Practitioner Training Opportunities 2018

2018 is going to be a very important year for the work we do to help children affected by parental alienation all over the world.

The Family Separation Clinic is leading the way in making learning opportunities available directly to practitioners who work with families and is hosting and participating in a number of key events around the world.  We are also collaborating with other leading organisations in this field to bring about the change we wish to see in the world for children and families affected by the alienation dynamic.

New Training Opportunity for Practitioners in Europe

Two Day Practitioner Training in Antwerp – April 27/28 2018

Led by Karen and Nick Woodall from the Family Separation Clinic

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

This is a two day intensive training for professionals who already hold a qualification in the helping therapies.

Designed to strengthen awareness of the complexities of cases in which children refuse a relationship with a parent after separation, this course introduces you to the model of the work which is used by the Family Separation Clinic in London. It additionally enables understanding of how this model of work can be adapted to suit different legislative frameworks.

This course is suitable for those who are already working as expert witnesses in the family court system and those who wish to learn how to use differentiation routes to treat the problem of a child’s resistance to parental relationships after family separation.

Learning Outcomes:
• knowledge of parental alienation in worldwide research
• awareness of how international standards of intervention translate into different legal settings
• understanding of the legal and mental health interlock in case management of parental alienation
• ability to conclude differentiation processes and develop treatment routes response

Date: 27/28 April 2018

Location: Central Antwerp

Timing: 10am to 5pm daily

Cost: £550 (including sales tax)

Places: 12

Book Here

Why You Should Train with Karen And Nick Woodall
Training with Karen and Nick provides you with expertise which is second to none in the field of parental alienation. Drawing upon their joint expertise and proven experience in reunification of alienated children and their families, Karen and Nick enable you to understand at depth, the reality of the problem of parental alienation and the solutions you can use to resolve these very difficult cases. Using knowledge from their research work and successful outcomes in court in the United Kingdom, as well as their extensive work with key experts around the world, Karen and Nick offer a training which is unlike any other in this arena. Bringing to life the issues facing children through the use of case histories as well as providing detailed information about the model of work which they have developed with families, each training day is packed with experiential learning and evidence based skill sets.

In addition Karen and Nick Woodall are the authors of the handbook for parents and practitioners – Understanding Parental Alienation: Learning to Cope, Helping to Heal (2017) Charles Thomas Illinois and the co-founders of the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners which launches in August 2018 in London. Karen and Nick are also currently curating standards of practice in this field for the Parental Alienation Studies Group.

What People Say About This Training
Though working very hard, but it was sooo worth it, I loved training with Nick & Karen Woodall !!

3 days offers a lot of learning , shaping, adapting! THE course if you are working with families!

Collette – Holland

I didn’t think there could be so much to learn, my mind is buzzing with the concepts and the knowledge and I can’t wait to put it all into practice.

Jillian –  USA

Wow. Just Wow. I have learned so much and am so excited to know that this issue I have been trying to get to grips with in my practice is manageable and actually treatable.

David – UK

There is no-one with more experience in doing this work than Karen and Nick Woodall, they don’t just talk about it, they actually do it and teach what they do in this course!

Alexa – London

 Learning and Events Calendar  2018

We are currently scheduling all of our training for 2018 and you will shortly be able to download a calendar.  For now, our programme is taking shape as follows –

March 6th and 13th One Day Practitioner Training in Belfast and London

April 27/28 – Antwerp Two Day Practitioner Training

May – Amsterdam – by application only – A Three Day Intensive Training in Family Separation Clinic Reunification Programme. Details To be announced shortly.

June  11-15 – UK Alienated Mothers Retreat in Somerset –  book here (limited places left)

July – 1-15th California Trainings, to be announced.

August 23-24 Parental Alienation Studies Group Conference 2018 Stockholm

August 30/31 Moving Upstream EAPAP Conference London 

October 10-13  Lost in the Fog  EMMF Conference Australia 

October 15-28 Australian trainings to be announced.




  1. Hi I was wondering how to obtain Skype counseling
    I’m in the US and am an alienated mother.
    I filled out an inquiry on line but haven’t heard back


    1. Hi Stacy, My apologies, we have all had flu in the past two weeks, I will check now and ask Chloe to be in touch with you. In the meantime could you email and mark it urgent so that we can tie up the contacts and respond to you. Many thanks Karen


  2. Hi Karen
    I have sent you an email requesting details of the training in Belfast. Can you please tell me where and the times of the training and criteria for eligibility on this training course. Thanks


  3. Hi Karen,

    I came to your parent course helpling to cope and heal in December last year (London). As an alienated parent, I want to be able to help other people . I am also a teacher I feel that informing people about this problem and my experiences is really important to help me deal with this. At your request, I emailed the clinic but have not had a response about getting the resources you mentioned.

    I understand that you must be so busy but wondered if you could spare some time to help.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind regards,



    1. Hi Matthew, unfortunately we have all had flu since mid January and have been very unwell. This has delayed all of our work and put us behind on responding to the many emails we receive. We are slowly trying to catch up, I will flag with the office that you have emailed and we will do our best to respond I this coming week. Kind Regards Karen


    1. Look out for our spring schedule Rebecca, we are coming to the west coast in spring, then to Toronto later in the year. K


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