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Working With Alienated Children and Families: A Clinical Guidebook [Paperback]

Amy J. L. Baker , S. Richard Sauber

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22 Jan 2013 0415518032 978-0415518031 1

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.

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Working With Alienated Children and Families is a thought-provoking and stimulating read for professionals who want to understand different treatment protocols necessary to work with families in high conflict. Readers will learn that reunification therapy has unique challenges that require the therapist to rethink all they have previously learned about working with families in high conflict. This book should be required reading for therapist engaged in forensic reunification therapy. Many questions about how to work with these families will be answered.” - Douglas Darnall, Ph.D., Psychologist, Ohio; Author; Forensic Consultant; CEO, PsyCare

“This work is an extremely timely and helpful collection, which leads and updates professionals, children, and their parents as the subjects of these high conflict parenting scenarios. The editors use their own expertise to cherry pick among the best guiding principles and writers to further illuminate the behaviors, results, and remedies found in parental alienation awareness.” - Robert Samery, Director, VP, Parental Alienation Awareness Organization

"It would be too simplistic to say that Working With Alienated Children and Families is a do’s and don’ts manual for treating parental alienation and parental alienation syndrome. This work contains priceless information that will provide mental health professionals with the keys to unlock the difficulties in working with families and children who have had to endure the loss of a once loving relationship. It will arm the provider with the necessary tools to educate, support, and reunify clients who are traveling the road of confusion, heartbreak, and sadness. This book is a must have for mental health professionals who are trying to make a difference and save the souls of our most precious commodity, our children.” - Jill Egizii, President, Parental Alienation Awareness Organiztation, USA; Host of television and radio show Family Matters; Author, The Look of Love and Co-Author, Parental Alienation 911

Working With Alienated Children and Families provides an important contribution to assist professionals in our challenging work. This book contains an excellent cross section, including chapters on clinical decision-making, evaluation and differentiation, the role of the mental health consultant, and a variety of informed psycho-educational and therapeutic approaches for children and their parents. A review of this edited volume is sure to impart the reader with many useful tools and other interventions to assist alienated children and their families.” - Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D., Acc.FM., Registered Psychologist; in Private Practice, Ontario, Canada

“Alienated children and their targeted parents suffer tremendously and need the very best from the mental health practitioners who work with them. This book will provide clinicians with state of the art information as well as practical tools to effectively work with families affected by parental alienation. This book should be on the bookshelf of any clinician working with divorced/divorcing families and their children.” - Steven Alan Hassan M.Ed. LMHC, NCC, Freedom of Mind Resource Center Inc.; Author, Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults and Beliefs

About the Author

Amy J. L. Baker, Ph.D., is the author of Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Breaking the Ties That Bind, as well as over 65 peer-reviewed publications on the topic of parental alienation, psychological maltreatment, child welfare, and parent–child relationships. She conducts research at the Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection.

S. Richard Sauber, Ph.D., has been in practice for 30 years as a forensic family and clinical psychologist. He is certified in Family and Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and licensed by the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec, Canada. He has also been the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Family Therapy since 1976.

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3.0 out of 5 stars thin on treatment protocol 20 Dec 2012
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As a target parent for over five years now, I anxiously awaited and pre-ordered this book. I see the single biggest problem I face in getting the court to recognize and stop alienation is that there is no agreed upon protocol for treating the problem. The judge is inclined to try to ignore alienation because a reliable proven solution cannot be presented; she will look to label the problem as a high-conflict divorce and reserve judgment on "He said, she said" . I believe judge's would be more willing if the only "proven" method did not entail removal from custody for at least six months and an expensive deprogramming in Texas.
Unlike Ms. Baker's previous book, this is not devoid of treatment protocols, but it amounts to maybe twenty pages. The most useful appears to be Linda Gottleib's description of two scenarios and how they were handled. Where can I get more of this specific treatment information? We have many books describing the problem but not much on what to do. I need this so that I can attempt to educate a therapist to try to help me save my children. Yes we know the wrong therapist can make the problem worse (I have hired several of them) but what exactly are the therapeutic choices. We need a book that is very specific and complete, as if you were trying to give a therapist a blueprint on attacking the problem. If there is only one effective therapist in any large geographic area, how can you expect a target parent to arrange for the court to allow such a person to treat the family? Am I expected to get the court to arrange for me to travel several hours with severely alienated children to meet with such a person? Not likely. Ms. Baker needs to realize that she has to provide the training so that the possible cure can spread, and quickly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important for the Parental Alienation Expert's Library 9 Jan 2014
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Important for the Parental Alienation Expert's Library, especially Steven Miller, M.D.'s chapter that brings a revolutionary criteria methodology that may greatly improve the reliability of identifying severe parental alienation, as well as introducing how critical it is to be using Bays Theorem in the application of evaluating the evidence and the criteria.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible insight into parental alienation 13 Nov 2013
By Deborah Shreffler - Published on
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Incredible insight into a very misunderstood, yet far too prevalent social problem that is claiming the future happiness of countless children...covert psychological and emotional child abuse. Chapter 2 goes in depth into explaining the clinical errors made by far too many mental health professionals that lead to disastrous conclusions for the children.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 21 Mar 2013
By Mark N. Wilson - Published on
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great book as always from this very knowledgeable woman. excellent understanding of the dynamics and useful techniques for therapy. will use the book often
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5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding 23 Feb 2013
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Finally the book that should be part of every clinician's desk, family court judge, attorney, educator...should be a core textbook in college training.
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