Understanding Parental Alienation – A One Day Practitioner Training in London on June 28th 2017




Led by Karen Woodall and Nick Woodall


Date: Wednesday 28 June 2017
Location: 50 Liverpool Street, London EC2M 7PY
Cost: £295 plus VAT
Places: 4/10 places left

Parental alienation is the complete unjustified rejection by a child of a parent who was once loved dearly. It is a dynamic seen in a particular group of families in which there are recognisable traits which cause the the problem. In the most severe cases of parental alienation a child will completely refuse to see a parent, resisting parental encouragement, professional intervention and even orders of the court, leading many to believe that it is not possible to intervene in such cases, especially with older children.

Parental alienation is caused by a combination of factors and is not simply the actions of one parent but the actions by one, the responses of the other and the vulnerability of the child. Recognition of this allows practitioners to learn how to differentiate and respond to the problem of parental alienation in a child whilst understanding the conditions necessary to produce effective change.

The Family Separation Clinic is a specialist agency working with alienated children and their families and has significant success in delivering positive outcomes for alienated children and their families. The Clinic has been involved in a number of residence transfer cases in which the care provided for the family has assisted children to reunite with a rejected parent and rebuild relationships with both parents on an ongoing basis. The Clinic also provides interventions in which children are assisted to move from a rejecting position into being cared for by both parents.

Drawing on extensive clinical knowledge in working directly with alienated children and their families, this one day practitioner training is designed to equip the practitioner who wishes to work in this field with a first level training that is in line with international standards of intervention. The training examines the research evidence and the translation of this into UK family law and includes case studies from practice.

Delivered by Karen Woodall who leads residence transfer care at the Family Separation Clinic and Nick Woodall who works with alienated children and their families in court cases, the training also includes an introduction to their forthcoming book Understanding Parental Alienation: Learning to Cope, Helping to Heal which is in press with Charles C Thomas, Illinois.

Due to the nature of this training which is intensive and detailed only ten places are available in the UK

Suitable for: counsellors and psychotherapists, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists.

Learning Outcomes:
1. knowledge of parental alienation in worldwide research
2. awareness of how international standards of intervention translate into a UK setting
understanding of the legal and mental health interlock in case management
3. ability to differentiate and build responses to the problem of parental alienation

Self care and protection in working in this field is an additional resource and practitioners attending will be invited to join the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners which is founded by the Family Separation Clinic to support recognised standards of practice in working with parental alienation across Europe.

Book at www.familyseparationclinic.co.uk or by emailing office@familyseparationclinic.co.uk


  1. Where you say “Parental alienation is caused by … not simply … , the responses of the other and …”, do you mean that specific “responses of the other (parent)” are required for alienation to form, or do you mean the responses of the other (parent) may or may not assist the alienation process?


    1. I mean that parental alienation does not happen outside of a triangle Jon, thus the responses from the rejected parent contribute for good or bad to the reaction in the child, that is NOT to say that those responses cause the alienation however, those responses are usually the best the parent has in difficult circumstances. But without that third dynamic alienation would not happen because the child is responding to two parents not one in most cases – which is why we work with rejected parents to help them to respond in the way which reduces the pressure on the child and the opportunities for the alienating parent to make use of the behaviours of that parent to rachet up the pressure on the child. K


      1. Can you please advise me where I can find a concentrated source of information on how the targeted parent should behave in order to minimise the contribution to the alienation? I’m interested mainly in the more severe end of the scale where the alienating parent has NPD/BPD and has parentified the child.


      2. with the caveat that this is about narcissistic abuse and not all alienation involves this.


      3. There appears to be trouble on the FB page I posted my links. I’m re-posting to my homepage.


    2. Karen, in hybrid alienation cases (which you’ve said elsewhere are more common than pure alienation cases), I presume the child is in an even worse situation, since they would be facing alienating behaviours from both parent’s, and as both parent’s are targeting each other, each parent would then in turn be displaying individual style responses to the tactics of the other, with the child(ren) caught in the cross fire and inevitably facing meltdown?


  2. I would love to be a fly on the wall for this training course. Can you put it on YouTube warts and all. I want to be there.

    I can personally recommend your course for target parents.
    It was a great relief to find some of the doubts and thoughts that had been going through my head were confirmed and validated by a professional.
    It was good to meet people with similar dilemmas, from all walks of life.
    Things that had never occurred to me became apparent.
    Most of all it gave me hope and re-assurance.
    And some five or so years later relationships with my children are ok. I grew to become the effective instigator of my own care package.
    Moving away from victim of my own circumstance I became empowered and more sure-footed, resilient to knock backs and defender of my children or should I say validator of their emotions.
    As I began to understand the behaviour of my former partner and that of my children I knew just where I had to concentrate my efforts.
    I moved away from facts (a bitter pill to swallow) and developed emotion coaching skills.
    Instead of being internally wrecked by the wretched things my former partner did or disheartened by the rebellious nature of my children I made my presence felt in a positive and re-assuring way.
    Kind regards
    I used to be an operator of a road haulage business, but since my break-up I have a new profession in mental health.


  3. Understanding parental alienation. A course for mental health practitioners.

    You may attract Cafcass workers from Nottinghamshire, West and South Yorkshire and Humberside. If this is the case I want you to be aware (if you are not already) of the kind of behaviours that they are prone to exhibit.
    I was shocked recently when a gentleman I am supporting applied to the court for permission to bring a court case to allow him to continue a normal father’s relationship with his children.
    He had just completed an Integrated domestic abuse programme (IDAP) and was told to submit it to Cafcass in support of his application. On applying to Cafcass an officer had a conversation with him over the phone. We are also led to believe the Cafcass officer had a similar conversation over the phone with the mother. On the strength of this the Cafcass Officer has written their report and submitted it to the parties concerned.
    There is nothing in the report that says anything positive about the father and the mother is made out to be entirely innocent, stressed and vulnerable. I know this to be false.
    Toward the end of the report it says and I quote “Cafcass has not had sight of the completed Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme report; I am not able to comment on what Mr ……. achieved if anything or what if anything was further recommended in terms of therapy or further work.”

    The basis of this gentleman’s application to the court is the results of the IDAP programme he was told to attend.
    Unfortunately, I am left to interpret this Cafcass officer’s behaviour of wanting to condemn the father and his relationship with his children as a given.
    Which brings me on to this course you are running for practitioners. If any of these characters from northern climes should achieve a rudimentary understanding of parental alienation I suggest they still lack the ability to see father’s as anything other than disposable and disreputable as is the wont of the mother. This labelling and presumptuousness and character assassination must stop. The mother may very well be fearful but that does not mean to say the father should be disposed of.

    Although the case I have described is not straightforward, the mother is an adept alienator and has a track record from a previous relationship where she also managed to disengage the father from his daughter.

    I despair.


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