One of the ways that we work at the Family Separation Clinic is to move upstream as much as we possibly can, to help parents whose children are struggling with transitions, before the psychological splitting reaction sets in.
Preventing an alienation reaction is so much more powerful and potent than treating it after it has set in and our assessment and therapeutic trial intervention plus psychological education is one way we achieve this.
Last year in France we held a retreat for new leaders in this field and we were, through our Netherland trainees, introduced to this beautiful little video which depicts the child’s experience in divorce and separation.
Since then we have tested it and used it as part of our assessment process to understand how parents recognise that it is their behaviours which must change in order to help the child.
Moving Upstream is the title of the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners first conference in London this year, at which experts in parental alienation from all over the world, will gather to discuss and shape best practice in this field. Our aim is to tackle the problem of parental alienation systemically, moving upstream to look at the legal frameworks and mental health research and interventions which can assist families affected by a child’s use of psychological splitting.
We are working hard, with the Parental Alienation Studies Group and with the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners, to bring new routes and remedies which are evidence based and rooted in empirical evidence to Europe and beyond.
I hope you enjoy this video. If you are a professional please feel free to use it in your work. The more people who see it the better.
Moving Upstream: A Conference for Professionals who work with the problem of a child’s resistance or rejection of a relationship with a parent after separation. London 2018. Book Here.
PASG2018 A Conference for all professionals interested in Parental Alienation and its solutions. Stockholm 2018. Book Here.