A collection of resources about Parental Alienation.


Traditional Counseling/Family Therapy Fails Severely Aliendate Children

by Robert A. Evans, Ph.D.

It is a myth that severely alienated children are best treated with traditional therapy techniques while living primarily with their favored parent. Unfortunately, professionals in both the legal and mental health fields continue to refer severely alienated children and rejected parents to these therapeutic approaches only to discover months later that not only has the situation not been resolved but has actually gotten worse. And regardless of these results, Courts will frequently order another round of same or similar treatment while the children remain living with the favored parent, the one alleged to be the alienating parent.
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Parental Alienation Syndrome: How to Detect It and What to Do About It
by J. Michael Bone, Ph.D. and Michael R. Walsh

Although parental alienation syndrome (PAS) is a familiar term, there is still a great deal of confusion and unclarity about its nature, dimensions, and, therefore, its detection. Its presence, however, is unmistakable. In a longitudinal study of 700 “high conflict” divorce cases followed over 12 years, it was concluded that elements of PAS are present in the vast majority of the samples. Diagnosis of PAS is reserved for mental health professionals who come to the court in the form of expert witnesses. Diagnostic hallmarks usually are couched in clinical terms that remain vague and open to interpretation and, therefore. susceptible to argument pro and con by opposing experts. The phenomenon of one parent turning the child against the other parent is not a complicated concept, but historically it has been difficult to identify clearly. Consequently, cases involving PAS are heavily litigated, filled with accusations and counter accusations, and thus leave the court with an endless search for details that eventually evaporate into nothing other than rank hearsay. It is our experience that the PAS phenomenon leaves a trail that can be identified more effectively by removing the accusation hysteria, and looking ahead in another positive direction.
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Parental Alienation Syndrome: Examining the Validity Amid Controversy
by J. Michael Bone, Ph.D.

Use of the diagnosis of Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) in family law cases has generated substantial debate. When one parent alleges the other is alienating a child or committing a similar wrongdoing, it is incumbent upon the attorneys within the adversarial process to explore and challenge the factual basis of both positions. In cases involving PAS, not only is the diagnosis of PAS questioned in predictable ways in the courtroom, the critique often extends on a more personal level to the syndrome’s originator, Richard Gardner, M.D. Much of the literature often considered by courts as authoritative in challenging Gardner or PAS is based on opinion rather than fact.
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Parental Alienation Syndrome: An Age-Old Custody Problem
by Michael R. Walsh and J. Michael Bone, Ph.D.

The term parental alienation syndrome (PAS), first described by Richard Gardner, is also sometimes referred to as “brainwashing.”(1) Its concept and dynamics include a complex network of involvement and motives on the part of all members acting in this family drama. Furthermore, each of them usually takes his or her role in the alienation process well before the dissolution or separation process begins.
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Books & DVDs

The Essentials of Parental Alienation Syndrome: It’s Real, It’s Here and It Hurts
by Robert A. Evans, Ph.D. and J. Michael Bone, Ph.D
The High-Conflict Custody Battle: Protect Yourself and Your Kids from a Toxic Divorce, False Accusations, and Parental Alienation
by Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D., J. Michael Bone, Ph.D., and Brian Ludmer, BComm, LLB
Handbook of Child Custody
edited by Mark L. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Working With Alienated Children and Families: A Clinical Guidebook
edited by Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D., and S. Richard Sauber, Ph.D.
Divorce Poison: How to Protect Your Family from Bad-mouthing and Brainwashing
by Dr. Richard A. Warshak
Welcome Back Pluto: Understanding, Preventing, and Overcoming Parental Alienation
featuring Dr. Richard A. Warshak
Surviving Parental Alienation: A Journey of Hope and Healing
by Amy J.L. Baker PhD, Paul R. Fine LCSW, et al.
Co-Parenting with a Toxic Ex: What to Do When Your Ex-Spouse Tries to Turn the Kids Against You
by Amy J.L. Baker PhD, Paul R. Fine LCSW, et al.
Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Breaking the Ties That Bind (Norton Professional Book)
by Amy J. L. Baker Ph.D.
Getting Through My Parents’ Divorce: A Workbook for Children Coping with Divorce, Parental Alienation, and Loyalty Conflicts
by Amy J. L. Baker PhD and Katherine C. Andre PhD
Understanding Parental Alienation: Learning to Cope, Helping to Heal
by Karen Woodall and Nick Woodall
Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals (Behavioral Science and Law)
by Demosthenes Lorandos, William Bernet, et al.
Bonded to the Abuser: How Victims Make Sense of Childhood Abuse
by Amy J.L. Baker and Mel Schneiderman
The International Handbook of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Conceptual, Clinical And Legal Considerations (American Series in Behavioral Science and Law)
by Richard A. Gardner, Richard S. Sauber, et al.
The Boys and Girls Book About Divorce: For Children and Their Divorced Parents–The Essential Book
by Richard Gardner
The Parental Alienation Syndrome: A Guide for Mental Health and Legal Professionals
by Richard A. Gardner