high-conflict divorce, and through this baseline, repeated measures may also serve as follow-up for determining the effectiveness of interventions. Future longitudinal research, may provide insight in the causality and direction of the association between social distancing emotions and co-parenting concerns."

Heleen Koppejan Luitze

Track : Day 2: Clinical Track

A new assessment tool

Liberty I & II

Eric Rothfus

Lisa Rothfus

Loretta Maase, MA, LPC, NCC

03:15 PM
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04:00 PM
Track : Day 2: Legal Track

Preparing to confront the adverse mental health professional(s)

Independence Ballroom C

"Alienating parents often are not alone in their campaign to undermine the relationship between a child and the target parent. Frequently, they procure the assistance of mental health professionals to further their goals. Sometimes, this triangulation of professionals may take place without the professional ever truly knowing what has happened and are duped into believing they are “protecting” a child from a dangerous parent. The harm an uninformed and manipulated mental health professional can cause to a target parent’s case is tremendous, particularly with fact-findings who are not well-versed in the complex and far-reaching strategies employed by alienators. This workshop will provide guidance for counsel of target parents who may be confronted with a mental health professional supporting the alienator’s agenda (regardless as to whether that support is intentional or unintentional). An uninformed mental health professional working alongside the alienator – if left unchecked – can cause irreparable harm to a case, particularly if the therapist is savvy enough to use a buzzword such as “best interest” in his or her recommendations. Development of strategies for discovery of records, handling claims of privilege to shield records from the target parent, and weaving that information into useful examination are tools necessary for counsel to have in order to effectively engage an adverse mental health professional.

Andrew Bossory

Cory Sprunger J.D.

Track : Day 2: Targeted Parents

Panel discussions by targeted parents

Indepence III & IV

Cara Koch

Mark Drejza

Maureen MacNeill

Rob Lowden

Sandra Moon Dancer, B.Sc., M.H.Sc.

03:45 PM
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04:15 PM
Track : Day 2: Research Track

Research Brief: Using the PARQ measure in PA research

Independence Ballroom A

The Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire (PARQ) is a widely used measure of a child (or adult child’s) experience with each parent. The measure has been used throughout the world to capture the extent to which a child experiences loves and acceptance from each parent. Scores on the PARQ measure have been found to be reliable and valid through hundreds of studies of children and adults in the US and abroad. This presentation will provide some basic information about the composition and use of the PARQ measure as well as a brief presentation of how the measure has been used in research specifically in the field of parental alienation. In one such study, the PARQ was administered to alienated children, neglected children, children in intact homes, and children of divorce. In that study the PARQ was used to measure splitting (the extent to which a child idealizes one parent and demonizes the other). The findings strongly supported the notion that alienated children would exhibit higher rates of splitting than children in any of the other three groups including children who were neglected by a parent. The presentation will also explore and discuss ideas for future studies in the field of parental alienation in which the PARQ measure would be a valuable tool.

Joani Kloth Zanard, MFT

03:45 PM
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04:30 PM
Track : Day 2: Clinical Track

Panel: Working with adult alienated children

Independence I & II

Joe Rabiega

Karen Woodall

Linda Gottleib, LMFT, LCSW

Suzanne Spencer

03:55 PM
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04:30 PM
Track : Day 2: Clinical Track

Assessment tool

Liberty I & II

Eric Rothfus

Lisa Rothfus

Loretta Maase, MA, LPC, NCC

04:00 PM
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04:30 PM
Track : Day 2: Legal Track

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

Independence Ballroom C

The problems with the family court system are known to many, especially families affected by parental alienation. Favored parents lie in court, many professionals are uncaring and/or ineffectual, restraining orders and allegations of abuse can be used as weapons not shields. Often, the courts make everything worse instead of better. In this panel, ten suggestions for improving the family court process are offered as practical and doable things targeted parents and their advocates can be asking for right now, using better business practices and without the requirement to pass major legislation's in each state.

Catherine MacWillie

04:00 PM
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05:00 PM
Track : Day 2: Targeted Parents

Discussion via small groups about pressing issues for targeted parents

Independence III & IV

Sandra Moon Dancer, B.Sc., M.H.Sc.

04:15 PM
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05:00 PM
Track : Day 2: Research Track

Discussion: Involving the next generation of researchers and funders

Independence Ballroom A

In this group discussion, the moderator will lead the participants in large and/or small group activities to help identify how to attract and engage the next generation of researchers and funders to the field.

Stephen Morrison

04:30 PM
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05:00 PM
Track : Day 2: Legal Track

Closing - Q and A with lawyers

Independence Ballroom C

This session will allow the participants to ask a panel of attorneys questions that haven't been addressed over the course of the day.

Andrew Bossory

Ashish Joshi, LL.M

Brian Ludmer

Cory Sprunger J.D.

Track : Day 2: Clinical Track

Common clinical mistakes

Independence I & II

Joshua Coleman

05:00 PM
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05:15 PM
Track : Day 2: Research Track

Closing - Day 2

Independence Ballroom A

Track : Day 2: Clinical Track

Closing - Day 2

Independence I & II

Track : Day 2: Targeted Parents

Closing - Day 2

Independence III & IV

08:30 AM
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09:00 AM

Welcome day 3

Independence Ballroom

$0.00

Day 3 willl open with brief presentation from each of the four tracks which were the focus of Day 2 (research, clinical, legal, and targeted parents).

09:15 AM
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10:00 AM

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

Independence Ballroom

$0.00

Three leaders of PA support groups (New Jersey, California, and Colorado) will share their experiences, highlighting the challenges and opportunities for those seeking to provide support to targeted parents.

Anna Tivade, MSW

Cindy Hirsch

Sandra Moon Dancer, B.Sc., M.H.Sc.

10:00 AM
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10:15 AM

AM break

Independence Foyer

$0.00

10:15 AM
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11:00 AM

Parental alienation in the US courts

Independence Ballroom

$0.00

"Two hundred fifteen years ago, the first case resembling parental alienation (PA) was fought out in the courts of England. Child psychiatrist Richard Gardner published his first paper on alienation syndrome in 1985. Since Gardner’s contribution, there have been hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, chapters in scholarly books, presentations at professional meetings, But in the last twenty-five years a meme has developed that PA does not exist, and if it does, expert testimony about it cannot pass Frye, Mohan or Daubert. How do we reconcile this contradiction? One way to do that is to look at the legal opinions of hundreds of courts regarding this topic. The purpose of this study was to ascertain the scope and treatment of PA cases in the United States. Do the courts in the United States find the construct PA material in high-conflict cases? Is the construct PA found to be relevant in high-conflict custody cases? Is expert evidence on the construct is deemed material, probative, relev discussed at all or merely mentioned? To answer these and related questions, a study was conducted to gather all cases in the US in which PA was mentioned, following explicit inclusion/exclusion criteria. This presentation will present the results of the analyses of the selected cases."

Demosthenes Lorandos, Ph.D., J.D.

11:00 AM
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12:00 AM

Panel - Parental alienation: International issues

Independence Ballroom

$0.00

The early history of parental alienation scholarship was driven by the contributions of specific individuals, whose work occurred during 1985-2005.  This panel discussion features these early writers and researchers or, in some cases, their surrogates.  In roughly chronological order, each panel member will briefly relate their role in the developing understanding of parental alienation.  The panel will consist of:  Richard A. Gardner, M.D. (represented by Demosthenes Lorandos, Ph.D., J.D.); Barry Bricklin, Ph.D.; Wilfrid von Boch Galhau, M.D.; David L. Levy, J.D. (represented by Mark D. Roseman, Ph.D.); John Dunne, M.D.; and Olga Odinetz, Ph.D.  There will be an opportunity for the panel members to talk among themselves and to answer questions from participants of the conference.

Ashish Joshi, LL.M

Jorge Guerra

Lena Hellblom Sjögren

Nick Child

12:00 PM
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01:30 PM
01:30 PM
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02:15 PM

Panel: Historical highlights

Independence Ballroom

$0.00

The early history of parental alienation scholarship was driven by the contributions of specific individuals, whose work occurred during 1985-2005.  This panel discussion features these early writers and researchers or, in some cases, their surrogates.  In roughly chronological order, each panel member will briefly relate their role in the developing understanding of parental alienation.  The panel will consist of:  Richard A. Gardner, M.D. (represented by Demosthenes Lorandos, Ph.D., J.D.); Barry Bricklin, Ph.D.; Wilfrid von Boch Galhau, M.D.; David L. Levy, J.D. (represented by Mark D. Roseman, Ph.D.); John Dunne, M.D.; and Olga Odinetz, Ph.D.  There will be an opportunity for the panel members to talk among themselves and to answer questions from participants of the conference.

John Dunne, Dr.

Mark David Roseman, Dr.

William Bernet, M.D.

02:15 PM
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03:15 PM

Panel Discussion: PA and the media

Independence Ballroom

$0.00

Parental alienation is a widespread family problem that effects children, parents, and extended family members. The effects of parental alienation are long-term and can be devastating for the both the child and the family as well as the large society. Despite its prevalence and negative impact, there have been significant challenges in drawing attention to the problem that is commensurate with its scope and impact. This panel will explore some of those challenges and will highlight opportunities for moving forward. strategies to more effectively communicate with the media and general public will be discussed, and case studies will be presented.

Ginger Gentile

WILLIAM J. McGEE

03:15 PM
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03:30 PM

PM break

Independence Foyer

$0.00

03:30 PM
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04:15 PM

Top ten strategies for addressing PA

Independence Ballroom

$0.00

For three decades, research on parental alienation has discussed a range of aspects of this phenomenon including what it is, how it arises and how it affects children or parents in the short and long term. There has been debate too about the term itself, how to define it and about its relationship to other better-known concepts. Although academics involved in this field tend to be unusually passionate or even evangelical about it and about raising public awareness, what seems to have been largely lacking is agreement as to a coordinated, strategic approach that focuses on the best ways to minimize or eliminate parental alienation. This presentation provides a preliminary overview of the relative success of different ways of dealing with Parental Alienation - from reunification programs to specialist conferences to educational programs - to create a list of the most (and the less) effective strategies for conquering this insidious form of psychological abuse. In attempting to consider relative effectiveness, factors such as the numbers of individuals reached or impacted and the resilience or retention of that impact are examined. The presentation will make the case that much greater coordination and much better communication are needed if the most successful strategies are to be adopted and effectively implemented.

David Curl, Ph. D.

04:15 PM
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05:00 PM

Closing remarks

Indepence Ballroom

$0.00

Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D.

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