Working in the Danger Zone: Safeguarding Practitioners Working with Alienated Children and Their Families

Karen Woodall

I have been working with alienated children and their families for many years now and I am well used to the risks involved. For practitioners new to the field however, the risks may not be visible, until it is too late.  Developing the new European Association for Parental Alienation Practitioners, is one of the ways that the Family Separation Clinic is committed to building an alienation aware work force which is not risk averse in its approach.  Teaching other practitioners how to ensure that they do not suffer the consequences of intervening in alienation cases, via alienating parents triangulating their governing body into the dynamic is another.

This subject is dear to my heart because I suffered the consequence of being governed by a body which is not alienation aware and therefore was not  sufficiently capable of recognising the way in which it was being used by an alienating parent…

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