Best Practice in Work with Alienated Children and Families – Israel

As the third conference of the European Association of Parental Alienation Practitioners draws closer this is an article from Parental Alienation Europe, the Newsletter of EAPAP.

In Israel, colleagues are working with psychoanalytic understanding and trauma informed practice to bring about positive resolutions in cases of child alienation and relational trauma in divorce and separation.

Here, Dr Benny Bailey and Dr Inbal Kivenson Bar-On write about their experience of this work and about the challenges and outcomes for children and families that are created when therapeutic practice is configured correctly. Dr Bailey and Dr Kivenson Bar-On, write of the wide spectrum of cases they work with and the position in Israel in relationship to acceptance of the concept of alienation and the way in which it is recognised in the family courts and treated in Israel.

Dr Bailey and Dr Kivenson will present a paper on their work at the EAPAP conference in September.

Perspectives from Israel

Controlling twelve horses running and pulling a wagon about to break, with us as the driver, is a metaphor that can be related to the practice of parent-child reunification and its various means. Over the past two years we have been heavily involved in dozens of cases as experts appointed by a family court, working with both rejected fathers and mothers. About half of these have entailed the severe alienation of parents who were disconnected from their children for over six months to five years……….

Dr. Benjamin Bailey is a social worker and a psychotherapist. He is a faculty member in the department of criminology at Western Galilee College, Acre, Israel.

Inbal Kivenson Bar-On, PhD, is a lecturer at University of Haifa, teaching at child disorder department and counselling and human development faculty.

Read the rest of the article here

You can book for the EAPAP Conference here
Details for how to book for the seminar for parents with Karen and Nick Woodall at the EAPAP conference will be available shortly.

3 thoughts on “Best Practice in Work with Alienated Children and Families – Israel

  1. I found the below paragraph particularly interesting.
    “Framed as narcissistic personality disorder, or borderline, or both or any other, these categories merely help us understand the heavy transference and countertransference we feel with these parents. “


    1. I am working through the list HF – depending on where you are it will be either with you this weekend or by Tuesday x


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