This edited volume is written by and for mental health professionals who work directly with alienated children and their parents. The chapters are written by leaders in the field, all of whom know how vexing parental alienation can be for mental health professionals. No matter how the professional intersects with families affected by alienation, be it through individual treatment, reunification therapy, a school setting, or support groups, he or she needs to consider how to make proper assessments, how to guard against bias, and when and how to involve the court system, among other challenges. The cutting edge clinical interventions presented in this book will help professionals answer these questions and help them to help their clients. The authors present a range of clinical options such as parent education, psycho-educational programs for children, and reunification programs for children and parents that make this volume a useful reference and practical guide.
Foreword William Bernet 1. Introduction Amy J. L. Baker 2. Clinical Reasoning and Decision-Making in Cases of Child Alignment: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Issues Steven G. Miller 3. Custody Evaluations in Alienation Cases S. Richard Sauber, Abe Worenklein 4. The Essential Role of the Mental Health Consultant in Parental Alienation Cases J. Michael Bone, S. Richard Sauber 5. Educating Divorcing Parents: Taking Them Beyond the High Road Amy J. L. Baker, Paul Fine 6. Psychotherapy with Targeted Parents Bill and Lorna Goldberg 7. Supporting Targeted Parents: The International Support Network for Alienated Families Karen Lebow 8. Psycho-Educational Work with Children in Loyalty Conflict: The I Don't Want to Choose Program Amy J. L. Baker, Katherine Andre 9. Walking on Thin Ice: Providing Effective, Systemically Informed, Child-Centered Psychotherapies for Children of Divorce Benjamin D. Garber 10. Reunification and the One-Way Mirror Jack Weitzman 11. The Effectiveness of the Application of Structural Family Therapy to Treatment of the PAS Family Linda Gottlieb 12. Family Reunification in a Forensic Setting Jane Albertson-Kelly, Barbara Burkhard 13. Working with Adult Children of Parental Alienation Joe Rabiega, Amy J. L. Baker