This is going to be a big year in the field of parental alienation, in fact when we look back in five years time, this year will, in my view, be the tipping point, the year they heard about parental alienation, the year of no going back.

There is nothing difficult about recognising that a child does not reject a once loved parent unless there is pressure upon them from somewhere to do so.  Or so it seems to me.  But then I have been recognising this for years now and helping others to recognise it as well.  When one recognises it, when you ‘get it’, there is no going back from the understanding because when you understand what is really happening when a child is alienated, the recognition of the harm being done means that you have to act.

Acting on behalf of the child however is quite difficult still for professionals around the world.  Professionals are both unaware of the reality of how parental alienation affects children or what they can do about it.  It is tragic that in most countries, professionals with the power to change alienated children’s lives, still take too long and are far too timid in their approach to treatment.   Whilst there are many reasons for that timidity, lack of knowledge should not amongst them, lack of courage to help abused children should not be another.

Our work in the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners, is to build a membership and governance body which truly supports, protects and governs its members with all of the knowledge, expertise and training which is necessary.  Our work in partnership with other bodies around the world is designed to do the same and there are many such events being held to push global awareness of parental alienation around the world this year.  With our combined efforts it is becoming clearer that the problem of a child’s unjustified rejection of a parent is coming into sharp focus.  What to do about it is our most urgent task in education and awareness raising.  Here’s what is going on this year in this respect.

PASG2018 – Stockholm – August

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The Parental Alienation Study Group is made up of academics, researchers, writers, practitioners and parents who are interested in furthering the work in the field of parental alienation.  The second PASG conference is being held in Stockholm in August, leading experts will present their work and you can find out more about it by clicking on the image.  Booking is open now.

European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners 2018 – London – AugustScreen Shot 2018-02-26 at 17.26.54

This conference brings together leading experts in the field of parental alienation globally with leading legal and mental health people from Europe in a landmark conference focused upon the legal and mental health interlock which is necessary for successful management of parental alienation.  The conference introduces new concepts in diagnosis and treatment as well as presenting case management from Europe including Romania where parental alienation has been made illegal. Find out more by clicking the image.  Booking opens this week.

Simply Parent Conference – Fort Collins USA – JuneScreen Shot 2018-02-26 at 17.16.54

This is THE conference for the USA and around the world which focuses upon the campaign to push awareness of parental alienation over the tipping point.  Nick and I will be there along with others in the field.  Find out more by clicking on the image.  Booking is open shortly.

PAAR Conference Tasmania – October

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This is THE conference for those working with the issue of parental alienation in Australia and New Zealand.  This conference looks at the problem of parental alienation through the lens of family violence an essential aspect of understanding and educating others about parental alienation.  This conference will also feature key in the moment research from the University of Tasmania.  Nick and I will be travelling to be there and to  also deliver training and workshops for parents in Australia.   You can find out more by clicking on the image and bookings open shortly.

Around all of these conferences,  people are working incredibly hard to raise awareness, build frameworks for change and introduce new approaches to the problem.  Research, writing, curating thinking, bring solutions to the problem of parental alienation around the world is the daily work for people who truly care about children and family around the world.

With so much going on we are beginning to ramp up the pressure upon those who work with alienated children and their families everywhere.  We are approaching the tipping point of change in awareness which opens the door to changes in policy and practice.

One movement, many hands.

The year of change. 2018.

The year we did it together.